MCHES : A New Advanced-level
        Health Education Specialist
                Credential

                   Melissa Re...
Presentation Objectives
• Review the CHES certification
• Summarize the development of the MCHES,
  the advanced-level cer...
CHES Certification

• Three Components:
   – Meet Academic Eligibility Standards
   – Pass Written Examination
   – Contin...
CHES Logo
• For Active CHES that have satisfied NCHEC’s
  certification/ recertification requirements
• Available to use o...
Why an Advanced Credential?
   • Official recommendations of the National Task
     Force on Accreditation

   • Findings ...
Why an Advanced Credential?




     To help advanced - level CHES:
         identify
         promote
         and advanc...
Advanced Certification:
            History Summary
          • The Competency Update Project (CUP) results:
           • ...
Reasons to become MCHES
  • Validation that you are skilled in advanced-level
    responsibilities and competencies for a ...
Certified Health Education Specialist
          (CHES) Credential
          Establishes professional identity
Exam Eligibi...
Master Certified Health Education
      Specialist (MCHES) Credential
Confirms professional development / career ladder
1s...
MCHES Experience Documentation
Opportunity
• CHES ≥ 5 years continuous active status
• 6 month period (target opening Octo...
Fees & Recertification
• MCHES application fees : range from $200-$390 based on type
  of application and submission deadl...
Timeline MCHES Certification
                • Acceptance of Health Educator Job Analysis (HEJA) Task Force
    Fall 2009 ...
•Marketing
   •Promote CHES & MCHES
   •Develop & implement communication plan
   •Marketing strategies to employers
•Poli...
www.nchec.org
Details and updates can
be found on the NCHEC
       news page
NCHEC Communication
        Director:
  mrehr...
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  1. 1. MCHES : A New Advanced-level Health Education Specialist Credential Melissa Rehrig, MPH, CHES NCHEC, Communication Director mrehrig@nchec.org HpCareer.net Lunch & Learn Friday February 5, 2010 © NCHEC, 2010
  2. 2. Presentation Objectives • Review the CHES certification • Summarize the development of the MCHES, the advanced-level certification. • Explain MCHES certification eligibility criteria, fees, continuing education requirements and critical dates. • Explain the Experience Documentation Opportunity , (EDO). © NCHEC, 2010
  3. 3. CHES Certification • Three Components: – Meet Academic Eligibility Standards – Pass Written Examination – Continuing Education Requirements -75 in 5 years • Voluntary • National in Scope • Based on Generic Health Education Responsibilities and Competencies • Verified through a Job Analysis • Meets NCCA standards • Over 8,500 Active CHES © NCHEC 2010
  4. 4. CHES Logo • For Active CHES that have satisfied NCHEC’s certification/ recertification requirements • Available to use on: – business cards – email signatures – letterhead/ stationery – resumes – marketing materials • Go to the NCHEC Web site © NCHEC, 2010
  5. 5. Why an Advanced Credential? • Official recommendations of the National Task Force on Accreditation • Findings of CUP revealed advanced levels among health educators in their practice. This was confirmed by the Job Analysis Project. • 2006 Feasibility Study Survey: 2/3 of respondents indicated that an advanced level certification will benefit the profession • Continuing comments from health educators that current CHES credential is “entry-level” and, therefore, not reflective of the scope of practice of many health education specialists. © NCHEC, 2010
  6. 6. Why an Advanced Credential? To help advanced - level CHES: identify promote and advance their skills. © NCHEC, 2010
  7. 7. Advanced Certification: History Summary • The Competency Update Project (CUP) results: • Entry: Baccalaureate/master’s. <5 years’ experience • Advanced 1: Baccalaureate/master’s, >5 years’ experience 2005 • Advanced 2: Doctorate and >5 years’ experience • 2/06: Pilot Survey at the Dallas Congress 2006 • The Advanced Credential Feasibility Study • results indicated that an advanced level certification would benefit the 2007 profession • April: NCHEC Position Statement about Advanced Certification 2008 • August: Call for Comments (67% favorable) • April: NCHEC Board of Commissioners approved Policy Statement about the Advanced Certification 2009 © NCHEC, 2010
  8. 8. Reasons to become MCHES • Validation that you are skilled in advanced-level responsibilities and competencies for a health education specialist • Provides advanced-level continuing education opportunities, in order for health education specialist to stay abreast of the latest research and practice in the field • Increases professional confidence because you have validated your knowledge and application of the core MCHES responsibilities • Recognition of experience and expertise in your chosen field • Differentiate experienced professionals from entry- level practitioners © NCHEC, 2010
  9. 9. Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) Credential Establishes professional identity Exam Eligibility: Minimum Bachelors degree Academic transcript Major and/or reflecting 25 semester hrs degree in health OR addressing the Seven Areas of Responsibility of education Health Educators © NCHEC, 2010
  10. 10. Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) Credential Confirms professional development / career ladder 1st MCHES EXAM: target date October 2011 ELIGIBILITY: CHES Non-CHES Minimum of the Or CHES <5 yrs past 5 continuous yrs active status active status 5 yrs experience Master’s degree or higher in Health Ed as a health OR educator •CV/Resume Master’s degree or higher with transcript reflecting •2 letters of 25 semester hrs recommendation addressing the Seven Areas of Responsibility © NCHEC, 2010
  11. 11. MCHES Experience Documentation Opportunity • CHES ≥ 5 years continuous active status • 6 month period (target opening October 2010) • If successful, applicants will not have to take the exam Experience Self Appraisal form Two Testament of practice forms Resume/CV © NCHEC, 2010
  12. 12. Fees & Recertification • MCHES application fees : range from $200-$390 based on type of application and submission deadline 1st deadline 2nd deadline 3rd deadline Final deadline MCHES Experience (CHES) $200 $210 $240 $290 Documentation Opportunity Exam (CHES) $250 $260 $290 $340 Exam (Non-CHES) $300 $310 $340 $390 Recertification/Renewal Annual renewal fee (after 1st year): $55.00 Continuing Education • 75 CECH in 5 years •30 CECH must be linked to advanced-level Competencies © NCHEC, 2010
  13. 13. Timeline MCHES Certification • Acceptance of Health Educator Job Analysis (HEJA) Task Force Fall 2009 Report • by SOPHE, AAHE & NCHEC • Release of Revised Framework Publication May 2010 Oct. 2010 • MCHES Experience Documentation Opportunity (EDO) Period –April 2011 Oct. • MCHES Exam Study Materials available 2010 • First MCHES credential conferred from EDO April • New CHES Exam administered on updated Competencies 2011 Oct.. • First MCHES exam 2011 © NCHEC, 2010
  14. 14. •Marketing •Promote CHES & MCHES •Develop & implement communication plan •Marketing strategies to employers •Policies and Procedures •Specifics of CECH opportunities •Refinement of specific policies Next Steps for NCHEC © NCHEC, 2010
  15. 15. www.nchec.org Details and updates can be found on the NCHEC news page NCHEC Communication Director: mrehrig@nchec.org © NCHEC, 2010

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