Environmental Health Specialist/Sanitarian
Any person interested in applying for reciprocity must meet the following criteria and submit the needed information along with a completed Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (R.E.H.S) Application (PDF: 276KB/5 pages) and a non-refundable $45 registration fee made out to the Minnesota Department of Health to:
Attn: Tracie Zerwas
Minnesota Department of Health
Food, Pools, and Lodging Services
P.O. Box 64495
St. Paul, Minnesota 55164-0495
Applicants licensed outside Minnesota
Persons who have attained a registration or license outside of Minnesota may be entitled to registration in Minnesota if they can provide evidence of meeting the following requirements.
- Evidence of receiving a baccalaureate or postbaccalaureate degree
in environmental health, sanitary science, sanitary engineering, or
other related environmental health field which includes at least 30
semester or 45 quarter hour credits in the physical or biological sciences.
- Evidence of at least one year of supervised employment in one or
more of the program areas listed in part 4695.2600, subpart 7, definition of “environmental health
specialist/sanitarian.” Supervision shall be provided by an environmental
health specialist or a sanitarian or a licensed health professional,
or an engineer or other professional with a graduate degree in one
of the physical or biological sciences, or other person whom the commissioner
deems has equivalent environmental health background.
- Evidence of passing the registration examination. (the registration examination must be approved by the Commissioner of Health).
Application for Reciprocity Deadlines
Each application for reciprocity is reviewed, evaluated and voted upon by the Minnesota Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS) Advisory Council. The advisory council meets twice per year. To be assured that your application and all supporting materials are received in time for presentation at the twice annual advisory meeting, everything submitted needs to be postmarked by February 15 or August 15 of each year.