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REHS/RS Credential Reciprocity

If you hold a state REHS or RS credential, you may be eligible to receive the NEHA REHS/RS credential without re-examination (reciprocity).  

Eligibility 

To be eligible for reciprocity you must: 
  1. Have a valid, current state registration; and 
  2. Have a bachelor’s degree with 30 semester/45 quarter hours in basic sciences; and 
  3. Have proof of passing the REHS/RS exam that was used by NEHA at the time you tested:  
  • NEHA REHS/RS exam taken on or after July 13, 2014 with a score of 650 or higher. 
  • NEHA REHS/RS exam taken between January 1, 1998 and July 12, 2014 with a score of 68% or higher. 
  • Professional Examination Service (PES) exam taken prior to December 31, 1997 with a score of 70% or higher. 
If you meet all of these qualifications, you qualify for reciprocity. If you do not, reciprocity is not available. 

Application 

Complete the full application as follows:  
Step 1 – Provide your contact information 
Step 2 – Select fee: 
  • NEHA member: $140 (Membership can be added in step 2 if desired.)
  • Non-Members: $200 
Step 3 – Read Part C and complete all parts. 
Step 4 – Indicate how transcripts will be provided to us and if the name on them is different than your current name. You can upload your transcript along with your application or request your school send it to us (Attn: Credentialing). 
Steps 5-7, (skip 8), 9 — Read and complete. 
 
Apply for NEHA REHS/RS Credential 

Completing Application 

Follow these steps to complete the application: 
Step 1 – Fill out your contact information 
Step 2 – Application Fees: 
  • NEHA members* = $140  (*Membership is optional and can be added further down in Step 2). 
  • Non-Members = $200 for non-members 
Step 3 – Read Part C and complete all parts. 
Step 4 – Transcripts can come with the application or directly from the school and mailed separately (to Attn: Credentialing at NEHA). Indicate on Step 4 if transcripts will come separately and if name on transcript may differ from the name on your application (such as maiden name/married name). 
Steps 5-7, (skip 8), 9 — Read and complete. 

State Specific Reciprocity  

Arizona
  • You may qualify for regular reciprocity if you took the PES exam before December 31, 1997 or the NEHA REHS/RS exam after January 1, 2013. The one year Open Window Reciprocity opportunity expired on February 28, 2014. 
California
  • California state REHS exams taken before August 1992 may be eligible for reciprocity. California state exams taken after August 1992 are not eligible due to the different exam used in California. 
Connecticut
  • You may qualify for regular reciprocity if you took the PES exam before December 31, 1997 or the NEHA REHS/RS exam after January 1, 2013. The one-year Open Window Reciprocity opportunity expired on February 28, 2014. 
New Jersey
  • New Jersey state exams are not eligible for reciprocity unless you can prove you took the PES exam before January 1, 1998. 
Ohio
  • You may qualify for regular reciprocity if you took the PES exam before December 31, 1997 or the NEHA REHS/RS exam after January 1, 2013. The 1 year Open Window Reciprocity opportunity expired on February 28, 2014. 
Texas
  • Only the full-length NEHA REHS exam (4 hours, 250 questions) is eligible. The shorter Texas RS exam (100 questions) is NOT eligible for reciprocity. 

Documentation 

State Registration
  • If you’re not sure if you hold a state registration, contact your state registration program. If you do not have a current registration card or certificate showing an expiration date, request one from your state registration program.  
Bachelor’s Degree
  • If you’re not sure if your bachelor’s degree includes at least 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of basic science, review your college transcripts. We consider basic science courses to include Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, Physical Sciences or Health Sciences. We can request evaluate your college transcripts for $50.  
Exam
  • If you’re not sure which type of exam you took, the date you tested, or your score, check your personal documents from your state registration program or contact them for your specific information. We can provide state exam scores but we must have the approximate date you took it (records are filed in date order, not by name). 
Request Transcript Review