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Certified Environmental Health Technician (CEHT)

What is a CEHT Credential?

Exam and Application

What is a CEHT Credential?

The CEHT is for individuals who are interested in field intensive environmental health activities — such as testing, sampling, and inspections — and who are required to provide information on safe environmental health practices to eliminate environmental health hazards. Individuals holding the CEHT provide technical support and assistance to a variety of professionals (environmental health, specialists, health officers, sanitary engineers, health physicists, etc.) and often coordinate sanitation and environmental health activities with state and local public health units.


Obtaining the CEHT
To obtain the CEHT credential, you must apply, meet the eligibility requirements, and pass the CEHT examination. More information is also available in the CEHT Candidate Information Brochure (CIB) (PDF) and the NEHA Credentialing Handbook (PDF).

Eligibility Requirements

Candidates must meet either the education requirement under “A” or the education and experience requirements under “B”:

A.     Education: 

1. Graduation from a recognized two-year college program in an environmental health field (e.g., housing hygiene, air pollution, radiation health, occupational health, community noise, water and wastewater, solid wastes, milk and food sanitation, vector control); or

2. Graduation from an applicable military technical school (i.e., environmental health, preventive medicine, and veterinary medicine).

B.  Education & Experience:: 

1. Graduation from a standard four-year high school or acceptable equivalency certification; and

2. A minimum of two years work experience in one or more of the fields of environmental health. College or equivalent technical training may be substituted on a year-for-year basis.

NEHA’s Credentialing Handbook

It is strongly recommended that you read NEHA’s Credentialing Handbook: Guide to Policies and Procedures for NEHA’s Credentialing Programs. This handbook  outlines all the policies you are expected to follow by being a NEHA credential holder. The handbook also outlines in further detail the procedures for applying for a credential, submitting continuing education, and maintaining your credential.

If you would like to request a hardcopy of NEHA’s Credentialing Handbook, please contact the Credentialing Department at (303) 756-9090 ext. 310, or email





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