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Continuing Education

Continuing Education Policies and Procedures
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Opportunities for earning continuing education contact hours (CECH) will be expanded in accordance with the guidelines set forth on this Web and in the policies and procedure document mail to all CHES.

Definitions:

Areas of Responsibility are the broad entry-level skills necessary for the practice of health education in all setting. Each Area of Responsibility is assigned related competencies as outline in the CHES Responsibility and Competencies.

Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH) are earned through participation in experiences that assist in the development or enhancement of the knowledge and skills directly related to the Areas of Responsibility and the individual's professional occupation.

Professional Development is the application of planned learning activities designed to maintain and enhance one's competence in health education following a previously attained level of professional preparation (adapted from Report of the 2000 Joint Committee on Health Education and Promotion Terminology).

Activities are the individual methods (described within each of the activity types) by which continuing education contact hours (CECH) may be earned. As always, personal and professional integrity should guide all CECH claims and documentation.

Category I refers to CECH opportunities that relate to one or more of the Areas of Responsibility, and have been preapproved by NCHEC (offered by Designated Providers).

Category II refers to CECH opportunities that relate to one or more of the Areas of Responsibility, but have not been preapproved by NCHEC (offered by nondesignated providers).

Documentation is the evidence needed to support a CECH claim.

Earning CECH:

  • NCHEC encourages training in all the Areas of Responsibility, as continued competence in all areas is essential to effective health education practice
  • CHES may earn CECH through completion of any of the following activities:
    Activity Types for CECH

    Attendance at Professional Meetings

    Self-Study

    Academic Preparation

    Creative Endeavors

    Professional Presentations

    Professional Service


  • Each activity is worth a specific number of CECH
  • CECH may not be claimed for activities, events, or experiences that are part of the daily job requirements
  • CECH for similar or closely-related activities may not be counted more than once. For example, CHES may not claim dual or additional CECH for:
    • concurrently taking a graduate thesis course and writing the thesis
    • attending seminars or workshops that are a normal part of a traineeship or mentorship for which CECH are claimed
    • publishing or republishing the same or a similar article in multiple publications or media (print or electronic)
    • presenting at and attending the same session at a conference
  • As always, personal and professional integrity should guide all CECH claims and documentation

Click Here to Learn About Documentation of CECH

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