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Health Specialist / Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS)
What is a REHS/RS Credential?
The REHS/RS is the premiere NEHA credential. It is available to a wide
range of environmental health professionals. Individuals holding the
REHS/RS credential show competency in environmental health issues,
direct and train personnel to respond to routine or emergency
environmental situations, and frequently provide education to their
communities on environmental health concerns. The advantages of NEHA's
REHS/RS registration program are: demonstrate your competency and
capabilities in the environmental health field, the continual update of
the REHS/RS examination and study guide based on an ongoing assessment
of the environmental health field, and the tracking of individuals
continuing education by NEHA.
In 2013, the National Environmental
Health Association undertook the process of a Job Task Analysis to
refresh and update the REHS/RS examination. Subject Matter Experts were
used to develop a new, up-to-date, relevant exam.
NEHA will be releasing this new
exam on July 13, 2014, at the
Education Conference in Las Vegas. This information reflects the
changes to the exam content and suggested references.
Eligibility and Exam
Eligibility to sit for this credentialing exam
is determined by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA).
Applications and fees must be submitted to NEHA for review. For
applications and additional information about eligibility requirements,
please contact: National Environmental Health Association, 720
S. Colorado Blvd., Suite 1000-N, Denver, CO 80246, Phone: 303-756-9090,
ext. 310, E-mail:
To be eligible to sit for the REHS/RS credential examination, a
candidate must meet the criteria for A, B, or C as follows:
A. Environmental Health Degree Track: You are
eligible for the credential if you have a Bachelor’s, Master’s, or
PhD in environmental health from a degree program accredited by the
National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation
Council. To find out if your degree program has been accredited by
NEHSPAC, please visit their website at:
B. Bachelor’s Degree Track: You are eligible for the
credential if you hold a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited
institution (accredited by the Department of Education or the
Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) that includes:
An Algebra course or higher level math; and
30 semester/45 quarter hours in basic sciences; and
Two or more years of experience working in environmental health.
C. “In-Training” Status: If you meet condition B of
the eligibility requirements, but do not yet have the required work
experience, you may apply for an “In-Training” Status registration.
You will have three (3) years to acquire the necessary experience to
transfer your registration to full-credential status. If you do not
acquire the necessary experience in three years, your “In-Training”
status will expire. In order to obtain the credential you will need
to once again apply and be found eligible to take the exam.
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,