Online Program

Beyond the Degree and Certification: Continuing Professional Competence

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 1:35 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Linda Lysoby, MS, MCHES, CAE, National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc (NCHEC), Whitehall, PA
Nicolette Warren, MS, MCHES, Director of Health Equity, Society for Public Health Education, Washington, DC
Completing a degree program and successfully passing a certification exam are achievements in establishing the identity of the public health education professional.  Degrees and professional certification helps to ensure a high level of competence in the health education workforce. As work experience continues, maintenance of this competence is supported by continued training in the knowledge and methods of the field. Presenters will discuss the movement within credentialing organizations and public advocacy groups to ensure the “Continuing Competency” of certified professionals.

This presentation identifies the requirements and process to maintain the Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES) certification and the Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) certification.   The activities available for Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH) have been revised based on the Sub-competencies identified in the Health Education Specialist Practice Analysis (HESPA). Changes and key resources available to earn continuing education contact hours for CHES and MCHES will also be revealed.  Also, presenters will discuss the movement within credentialing organizations and public advocacy groups in the concept of “Continuing Competency” of certified professionals.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the requirements for maintaining the CHES and MCHES certifications. Identify changes to the continuing education opportunities as a result of the recent HESPA Demonstrate ways to find various continuing education opportunities (conference presentations, self-studies, on-line courses, webinar) that qualify towards CHES/MCHES recertification requirements. Describe the concept of “Continuing Competency”

Keyword(s): Certification, Health Promotion and Education

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have participated in the Health Education Specialist Practice Analysis (HESPA) Steering Committee. The non-profit National Commission for Health Education Credentialing has revised the qualifying Continuing Education Contact hours for CHES/MCHES recertification based on the HESPA.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.