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1 CHES and MCHES: Recent Developments and An Advanced- Level Health Education Certification Developing a Sustainable System of Quality Assurance for Professional Preparation and Practice of Health Education Specialist in the U.S. IUHPE Conference in Geneva July 12, 2010 © NCHEC, 2010 Linda Lysoby, MS, CHES, CAE Executive Director, NCHEC

2 This presentation will cover U.S. Health Education: Certification Organization Structure and ProcessesImportance of Competencies in Certification Certified Health Education Specialist- Entry and Advanced Future Challenges of CHES/MCHES Certification © NCHEC 2009

3 Vision Statement: To be the premier credentialing body for health education specialists Promote professional development Strengthen professional preparation and practice Support and promote the profession Strategic Plan Priority I Strategic Plan Priority II Strategic Plan Priority III Strategic Plan Priority IV Certify health education specialists Mission Statement: To enhance the professional practice of Health Education by promoting and sustaining a credentialed body of Health Education Specialists. To meet this Mission, NCHEC certifies health education specialists, promotes professional development, and strengthens professional preparation and practice.

4 NCHEC Structure Nonprofit, Certification Organization Division Board for Certification of Health Education Specialists (13) Division Board for Professional Development (7) Division Board for Professional Preparation & Practice (7) Office Staff (6) © NCHEC 2010 Board of Commissioners (11) Executive Director (1) __

5 History of NCHEC Credentialing of Health Educators National Task Force Developed Role Verification Competencies Established NCHEC Incorporated as a Nonprofit Organization Charter Certification Initiated - Work History First CHES Exam Given Competency Update Project (CUP) Results Released ( Study) Revised Framework Published CHES Exam Based on New Framework NCAA Accreditation of CHES Program Health Education Job Analysis (HEJA) Results Released ( Study) © NCHEC 2010

6 Professional Credentialing Components Parallel forms of exam created Minimum pass score set Reliability and validity based on psychometric methods Link exam to defined body of knowledge Role delineation or job analysis Source: Credentialing Concepts (2006). Institute for Credentialing Excellence. © NCHEC 2010

7 Area of Responsibility/ Domains USKoreaGalway Consensus Conf. I. Assess Needs, Assets, and Capacity for Health Education II. Planning, Implementation and Evaluation of health education program I. Catalyzing change II. Plan Health Education II. Planning, Implementation and Evaluation of health education program II. Leadership III. Implement Health Education III. Development of health education methods and materials III. Assessment IV. Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education IV. Management of health education program IV. Planning V. Administer and Manage Health Education V. Environmental support for healthy life V. Implementation VI. Serve as a Health Education Resource Person VI. Management of health information VI. Evaluation VII. Communicate and Advocate for Health and Health Education IV. Research for health education and promotion VII. Advocacy VIII. Partnerships

8 Benefits of Certification Establishes national standard Attests to individuals knowledge and skills Assists employers in identifying qualified practitioners Sense of pride and accomplishment Promotes continued professional development

9 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 9,000 Active CHES CHES Certification © NCHEC 2010

10 Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) Credential Establishes Professional Identity Exam Eligibility: Minimum Bachelors Degree Major and/or Degree In Health Education Academic Transcript Reflecting 25 Semester Hrs Addressing the Seven Areas of Responsibility of Health Educators OR © NCHEC 2010 Exam Fees: $210-$330 Renewal/Recertification Annual Renewal Fee : $55.00 Continuing Education 75 Hours in 5 Years

11 Why an Advanced Credential? Official recommendations of the National Task Force on Accreditation Findings of CUP and HEJA revealed advanced levels among health educators in their practice 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

12 Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) Credential (begins October 2011) Confirms Professional Development / Career Ladder Exam Eligibility: 5 Years Experience AND Masters Degree or 5 year CHES Major and/or Degree In Health Education Academic Transcript Reflecting 25 Semester Hrs Addressing the Seven Areas of Responsibility of Health Educators OR © NCHEC 2010 Exam Fees: $ Renewal/Recertification Annual Renewal Fee : $55.00 Continuing Education 75 Hours in 5 Years 30 CECH Must be Linked to Advanced-Level Sub-competencies

13 © NCHEC 2010 Percentage of 2011 CHES/MCHES Exam Questions by Area of Responsibility Area of Responsibility CHESMCHES I. Assess Needs, Assets, and Capacity for Health Education 12% 10% II. Plan Health Education 15% III. Implement Health Education 24% 20% IV. Conduct Evaluation and Research Related to Health Education 15% 16% V. Administer and Manage Health Education 11% 16% VI. Serve as a Health Education Resource Person 16% 15% VII. Communicate and Advocate for Health and Health Education 7% 8%

14 MCHES Experience Documentation Opportunity (EDO) © NCHEC, 2010 CHES 5 years continuous active status 6 month period (October 2010 to April 2011) only Document practice of advanced-level practice & testament of 2 recommenders If successful, applicants will not have to take the exam

15 Timeline for Job Analysis & MCHES Certification Feb 2010 Health Education Job Analysis Results Released by SOPHE, AAHE & NCHEC August 2010 Release of Revised Framework and Study Guide Publications Oct.10 – Apr 11 MCHES Experience Documentation Opportunity (EDO) Period Oct MCHES Exam Study Materials available April 2011 First MCHES Credential Conferred from EDO New CHES Exam administered on updated Competencies Oct First MCHES Exam © NCHEC 2010

16 Health Education Specialist Job Opportunities Web site Postings: CHES Required or Preferred Free Job Listings: Total Number of Ads in April 2010 = 51 Postings © NCHEC 2010

17 Future Challenges & Lessons Learned Quality Standard Set and enforce minimum pass score Update competencies regularly Apply standards consistently © NCHEC 2010

18 For More Information National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc 1541 Alta Drive, Suite 303 Whitehall, PA © NCHEC 2010


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