CHES is a competency-based test which assesses the following areas of responsibilities for health education specialists:

  • Ability to assess individual and community needs for health education.
  • Ability to plan effective health education programs.
  • Ability to implement health education programs.
  • Ability to evaluate the effectiveness of health education programs.
  • Ability to coordinate the provision of health education services.
  • Ability to act as a resource person in health education.
  • Ability to communicate health and health education needs, concerns and resources.

The examination is given twice each year here on the Ball State University campus.

The CHES Examination consists of 150 multiple choice questions that measure the possession, application and interpretation of knowledge essential to the practice of health education. The time limit for completing this test is approximately three hours.

For information on how to apply to take CHES and eligibility requirements contact the Department of Nutrition and Health Science at 765-285-5962 or write for a brochure at the following address: 

    The National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. 
    944 Marion Blvd., Suite 310 
    Allentown, PA 18103-8840 

Or call: 1-800-624-3248