Environmental Health Specialist/Sanitarian
Registration Requirements

Registration Requirements

  1. Completely fill out and sign the Sanitarian Registration Application (PDF: 79 KB/2 pages).

  2. Have your official college/university transcript sent directly to MDH.
    A baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate 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 (See: Science Course List). An official transcript must be submitted. Please request early enough so that it is received on time. Request the university or college to send the official transcript to:

    Tracie Zerwas
    Minnesota Department of Health
    Food, Pools, and Lodging Services
    P.O. Box 64495
    St. Paul, MN 55164-0495

  3. Provide a letter from your supervisor as evidence of at least one year of supervised employment in one or more of the program areas listed in part 4695.2600, subpart7 (link below). The letter must include dates of supervision and whether is full-time or part-time employment. 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.
    It may be possible to have someone of a higher rank than your direct supervisor to provide this required supervision, indirectly. Please contact MDH if you have questions.

    Minnesota Rule, part 4695.2600, subpart 7

  4. Submit the $45 initial registration fee payable to "Treasurer, State of Minnesota".

  5. Submit the $125 exam fee payable to "NEHA".

Failure to provide complete application information may result in application denial by the MDH Environmental Health Specialist/Sanitarian Registration Council.

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Procedures

  1. Submit an application for registration, with a check or money order (no cash) for the initial registration fee of $45 payable to “Treasurer, State of Minnesota”. The initial registration fee, minus an administrative handling charge will be refunded if the application is not processed.

  2. A separate check (no cash) must be submitted in the amount of $125 payable to “NEHA” for the NEHA/NAI registered environmental health specialist/registered sanitarian examination. The examination fee cannot be refunded if the examination is taken.

  3. Submit the application, registration fee and examination fee to:

    Tracie Zerwas
    Minnesota Department of Health
    Food, Pools, and Lodging Services
    P.O. Box 64495
    St. Paul, MN 55164-0495
    651-201-4502

  4. Candidates will be notified at least 30 days prior to the examination. Applications postmarked after the application deadline will be held for the next examination period.

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Reciprocity: Applicants already registered in other states

Persons who are registered or licensed in a state other than Minnesota may be entitled to register in Minnesota by reciprocity, if they can meet the requirements set forth in the registration requirements. The examination does not have to be taken, if it has already been successfully completed according to the Minnesota requirements. Go to reciprocity information.

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Grace Period

Applicants who have permitted their registrations to expire for more than two years may regain their registration when they successfully complete the registration examination, complete continuing education requirements, and submit the required renewal forms and fees.

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Continuing Education

Continuing education is required for renewal of the Sanitarian/Environmental Health Specialist credential in order to assure continuing competency of the holders of the credential. Changes in technology and discovery of new and emerging environmental health hazards require professionals to acquire and maintain the most current knowledge on past, present and future public health concepts.

Contact hours are granted for acceptable continuing education activities when the activity continues for at least 50 minutes, excluding coffee breaks, registration, meals or other social activities. Renewal of the credential requires at least 24 contact hours during the renewal period.

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Updated Thursday, December 19, 2013 at 02:30PM