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Initial Application Process for CEHP

Contact the Florida Department of Health

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To qualify to become a Certified Environmental Health Professional (CEHP):

  • Applicants must have graduated from an accredited 4-year college or university with a degree or major coursework in public health, environmental science, environmental health, or a physical or biological science.  

Major coursework must have at least 30 semester hours or 40 quarter hours of  coursework in science.  A review of the applicant's official transcripts will determine if the required hours of coursework have been met.

**Before submitting an application, forward a copy of your transcript for review  to determine if you are eligible to apply for CEHP.** 

For more information on educational qualifications, please refer to:  Rule 64E-18.003, Florida Administrative Code.

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What to Submit:

  • Copy of Official College/University Transcripts (sealed/unopened)  
    • Secure electronic transcripts sent directly from the transcript company or college are also accepted. They must be sent via email directly from the transcript company to the Professional Certification inbox at: EH.ProfessionalCertification@flhealth.gov.
    • If your college or university does not participate in the submitting secure electronic transcripts, please have your college or university mail your official transcripts to the address below:

      Department of Health, Facility Programs Section
      4052 Bald Cypress Way, Bin A08
      Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1710
      Attention: Environmental Health Professional Certification   
  • If the applicant graduated from a non-accredited university outside of the United States (U.S), an original unopened evaluation from a third-party evaluation service, such as but not limited to, Josef Silney & Associates or World Education Services, must be submitted in lieu of the transcripts. The evaluation must indicate if the bachelor’s degree is the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree earned at an accredited institution of higher education in the U.S. and list the courses, including the number of credit hours for each. 
  • Fees: The fee for the application and exam for one primary program area is $25 and the fee for the certification in the primary program is $25. Both fees are due at the time of initial application for a total of $50. In addition, applicants seeking to take the exam for both primary program areas (OSTDS and Food Protectioin) must submit an additional $10, for  the second certification exam area and the applicable certificate fee.
    • The certification fee is prorated when submitted during the second half of the two-year cycle (Example two-year cycle: October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2021).   Please contact the Department of Health prior to submitting an application, to determine the correct fee.
  • Upon review of the submitted application and required documents for accuracy and completeness, the applicant will be provided with instructions on how to complete the required prerequisite training prior to the exam.

**For more information, visit the CEHP Information Site.**

Registered Sanitarians & Professional Engineers

NEHA LogoPersons holding an active Registered Sanitarian (RS) or Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) credential issued through the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) or the Florida Environmental Health Association (FEHA), may apply for certification through reciprocity.  FEHA Logo

Simply submit a copy of the RS or REHS credential with the application. Section 381.0101(5), Florida Statutes, prescribes specific exemptions.  Persons who do not have an RS, REHS, or are not listed in the exemption language of the statute must apply for certification through examination

FBPE LogoPersons holding an active Professional Engineer credential registered with the State of Florida Board of Professional Engineers may also apply for certification through reciprocity.  Simply submit a copy of the Professional Engineer credential with the application.