Metro Center to offer test for health education certification

Registration has opened for the next Certified Health Education Specialist test, which will take place Saturday, Oct. 20, at the SUNY Oswego Metro Center in the Atrium, 2 Clinton Square in Syracuse. 

This voluntary certification was developed by and for the health education profession to promote mastery of a common set of skills across practice settings.

Registrants must meet eligibility requirements of the credentialing agency, the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc. The exam requires test takers to apply and interpret knowledge in the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Educators, which cover a range of competencies from planning to implementing to advocating for health education programs.

For example, students who have or soon will complete a bachelor’s degree in wellness management in SUNY Oswego’s wellness management program are eligible to register for the exam, because the academic program has been designed around competency in the Seven Areas of Responsibility for Health Educators, according to Sandra Moore, chair of the college’s department of health promotion and wellness.

SUNY Oswego Metro Center first served as a CHES examination site in April. Prior to that, the closest site was about a 90-minutes drive from Syracuse. This often required test takers to make an overnight stay, increasing the cost and time required to take the exam, officials said.

National certification aims to strengthen the standards for the health education profession, provide a way for qualified individuals to demonstrate their professional competency and supply evidence of their commitment to the health education profession.

The CHES test is offered twice yearly. Additional information about the CHES exam and health education certification can be obtained from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing Inc., 944 Marcon Blvd., Suite 310, Allentown, Pa. 18103 or at http://www.nchec.org.

For more information about SUNY Oswego Metro Center and its many programs for students and for professionals at any stage of their careers, call 315-399-4100 or email metro@oswego.edu.

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(Posted: May 08, 2012)

Tags: metro center, health promotion and wellness