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Healthy Homes Specialist (HHS)

The information on this page is for candidates taking the exam through April 5, 2015. If you are a candidate taking the exam  after April 6, 2015, please click here.


Exam Content Outline

The Healthy Homes Specialist Credential examination consists of 75 multiple-choice questions. You are given two (2) hours to complete the examination.

The following represents the exam content:

of Exam

Number of

Connection between health and housing             

  • Asthma

  • Death

  • Cancer

  • Neurological problems

  • Injury

  • Damp indoor spaces

  • Lead poisoning

  • Radon

  • Asbestos



Housing codes and related laws


 7 or 8

Housing as a system – basics of building science



Healthy homes strategies

  • Keep it dry

  • Keep it clean

  • Keep it pest-free

  • Keep it ventilated

  • Keep it safe

  • Avoid contaminants

  • Maintain the home



Resources for healthy homes


7 or  8



75 questions


Recommended Study References

While training is not a prerequisite to obtaining a credential, individuals who have completed the two-day Essentials for Healthy Homes Practitioners course offered by the National Healthy Homes Training Center and Network will gain valuable knowledge to help them to succeed. All course materials, including the exercises and videos, are available on-line.

The core reference for the training is the Healthy Homes Reference Manual by U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of Health and Urban Development. It is available for download in entirety or by chapter.

New Resource Available! The National Center for Healthy Housing, in partnership with leading public health experts, has unveiled a groundbreaking new book—Healthy and Safe Homes: Research, Practice, and Policy. The book is the first to offer a comprehensive look at the connection between health and housing and is a recommended study reference for the HHS credential. Check out the Credential Study References section of NEHA's online Bookstore for more information about this new resource.

For more information on training materials and class you can also go to:


Applications must be completed and returned to NEHA for review at least 4 weeks prior to the exam date. If an application is received less than 4 weeks prior to when an examination is being given you may have to schedule the exam for another date.

A complete application should include:

  1. Completed NEHA Application for Health Homes Specialist Credential

  2. Work Experience Verification Form

  3. Signed code of ethics

  4. Signed professional conduct questions

  5. Signed Statement of Affirmation

  6. Appropriate fees

  7. Third party review (applicable for foreign candidates only)


Exam Fees

All fees should accompany the NEHA Application for Professional Credentials.


Member Rate

Non-member Rate

Application fee $50 $85

Exam fee

$125 $225
Pearson VUE fee (if applicable $100 $100



Exam Scheduling and Locations

Candidates can choose to schedule the HHS examination in several different ways:

  1. National Healthy Homes Training Center provided by the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) offers the exam several times a year in different locations.  Go to the NCHH’s website for dates and locations for the exam at
  1. Candidates can choose to take the exam on computer through Pearson VUE.  By choosing this option candidates can schedule the examination at their convenience at one of Pearson VUE’s testing locations nationwide. To find a Pearson VUE testing center near you please visit  Taking the exam at Pearson VUE not only offers the candidate flexibility in scheduling the exam, but also allows the candidate to receive his/her scores immediately following the conclusion of the exam.
  1. Special test sites may be arranged through NEHA in cooperation with its test vendor, PTI. In order to accommodate requests for special test sites, arrangements must be made a minimum of 4-6 weeks prior to the requested date. The fee to set up a special test site is $350.00. For groups of 10 or more, the special test site fee is waived. Please complete the Special Test Site Request form (Appendix A) and return it to NEHA with your application.

Special Accommodations for Candidates with Disabilities or Impairments

NEHA is committed to ensuring that no individual is deprived of the opportunity to take a credentialing examination solely by reason of a disability or impairment. All test centers are fully accessible and compliant with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).

To make a request for special accommodations you must complete the Accommodation Request Form and Documentation of Disability Related Needs Form including the specific diagnosis of your disability; medical records, or other written proof of the diagnosis by an appropriate licensed professional; and the type of accommodation being requested.  All form and documentation must be returned to NEHA at least 8 weeks prior to the scheduled test date. Get receive a copy of the form please contact

If the forms are not returned to NEHA within 8 weeks prior to the scheduled test date your request for special accommodations may not be honored or may be delayed. 

With respect to all matters related to testing accommodations, NEHA will only communicate with the candidate, professionals knowledgeable about the candidate’s disability or impairment, and the candidate’s authorized representative (if applicable).


Admission to the Exam

NEHA will send an admission ticket approximately 2 weeks prior to your test date. The admission ticket will detail the exam date and location, reporting time, and starting time. Those that do not appear on the date of the exam at the appropriate time will forfeit all exam fees. Persons arriving after the examination has started may not be admitted.

If you lost your admission ticket or have not received an admission ticket at least 2 days prior to the test date, please contact NEHA immediately.

Only approved candidates will be admitted to the exam. No walk-in applicants will be admitted.

On test day please bring with you your admission ticket, photo identification (i.e. driver’s license or passport), and sharpened #2 pencils.

For Pearson VUE Candidates:

On test day please bring your photo identification (i.e. driver’s license or passport).


The passing score for the HHS is 70%. Your score will be based on the number of questions answered correctly. If you are unsure of the answer it is better to guess. You will not be given credit for any question left blank.

Your exam results will be mailed to you from the NEHA office 4-6 weeks after the administration. To insure confidentiality, exam scores will not be released over the phone, via fax or email.

Credential Maintenance

Once you have obtained the HHS credential you must maintain it. To keep your credential in good standing you must:

1.    Earn a minimum of 15 hours of continuing education every two years; and

2.   Submit renewal fees for your credential every two years ($125.00 members; $255.00 non-members).





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