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Registered Environmental Health Specialist / Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS)



Exam Description/Content Areas

The REHS/RS examination consists of a total of 250 multiple-choice questions. The exam is split into two parts of 125 questions each. Candidates are given a total of four (4) hours to complete the entire exam or two (2) hours for each part with a short 15-minute break in between. Of the 250 items, 225 will be scored. The remaining 25 questions will be unscored, pilot questions. Those items will not be called out within the exam.

Below is an outline of the different content areas the examination covers and the percentages allotted to each of those areas. Please use this outline as a guide when preparing for the examination.

       

Content Areas

Final Weight

Number of Items

A

Conducting Facility Inspections

35.0%

79

1

Prioritize Inspections

1.0%

2

2

Maintain Inspection Equipment

1.0%

2

3

Perform Food Facility Inspections

17.5%

40

4

Perform Institution Inspections

2.0%

5

5

Perform Recreational Water Inspections

2.5%

6

6

Perform Group Gathering Inspections

2.0%

4

7

Perform Healthy Homes Inspections

2.0%

4

8

Perform Hazardous Waste Inspections

1.0%

2

9

Perform Bio-Medical Facility Inspections

1.0%

2

10

Perform Confined Feeding Operations Inspections

1.0%

2

11

Perform Other Facility Inspections

2.0%

5

12

Perform Solid Waste Facility Inspections

2.0%

5

B

Conducting System Inspections

20.0%

45

1

Perform Occupational Health and Safety Inspections

2.0%

5

2

Perform Onsite Waste Water System Inspections

12.0%

27

3

Perform Potable Water Quality Inspections

6.0%

13

C

Conducting Investigations

14.0%

32

1

Perform Complaint Investigations

5.0%

11

2

Perform Epidemiology Investigations

4.0%

9

3

Investigate Illegal Operators

2.0%

4

4

Perform Hazardous Waste Investigations

1.5%

3

5

Perform Indoor Air Quality Investigations

2.0%

5

D

Ensuring Compliance

13.0%

29

1

Develop Regulations

1.0%

2

2

Conduct Plan Review

5.0%

11

3

Review Establishment's HACCP Plan

2.0%

5

4

Provide Technical Assistance to Stakeholders

5.0%

11

E

Promoting Environmental Public Health Awareness

10.0%

22

1

Conduct Environmental Public Health Assessment

1.0%

2

2

Establish Community Partnerships

1.0%

2

3

Conduct Community Outreach

2.0%

4

4

Communicate Environmental Public Health Risks to Stakeholders

3.0%

7

5

Conduct Environmental Surveillance

3.0%

7

F

Responding To Emergencies

8.0%

18

1

Assess Community Risks

1.5%

3

2

Create Environmental Public Health Emergency Preparedness Plans

2.0%

5

3

Conduct Emergency Preparedness Training

1.0%

2

4

Implement Environmental Public Health Emergency Preparedness Plan

2.0%

5

5

Conduct Recovery Follow-up

1.5%

3

 

Total

100.0%

225


 


Completing the Application

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 Professional Credentials. (PDF)

  2. Official College Transcripts or official high school transcripts or GED. To be considered an official transcript it should be received at the NEHA office in the sealed envelope from the schools Registrarís Office/Transcript Office.

  3. Work Experience Verification Form.

  4. Appropriate fees.

  5. Third party review (applicable for foreign candidates).
     



Foreign Applicants

For foreign applicants or those that have attended and received a university degree outside of the United States applying under the Degree Track, a third party review of your transcript is necessary to determine equivalency to schools within the United States. The report given by the third party will need to accompany your NEHA Application for Professional Credential. 

You may learn about companies that provide this service by checking with the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) at www.naces.org

 



Transcript Review

U.S. Candidates can request NEHA to review their transcripts for eligibility separate of the application procedure for a $50 fee.
Transcript Review Request Form  (PDF)
 


 

Exam/Application Fees

All fees should accompany the NEHA Application for Professional Credentials.
 

 

Member Rate

Non-member Rate

Application fee $90.00 $125.00

Examination fee

$175.00 $325.00
Pearson VUE fee $100.00 $100.00

     



Exam Scheduling and Locations
 

Candidates can choose to schedule the REHS/RS examination in several different ways:
 

  1. The REHS/RS exam is offered annually at the NEHA Annual Educational Conference (AEC) & Exhibition.
     

  1. State Affiliate and Regional Meetings periodically offer the REHS/RS exam at their meetings/conferences. An up to date listing of these meeting/conference offerings can be found here: State Affiliate and Regional Meetings  (PDF)
     

  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 VUEís testing locations nationwide. To find a Pearson VUE testing center near you please visit www.pearsonvue.com/neha. 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 unofficial scores immediately following the conclusion of the exam.
     

  1. Special test sites may be arranged through NEHA in cooperation with the test vendor, PTI. In order to accommodate requests for special test sites, arrangements must be made a minimum of 6-8 weeks prior to the requested date. The fee to set up a special test site is $350.00. For groups of 10 or more REHS/RS and/or CP-FS candidates, 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.

 



Admission To The Exam
 

FOR PEARSON VUE CANDIDATES: NEHA will send you an authorization letter via e-mail when your application is processed as approved. The letter will have your PTI ID number and the Pearson VUE website to schedule a testing time. 

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

FOR PAPER EXAM CANDIDATES:

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. driverís license or passport), and sharpened #2 pencils.

 



Scores
 

The NEHA REHS/RS examination will report scores using scaled scores that range from 0 to 900 with a passing score of 650. The raw passing score is mathematically transformed so that the passing scaled score equals 650. This process is similar to the way one adjusts Celsius and Fahrenheit temperature scales. While the values may differ the temperatures are the same. For example, water boils at the same temperature regardless of the scale used.

Candidates who pass the examination will earn scaled scores of 650 and above, and those who fail will earn a scaled score between 0 and 649. A scaled score is NOT a percentage score. In summary, a scaled score is merely a transformation of a raw score. Scaling is done to report comparable results when forms and raw passing scores vary over time.

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.

 


 

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. To receive a copy of the form please contact Credentialing@neha.org.

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 candidateís disability or impairment, and the candidateís authorized representative (if applicable).


 


 

Credential Maintenance

  1. Earn a minimum of 24 hours of continuing education every two years; and

  2. Submit renewal fees for your credential every two years ($130.00 members; $345.00 non-members).

     


 

References
 

Recommended Study References

Below is a list of study references that are recommended to assist the candidate in preparing for the REHS/RS examination. All references are available for purchase through the NEHA online Bookstore.
 


 

Study Guide: REHS/RS Study Guide (Fourth  Edition), 2014, NEHA
 


 

Individual References

1.    Handbook of Environmental Health, Volumes 1 and 2 (Fourth Edition), 2003, H. Koren and M. Bisesi

2.    Environmental Engineering, 3-Volume Set (Sixth Edition), 2009, N.L. Nemerow, F.J. Agardy, P. Sullivan, J.A. Salvator (editors)

3.    Control of Communicable Diseases Manual (19th Edition), 2009, D. L. Heymann (Editor), APHA

4.    Environmental Health (Third Edition), 2003, M. T. Morgan

5.    Basic Environmental Health, 2001, A. Yassi

6.    Disaster Field Manual for Environmental Health Specialists, 2004

7.    Environmental Law Handbook (22nd Edition), 2014, Bernan Press

8.    Essential Epidemiology: Principles and Applications, 2002, W. Oleckno

9.    Pool & Spa Operatorô Handbook, 2012, National Swimming Pool Foundation

10. Emergency Public Health: Preparedness and Response, 2011, G.B. Kapur and J.P. Smith

11. Principles of Food Sanitation (Fifth Edition), 2006, N.G. Marriott and R.B. Gravani

12. 2009 and 2013 Model Food Codes, U.S. FDA

 


 

 

 

 

 


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