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Continuing Education

What is Continuing Education?

Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH):

In 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.

CECH 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 practice.

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There are two types of CECH:

Category I
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.

Category 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.

At 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.

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Category II
A Category II activity is not preapproved by NCHEC.

Up 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.

To apply for Category II CECH, you must complete the Category II Claim Form within 90 days following completion of an event.

Click Here to Download the Category II Claim Form

Exception 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.

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CECH Fees:

NCHEC does not charge any continuing education fees. Individual providers of continuing education may still require payment of administrative fees to defray their expenses in completing the provider application, filing the continuing education report and maintaining attendance records following an event.

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© 2002 The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc.
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