order to maintain certification, a CHES must accumulate
a minimum of 75 CECH over the five-year certification
period. CHES are encouraged to accumulate a minimum of
15 CECH per year, and to complete all continuing education
requirements at least 90 days prior to recertification.
are those experiences that assist in the development or
enhancement of the knowledge and skills directly related
to the Seven Areas of Responsibility and the individual's
professional occupation. NCHEC encourages CHES to pursue
training in all Seven Areas of Responsibility, as competence
in all Areas is essential to successful health education
Category I refers to continuing education that is
preapproved by NCHEC. Of the 75 hours to be earned
in a five-year period, at least 45 CECH must be earned
by participating in Category I activities. You may choose
to earn all of your CECH in Category I. CHES who have
accumulated in excess of 75 CECH at the end of their current
five-year certification cycle may carry over a maximum
of 15 Category I CECH into their next five-year certificaiton
cycle. Category II hours are not eligible for carry over.
I activities are offered by 'designated providers.' A
'designated provider' is an organization that has demonstrated
its ability to meet specific NCHEC criteria for offering
Certified Health Education Specialist Responsibilities-related
activities. Designated providers report all activities
directly to NCHEC.
the end of a Category I activity you will receive a certificate
that includes a 'designated provider number' and an 'event
number.' Keep this certificate as proof of your participation
in the activity.
A Category II activity is not preapproved
to 30 CECH can be earned by participating in quality activities
that relate to at least one of the Seven Areas of Responsibility
for CHES, but were not approved in advance by NCHEC.
apply for Category II CECH, you must complete the Category
II Claim Form within 90 days following completion
of an event.
to the 45 Category I/30 Category II Rule:
If you live outside the continental United States you
may earn all 75 CECH through activities that are not preapproved
by NCHEC. Submit these using the Category II Claim Form.