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Registered Environmental Health Specialists
Requirements for Certification

To apply for certification by education and experience, you must submit the following:

  1. A completed pdf iconapplication;
  2. Registration fee
  3. Evidence of being at least 19 years of age (i.e.: driver’s license, birth certificate, marriage license, school transcript, US State ID card, Military ID, or similar documentation);
  4. An official transcript (official means issued and sealed by the issuing institution) showing graduation with a Baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited college or university.  The transcript must show at least forty-five quarter hours or thirty semester hours of academic work in the basic natural sciences;
  5. Information that shows full time employment as an environmental health specialist for a period of not less than two years if applying with a Baccalaureate degree.  Information that shows full time employment as an environmental health specialist for not less than one year if applying with a degree higher than a baccalaureate degree;
  6. Your official score indicating you passed the Registered Environmental Health Specialist Examination must be sent directly from the National Environmental Health Association to DHHS Licensure Unit.  You may request the “transfer of exam scores” by contacting the National Environmental Health Association Credentialing Department at 303-756-9090 ext 339.
  7. Evidence of Citizenship, lawful permanent residence, and/or immigration status: You must submit a copy of at least one of the following documents:
  1. A U.S. Passport (unexpired or expired);
  2. A birth certificate issued by a state, county, municipal authority or outlying possession of the United States bearing an official seal;
  3. An American Indian Card (I-872);
  4. A Certificate of Naturalization (N-550 or N-570);
  5. A Certificate of Citizenship (N-560 or N-561);
  6. Certification of Report of Birth (DS-1350);
  7. A Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America (FS-240);
  8. Certification of Birth Abroad (FS-545 or DS-1350);
  9. A United States Citizen Identification Card (I-197 or I-179);
  10. A Northern Mariana Card (I-873);
  11. An Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-551, otherwise known as a “Green Card”);
  12. An unexpired foreign passport with an unexpired Temporary I-551 stamp bearing the same name as the passport;
  13. A document showing an Alien Registration Number (“A#”) with Visa Status; or
  14. A Form I-94 (Arrival-Departure Record) with Visa Status.
  1. Conviction Information: If you have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, you must submit:
    1. A copy of the court record, which includes charges and disposition;
    2. Explanation from the applicant of the events leading to the conviction (what, when, where, why) and a summary of actions you have taken to address the behaviors/actions related to the convictions;
    3. All addiction/mental health evaluations and proof of treatment, if the conviction involved a drug and/or alcohol related offense and if treatment was obtained and/or required; and
    4. A letter from the probation officer addressing probationary conditions and current status, if you are currently on probation;
  2. Other Credentialing Info: If you hold or have held a credential to provide health services, health-related services, or environmental services in Nebraska or in another jurisdiction, you must have the licensing agency submit to the Department a certification of your credential;

To apply for certification by license in another jurisdiction you must submit the following:

  1. A completed pdf iconapplication;
  2. Registration fee
  3. Have the licensing registering, or certifying agency submit to the Department:, a certification that the applicant is duly registered or certified, that his/her registration or certificate has never been suspended or revoked, and that so far as the record of the agency is concerned, the applicant is entitled to its endorsement. The form to send to the licensing or certifying agency is included in the application;

    In addition, if the jurisdiction does not provide the examination and education information on their certification, you must submit the following:

  1. Evidence of being at least 19 years of age (i.e.: driver’s license, birth certificate, marriage license, school transcript, US State ID card, Military ID, or similar documentation);
  2. An official transcript (official means issued and sealed by the issuing institution) showing graduation with a Baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited college or university.  The transcript must show at least forty-five quarter hours or thirty semester hours of academic work in the basic natural sciences;
  3. Information that shows full time employment as an environmental health specialist for a period of not less than two years if applying with a Baccalaureate degree.  Information that shows full time employment as an environmental health specialist for not less than one year if applying with a degree higher than a baccalaureate degree;
  4. Your official score indicating you passed the Registered Environmental Health Specialist Examination must be sent directly from the National Environmental Health Association to DHHS Licensure Unit.  You may request the “transfer of exam scores” by contacting the National Environmental Health Association Credentialing Department at 303-756-9090 ext 339.
  5. Evidence of Citizenship, lawful permanent residence, and/or immigration status: You must submit a copy of at least one of the following documents:
    1. A U.S. Passport (unexpired or expired);
    2. A birth certificate issued by a state, county, municipal authority or outlying possession of the United States bearing an official seal;
    3. An American Indian Card (I-872);
    4. A Certificate of Naturalization (N-550 or N-570);
    5. A Certificate of Citizenship (N-560 or N-561);
    6. Certification of Report of Birth (DS-1350);
    7. A Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America (FS-240);
    8. Certification of Birth Abroad (FS-545 or DS-1350);
    9. A United States Citizen Identification Card (I-197 or I-179);
    10. A Northern Mariana Card (I-873);
    11. An Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-551, otherwise known as a “Green Card”);
    12. An unexpired foreign passport with an unexpired Temporary I-551 stamp bearing the same name as the passport;
    13. A document showing an Alien Registration Number (“A#”) with Visa Status; or
    14. A Form I-94 (Arrival-Departure Record) with Visa Status.
  6. Conviction Information: If you have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, you must submit:
    1. A copy of the court record, which includes charges and disposition;
    2. Explanation from the applicant of the events leading to the conviction (what, when, where, why) and a summary of actions you have taken to address the behaviors/actions related to the convictions;
    3. All addiction/mental health evaluations and proof of treatment, if the conviction involved a drug and/or alcohol related offense and if treatment was obtained and/or required; and
    4. A letter from the probation officer addressing probationary conditions and current status, if you are currently on probation;
    1. Other Credentialing Info: If you hold or have held a credential to provide health services, health-related services, or environmental services in Nebraska or in another jurisdiction, you must have the licensing agency submit to the Department a certification of your credential;

A Provisional Environmental Health Specialist shall mean a person who is qualified by education but does not have the experience requirement.  A Provisional Environmental Health Specialist certification shall be valid for one year and may be renewed for two additional one-year periods.  To apply for a Provisional Environmental Health Specialist certification you must submit the following:

A Provisional Environmental Health Specialist shall mean a person who is qualified by education but does not have the experience requirement.  A Provisional Environmental Health Specialist certification shall be valid for one year and may be renewed for two additional one-year periods.  To apply for a Provisional Environmental Health Specialist certification you must submit the following:
  1. A completed pdf iconapplication;
  2. Registration fee
  3. Evidence of being at least 19 years of age (i.e.: driver’s license, birth certificate, marriage license, school transcript, US State ID card, Military ID, or similar documentation);
  4. An official transcript (official means issued and sealed by the issuing institution) showing graduation with a Baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited college or university.  The transcript must show at least forty-five quarter hours or thirty semester hours of academic work in the basic natural sciences;
  5. Evidence of Citizenship, lawful permanent residence, and/or immigration status: You must submit a copy of at least one of the following documents:
  1. A U.S. Passport (unexpired or expired);
  2. A birth certificate issued by a state, county, municipal authority or outlying possession of the United States bearing an official seal;
  3. An American Indian Card (I-872);
  4. A Certificate of Naturalization (N-550 or N-570);
  5. A Certificate of Citizenship (N-560 or N-561);
  6. Certification of Report of Birth (DS-1350);
  7. A Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America (FS-240);
  8. Certification of Birth Abroad (FS-545 or DS-1350);
  9. A United States Citizen Identification Card (I-197 or I-179);
  10. A Northern Mariana Card (I-873);
  11. An Alien Registration Receipt Card (Form I-551, otherwise known as a “Green Card”);
  12. An unexpired foreign passport with an unexpired Temporary I-551 stamp bearing the same name as the passport;
  13. A document showing an Alien Registration Number (“A#”) with Visa Status; or
  14. A Form I-94 (Arrival-Departure Record) with Visa Status.
  1. Conviction Information: If you have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, you must submit:

    1. A copy of the court record, which includes charges and disposition;

    2. Explanation from the applicant of the events leading to the conviction (what, when, where, why) and a summary of actions you have taken to address the behaviors/actions related to the convictions;

    3. All addiction/mental health evaluations and proof of treatment, if the conviction involved a drug and/or alcohol related offense and if treatment was obtained and/or required; and

    4. A letter from the probation officer addressing probationary conditions and current status, if you are currently on probation;

  1. Other Credentialing Info: If you hold or have held a credential to provide health services, health-related services, or environmental services in Nebraska or in another jurisdiction, you must have the licensing agency submit to the Department a certification of your credential;

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