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Mary Jane
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Should the CHES credential be required for applicants seeking Health Education positions?

January 12, 2010 at 11:49 AM Flag Quote & Reply

MaureenJohnson
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I am curious to see what students think about this. This is the Certified Health Education Specialist credential. Do you think it's essential if you have a health education degree from an accredited program? What does everyone think?

January 22, 2010 at 10:07 AM Flag Quote & Reply

Ashley Bollwahn
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I have found that being a new graduate in Community Health Education and having my CHES, employers are not familiar with CHES. Though personally  I have benefited from knowing the CHES credentials, which guided me professionally even though my employer had never heard of CHES.

July 19, 2010 at 6:08 PM Flag Quote & Reply

mmobrien
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I am currently interning at a health dept and nobody here is CHES certified, even the health educator.  Everyone that holds a position here is a Registered Nurse.  When I asked if she ever considered it, she didn't know what CHES was.  I think that health educators should have a degree from an accredited program.  There is so much more to health education than just handing out information, which seems to be how this health department works.  I think that the classes that we have to take on behavior change methods, program planning, and research are all essential for this type of working environment.

September 23, 2011 at 2:01 PM Flag Quote & Reply

njnegasis
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I am finding that more employers are posting CHES as a qualification to open positions, at least for positions I am looking for. I don't know if they think its needed though, or if its another way to narrow down candidates.

February 8, 2012 at 10:25 AM Flag Quote & Reply

MaureenJohnson
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That's a good point. More frequently, you will see "CHES preferred" on a vacant position description, but CHES certification is not yet required.

March 9, 2012 at 4:03 PM Flag Quote & Reply

kmarnell
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My degree, as of August 4th 2012, will be Interdisciplinary Studies: Life/Biomedical Sciences, Health Sciences, and Environmental Studies. Will I be able to take to the CHES certification exam even though my degree is not in the Health Education field? 

June 7, 2012 at 4:06 PM Flag Quote & Reply

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