Advance Your Career with a NEHA Credential
Receive the recognition you deserve for your expertise by earning one of the environmental health credentials offered by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA). Founded in 1937 by practitioners who wanted to establish a standard of excellence for the profession, that standard has come to be known as the Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS) credential. Since that time, NEHA has developed additional credentials that evidence mastery of specialized knowledge. NEHA is striving to make the credentialing process as convenient as possible.
These marks of distinction assist both employers and the credentialed individual. Employers can be confident that a credentialed employee has acquired the knowledge necessary to competently perform their duties. Credentialed individuals may find positions easier to obtain and may increase their earnings.
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requires competent, qualified auditors to carry out the functions described in the regulations. To position this field for the future, NEHA is proud to announce its newest credentials —the Certified in Food Safety Supplier Audits (CFSSA) and the Registered Food Safety Auditor (RFSA). The CFSSA credential will prepare individuals to complete 1st and 2nd party audits as well as food safety supply chain audits. The RFSA credential is for individuals who will be prepared to also complete 3rd party food safety audits.
A Certified Foodborne Outbreak Investigator (CFOI) Credential holder utilizes environmental health principles and food safety knowledge in collaboration with outbreak response partners to assess foodborne illness risks, perform environmental assessments, identify contributing factors and antecedents, and implement control measures to prevent the spread of foodborne illness and protect the public.
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 health situations, and frequently provide education to their communities on environmental health concerns.
The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) has recast the food safety landscape, including the role of the food safety professional. To fill this void, the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) offers the Certified in Comprehensive Food Safety (CCFS) credential. An individual that earns the CCFS credential will demonstrate expertise in the manufacturing and processing areas, whether in a regulatory/oversight role or in a food safety management or compliance position within the private sector.
The Certified Professional - Food Safety is for food safety professionals and is designed for individuals within the public and private sectors whose primary responsibility is the protection and safety of food. The exam for this prestigious credential integrates food microbiology, HACCP principles and regulatory requirements into questions that test problem solving skills and knowledge.
Please note: the NEHA Board Credentialing Committee has directed the staff to sunset the HHS credential. Applicants have until 12/31/2017 in order to take the exam. The HHS designation is still recognized and maintained by NEHA through its credential maintenance program and NEHA will continue to support HHS credential holders that adhere to the renewal requirements. 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).
Please note: the NEHA Board Credentialing Committee has directed the staff to sunset the CIOWTS credential. Applicants have until 12/31/2017 in order to take the exam. The CIOWTS designation is still recognized and maintained by NEHA through its credential maintenance program and NEHA will continue to support CIOWTS credential holders that adhere to the renewal requirements. Through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), NEHA has worked with and various partner groups to develop a national credential to certify installers of onsite wastewater treatment systems. The credential covers all forms of installation and will be offered at both a basic and advanced levels.
Want to learn more about Credentials?
View a presentation by NEHA’s Credentialing Manager, TJay Gerber, which provides 20 minutes of information related to the credentialing program and to NEHA. He then answers questions asked by webinar attendees for the next 30 minutes. This outlines the benefit of holding a NEHA credential, and specifically the Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS).