Registered Environmental Health Specialist


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A registered environmental health specialist interprets and enforces city, state, federal and/or other laws regarding sanitary standards in food, water supply, garbage disposal, sewage disposal and housing maintenance.

A registered environmental health specialist collects samples and specimens for laboratory analysis and conducts inspections of schools, hospitals, parks, motels, food establishments and other public facilities to insure that proper control of waste, refuse, noise, insects, hazardous substances and products is maintained.

Applications, Requirements & Fees

The below forms may be completed online, but must be printed, signed, and mailed to the address on the form.

License Requirements

See the Regulations for the requirements for certification of Registered Environmental Health Specialists.

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. 

Fee Information

Fees are payable to the Licensure Unit.

Examination Requirements

Contact the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) for any questions regarding the examination.

National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)
720 South Colorado Blvd. Suite 1000-N
Denver, CO 80246-1925

Phone: (303) 756-9090 ext. 337 or 339
Fax: (303) 691-9490


Continuing Education and Renewal Information

Continuing Education

Each registered environmental health specialist must complete 24 hours of acceptable continuing education during the preceding 24-month period prior to renewal.

See the regulations for more information regarding continuing education.

Renewal Information

All Registered Environmental Health Specialist certificates expire December 31st of each even numbered year. DHHS, Licensure Unit will send the certificate holder a renewal notice at least 30 days before December 31st of each even numbered year to the certificate holder's last address of record.

Certification as a provisional environmental health specialist shall be valid for one year and may be renewed for two additional one-year periods. In no case, shall a certificate for a provisional environmental health specialist exceed a three-year period.


Office of Rehabilitation & Community Services
Department of Health & Human Services/Division of Public Health/Licensure Unit
Phone Number
(402) 471-2299
Fax Number
(402) 742-1152
Mailing & Physical Addresses

DHHS Licensure Unit
Attn: REHS

PO Box 94986

Lincoln NE 68509-4986


Nebraska State Office Building

301 Centennial Mall South
14th & M Streets, 3rd Floor

Lincoln NE 68508

Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed federal holidays.​