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Initial Application Process for CEHP (DOH Employees)

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If you would like to become a CEHP here is how you can apply: 

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To qualify to become a Certified Environmental Health Professional, 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 applicants “official transcripts” will determine if the required hours of coursework are met. Please forward Transcripts for review first to determine if you are eligible to apply for CEHP.  Upon determination of eligibility, you will be approved to apply.  For more information on educational qualifications, please go to Rule 64E-18.003 Florida Administrative Code.

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DOH employees must use our new CEHP Online Application  to submit their CEHP applications and supporting documents. 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) shall 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 12 months of the two year cycle (sample two-year cycle: October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2021).   Please contact the Department prior to submitting your application, to determine where you are in of the two-year cycle.

What to Submit:

  • Completed application form DH 4100 “Application for Environmental Health Professional Certification”.
    • This form must now be submitted electronically ONLINE! The new online system  will allow applicants to submit all required documents.
  • Completed Statement of Understanding and Acknowledgement (SOUA)
    • You may access this document using the following link: Fillable SOUA
  • Proof of completion of TRAIN Course #1070571 “FDOH Environmental Health Monthly Training: Facilities -  An Informational Guide for Certified Environmental Health Professionals, the Missing Piece”.
    • You may locate access the training at: Once there, simply create an account and type the course number in the navigational pane. Once you complete the training, please provide me the certificate of completion.
    • This document must be uploaded in the system
  • Proof of completion of precertification FDA ORAU prerequisite courses. (Needed for Food Protection Only)
    • The precertification coursework for Food Protection is located at the ORAU/FDA website. This precertification coursework is free to government employees, so please register on ORAU with your work e-mail once it has been established. Using a non-governmental e-mail will require you have to pay for the courses out of your own pocket.
    • Once you have completed your ORAU coursework, upload a copy of your FDA ORAU transcripts into the new online system  (please do not send a page for each course).  You only have to complete the courses listed at the end of the instruction document. Here is a link to ORAU registration instruction document and required course listing:  ORAU Registration Instructions & Course Listing
    • In addition to the ORAU training, a list of references and sample questions are available on the Internet. Here is a link to those references and sample questions: ORAU List of References and Sample Questions
  • Copy of Official College/University Transcripts (sealed/unopened)
    • We also accept secure electronic transcripts directly from the transcript company or college. This can be sent to my email address.
    • Transcripts must be from a United States (U.S.). Accredited Institution (link to Accredited Postsecondary Institutions)
    • 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 shall 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
  • Total Applicable Fees (Check or Money Order), if you choose not to wait the 60 days.
    • $50.00 for initial certification in one program
    • $60.00 for initial certification in both programs
    • DOH employees who apply 60 days prior to their exam date have their examination and certification fees waived.  If taken prior to those 60 days, the fee is due.
  1. Please submit all documents electronically into the new system. If your college or university does not participate in the submitting secure electronic transcripts, please have your college or university mail your official transcripts mailed 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 you require more information you may visit the informational site at: CEHP Informational Site.  Please feel free to contact me should you have any questions or concerns.

Registered Sanitarians

Onsite Sewage System DisplayNOTE: If you already have a certification as a Registered Sanitarian (RS) or Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) through the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)or the Florida Environmental Health Association (FEHA), you can apply certification through reciprocity.  Onsite Sewage System DisplaySimply provide a copy of your RS or REHS credential with your application. In addition, there are a couple additional exemptions listed in 381.0101(5), FS.  If you do not have an RS, REHS, or are not listed in the exemption language of the statute, then you must apply for certification through exam