Healthy Homes Specialist Credential

hhsc_logo_small_finalHealthy Housing Solutions and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) offer a “Healthy Homes Specialist” credential, designed for health and housing professionals in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

To achieve the credential, individuals must complete a comprehensive exam on the seven principles of healthy housing, which include keeping homes: Dry, Clean, Pest-Free, Contaminant-Free, Ventilated, Safe, and Maintained. Individuals seeking the Healthy Homes Specialist credential must:

  1. Be at least 21 years of age;
  2. Have five years of experience in housing, environmental health, or public health;
  3. Complete an application; and
  4. Achieve a minimum score of 70% on the qualifying examination.

Click here for more information about the examination and the application process. For more information on this credential, you can read the Healthy Homes Specialist Candidate Information Brochure. You may also contact NEHA’s credentialing staff at 303.756.9090 x339 or email credentialing@neha.org. See below for cost of applying for and taking the HHS exam. Click here for more information about becoming a member of NEHA.

Members (application fee: $50, examination fee: $125): $175
Non members (application fee: $85, examination fee: $225): $310
Pearson Vue fee: $100
Exam retake for members: $125
Exam retake for non-members: $225
Credential renewal for members: $125
Credential renewal for non-members: $255

Candidates should review the on-line References to prepare for the exam. They may also want to take NCHH’s two-day Essentials for Healthy Homes Practitioners Course. The course covers most – but not all – of the topics on the exam. For the convenience of students who take the course, the exam will usually be offered at the end of the second day of the training. Anyone who fails the exam will get a retake application sent to them via email about 4-6 weeks after they take the exam and will need to wait 90 days to retake the exam. Click here to go to the Healthy Homes Training Center’s course catalog.

The Healthy Homes Specialist Examination is also available via computer-based testing at Pearson VUE.

Target Audiences for Credential
While training is not a prerequisite to obtaining a credential, individuals who have completed the two-day Essentials for Healthy Homes Practitioners course offered by the National Healthy Homes Training Center and Network will have the foundation they need to succeed. All course materials are available online at Essentials for Healthy Homes Practitioners.

A variety of professionals may be interested in the Healthy Homes Specialist Credential include the following:

  1. Individuals who have been certified or licensed as lead risk assessors, radon measurement professionals, or mold professionals. These individuals have developed a basic expertise in a specific environmental hazard in the home and should be interested in expanding their capability and services.
  2. NEHA Registered Environmental Health Specialists seeking to document their experience and expertise in housing.
  3. Public health nurses seeking to document their expertise in healthy homes.
  4. Health department and housing agency staff seeking to document their expertise in healthy homes or better position their agencies to receive HUD healthy homes grants.
  5. Licensed pest management professionals seeking to expand their services. Resolving pest problems using integrated pest management essentially relies on a knowledge base similar to the Healthy Homes Practitioner.
  6. Certified home inspectors seeking to expand their business by adding healthy homes to their standard services

Existing NEHA Credentials

Onsite Wastewater System Installers
Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS)
Certified Food Safety Professional (CFSP)
Certified Environmental Health Technician (CEHT)
Registered Environmental Technician (RET)
Registered Hazardous Substances Professional (RHSP)
Registered Hazardous Substances Specialist (RHSS)
NEHA’s National Radon Proficiency Program