1. Discipline Requirement*

To qualify for the Examination under the standard pathway, a discipline requirement must be met at the time of application and Examination.  After meeting the discipline requirement, the educator can begin to accrue the practice experience and continuing education hours needed prior to applying for the Examination. Please be mindful of the timeframes in which one can accrue the hours.

The disciplines are:

A. Licenses (current, active, unrestricted license from one of the United States or its territories): „
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Registered Nurse (includes Nurse Practitioners, CNS)
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Optometrist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical Therapist
  • Physician (M.D. or D.O.)
  • Podiatrist
B. Registrations/Certifications
  • Dietitian or dietitian nutritionist holding active registration with the Commission on Dietetic Registration „
  • PA holding active registration with the NCCPA
  • Exercise physiologist holding active certification as an American College of Sports Medicine Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist (ACSM-CEP®)
  • Health educator holding active certification as a Master Certified Health Education Specialist from the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing
C. Health care professional with a minimum of a master’s degree in social work from a United States college or university accredited by a nationally recognized regional accrediting body


A listing of the Disciplines that fall under the standard pathway is also available on page 4 of the Examination Handbook, section titled, Eligibility Requirements for Initial Certification, 1. Discipline.


*Don't meet the Discipline Requirement as described in the Examination Handbook for the standard pathway? Click here for information on the "Unique Qualifications" Pathway that is available to health professionals holding advanced degrees in other health related concentrations/majors.


Click here for the details on the professional practice experience requirement.
Click here for the details on the continuing education hour requirement.
Click here to review the fee information.