Continuing Education

Become a Designated Provider of Continuing Education Credits for Certified Health Education Specialists

What does it mean to be a 'Designated Provider'?

NCHEC awards 'Designed Provider' status to organizations approved to offer continuing education programs for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES). A national, nonprofit credentialing agency that's mission is to improve the quality of health education practice through the establishment, implementation and maintenance of a certification process for health education specialists, NCHEC seeks to promote scientific, ethical and state-of-the-art programs of professional preparation and continuing education.

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What is a continuing education activity?

At NCHEC, we define 'continuing education' as educational experiences that assist in the development or enhancement of the knowledge and skills directly related to the individual's professional occupation, and the Seven Areas of Responsibility listed below:

  • Assess individual and community needs for health education
  • Plan health education strategies, interventions, and programs
  • Implement health education strategies, interventions, and programs
  • Conduct evaluation and research related to health education
  • Administer health education strategies, interventions, and programs
  • Serve as a health education resource person
  • Communicate and advocate for health and health education

Continuing education experiences may include seminars, conferences, workshops, academic courses, satellite instruction, training programs, and directed self-study programs.

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Which Designated Provider category should I choose?

  • Single Event Provider (SEP)
    If you don't plan to offer many continuing education programs that address the Seven Areas of Responsibility, or you want approval for only one program (even if it will be offered more than once in a year), consider applying to become a Single Event Provider (SEP). (You may use the universal provider application form if you are already approved to offer the event for continuing education to another health profession.)

  • Multiple Event Provider (MEP)
    If you plan to offer several continuing education events that address the Seven Areas of Responsibility, you might be eligible to become a Multiple Event Provider (MEP).

  • Annual Event Provider (AEP)
    If you have sponsored a regional or national annual meeting or conference for at least five consecutive years, you may qualify to become an Annual Event Provider (AEP).

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Why should I become a Designated Provider?

  • To attract more health educators to your programs
  • To increase the visibility and credibility of your organization as a nationally recognized provider of continuing education for health educators
  • To provide a needed professional education service to your community

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Provider Instructions and Applications
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