Registered Environmental Health Specialists
To renew a certification on December 31 of each even-numbered year, each registered environmental health specialist must complete 24 hours of acceptable continuing education during the preceding 24 month period OR have proof of current certification as a Certified Food Safety Professional (CFSP), NEHA Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS), Registered Hazardous Substances Professional (RHSP) or Registered Hazardous Substances Specialist (RHSS).
In order for a continuing education activity to be accepted, it must relate to environmental health and it may focus on research, documentation, management, or education. More information on acceptable programs can be found in the regulations pertaining to environmental health.
The Board of Registered Environmental Health Specialists will not pre-approve continuing education programs. Each registered environmental health specialist will need to determine if the continuing education program he/she will be attending is acceptable. Once a registered environmental health specialist has determined that a program is acceptable and attends the program, he/she must maintain a copy of the certificate of attendance and the course outline/objectives or other required documentation in his/her personal files.
At the time of certification, each registered environmental health specialist will attest to having met the required hours. The Board of Registered Environmental Health Specialists will randomly audit a percentage of registered environmental health specialist renewals. If a registered environmental health specialist is notified that he/she is audited, he/she will need to submit to the Department a copy of the proof of attendance and program objectives or other required documentation for each continuing education activity that he/she completed.