Application for Registration: Environmental Health Specialist/Sanitarian - EH: Minnesota Department of Health

Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian
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To become credentialed in Minnesota as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS) a candidate may apply to sit for the NEHA computer-based REHS/RS exam, taken at an approved Pearson VUE testing location, OR apply for Minnesota REHS/RS reciprocity (when currently registered by NEHA or registered in another state as an REHS/RS).

The candidate must meet the requirements of Minnesota Rules, 4695.2500 – 4695.3200. These rules may differ from the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) credential requirements as an REHS/RS.

The Minnesota REHS/RS Advisory Council meets four times annually to review applications and documentation for approval. The deadline for submission is set for February 15, May 15, August 15, and November 15 each year. Following each meeting, MDH informs candidates of the decision and details of next steps.

Applications and documentation are reviewed on these four requirements:

  • Education
    Evidence of receiving a baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate degree in environmental health, sanitary science, sanitary engineering, or other related environmental health field.
  • Coursework completed
    Evidence the degree includes at least 30 semester or 45 quarter hour credits in the physical or biological sciences.
  • Supervised time in environmental health
    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."
  • Qualified supervision
    Evidence the supervision was 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.

Instructions

  1. Complete and submit the Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian application (PDF).

  2. Provide evidence of receiving a baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate degree and credits earned.

    Official transcripts are used to determine evidence of receiving 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 fields. See Approved Science Course List.

    Have your official college/university transcript(s) sent directly to MDH. If you attended more than one college and/or university, provide all transcripts that support your application.

    Official Paper Transcripts


    To be considered an official educational transcript it must be received at the department’s office in the sealed envelope from the College Registrar’s Office/Transcript Office.

    Mail official transcripts to:
    Minnesota Department of Health
    Sanitarian Registration Program
    625 Robert Street North
    PO Box 64975
    St. Paul, MN 55164-0975

    Official Electronic Transcripts

    Electronic transcripts sent directly from the school or transcript service are accepted when e-mailed to health.sanitarians@state.mn.us.

    If you received a baccalaureate or post-baccalaureate degree outside the United States, you must obtain a third party foreign education evaluation service review of your transcripts to determine equivalency to schools within the United States. For service listings, go to National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. Send the report provided by the third party with your application.

  3. Complete the Minnesota REHS/RS Supervised Employment History Form (PDF) and provide a copy of the supervisor's credentials.

Applying for Minnesota REHS/RS reciprocity

If applying for Minnesota REHS/RS reciprocity, you need to submit:

  1. Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian application (PDF)
  2. Official transcript(s)
  3. Minnesota REHS/RS Supervised Employment History Form (PDF)
  4. Copy of your qualifying supervisor‘s credential(s)
  5. Copy of your current REHS/RS or state REHS/RS certificate of registration
  6. Documentation of passing the REHS/RS credentialing examination
Required Exam Scores for Reciprocity
Exam Required Minimum Score Date of Exam
NEHA 650 or higher On or after July 13, 2014
NEHA 68 percent or higher Jan 1, 1998 to July 12, 2014
PES 70 percent or higher Before Dec 31, 1997
PES exams taken after Dec 31, 1997 are not eligible to receive REHS/RS reciprocity

Required Fees

Applying to take the computer-based REHS/RS exam

Submit a non-refundable $45 Registration Fee made payable to the Minnesota Department of Health, using a cashier’s check, money order, or personal check. Do not send cash.

If the Minnesota REHS/RS Advisory Council approves your application, NEHA will contact you about taking the computer-based exam and submitting payment of the $280 NEHA fees.

Applying for Minnesota REHS/RS reciprocity

Submit a non-refundable $45 Registration Fee made payable to the Minnesota Department of Health, using a cashier’s check, money order, or personal check. Do not send cash.

Failure to provide complete application information or payment may result in application denial by the REHS/RS Advisory Council.

Updated Thursday, 24-Oct-2019 15:56:10 CDT