Homes Specialist (HHS)
What is a
Find a HHS Credential Holder on Your Area
For as long as NEHA has existed, NEHA has
strived to elevate the standing and respect accord to those who practice
environmental health. One of the mechanisms used by professional
societies like NEHA to achieve such a goal is the one of credentialing.
Through a professional credential, one evidences to both their employer
and to the public they serve that they are competent to carry out the
duties and tasks expected of them. Such a mark of distinction also
serves the practitioner inasmuch as the effort expended to gain such a
credential often leads to higher levels of individual compensation and
regard, as it should. NEHA’s mission is to advance you — pure and
simple. Few professional fields are growing and changing as rapidly as
environmental health. Attainment of the HHS credential demonstrates
professional direction, achievement and the knowledge to carry out
functions and duties of a technical nature in a responsible manner.
The HHS exam tests your understanding of the connection
between health and housing, enabling you to take a holistic approach to
identify and resolve problems that threaten the health and well-being of
residents and was developed in partnership with the National Center for
Healthy Housing (NCHH).
Is the HHS Credential
right for you?
If you are a professional in one of the
groups below, you may be interested attaining the Healthy Homes
Individuals who have been certified
or licensed as lead risk assessors, radon measurement professionals,
or mold professionals—These individuals have developed a basic
expertise in a specific environmental hazard in the home and are
interested in expanding their capabilities and services.
Registered Environmental Health
Specialists seeking to demonstrate their experience and expertise in
Public Health Nurses seeking to
document their expertise in healthy homes.
Health department and housing agency
staff seeking to document their expertise in healthy homes or better
position their agencies to receive U.S. Department of Housing and Urban
Development (HUD) Healthy Homes grants.
Licensed pest management
professionals seeking to expand their services—Resolving pest
problems using integrated pest management techniques essentially
relies on a knowledge base similar that of the Healthy Homes
Certified home inspectors seeking to
expand their business by adding healthy homes to their standard
be eligible to obtain the Healthy Homes Specialist credential, you must
complete the Application for Healthy Homes Specialist (HSS) Credential
and meet the following criteria:
Be at least 21 years old;
Have ﬁve years of experience in housing,
environmental health or public health and
Achieve a score of 70% on the qualifying
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.
would like to request a hardcopy of NEHA’s Credentialing Handbook,
please contact the Credentialing Department at (303) 756-9090 ext. 310,