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

Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian
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The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) and the MDH Environmental Health Specialists/Sanitarians Advisory Council administer the registration exam provided by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA).

Applications and accompanying documentation are reviewed by the advisory council, which meets four times annually. The deadline for submission is set for February 15th, May 15th, August 15th, and November 15th each year. Following their meeting, you will be informed by MDH of the decision outcome and details of next steps.

Applications and documentation are evaluated on these 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.", AND
  • 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 the Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian application (PDF) after all required documents listed below have been obtained.
  2. Have your official college/university transcript(s) sent directly to MDH. If you attended more than one college and/or university, provide the transcripts from each that are applicable to your application.

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.

For foreign applicants or those that have attended and received a university degree outside the United States, a third party review, NACES, of your transcripts is necessary to determine equivalency to schools within the United States. The official report given by the third party will need to accompany 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 N.
St. Paul, MN  55164-09875. 

or

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

  1. 650 or higher on the NEHA exam taken on or after July 13, 2014, or
  2. 68% or higher on the NEHA exam taken between January 1, 1998, and July 12, 2014, or
  3. 70% or higher on the PES exam provided it was taken before December 31, 1997. PES exams taken after this date are not eligible to receive REHS/RS reciprocity.

Required Fees and Exam Categories

Written R.E.H.S./R.S. Exam provided by MDH
  1. A non-refundable $45 registration fee, made payable to MDH is required upon submittal of your application.
  2. A $125 exam fee made payable to NEHA (National Environmental Health Association) will need to be sent to the department upon completion of your application. Do not send cash. If this payment is not received, your application will not be processed. The department’s address is listed below.

Minnesota Department of Health
Sanitarian Registration Program
625 Robert Street N.
St. Paul, MN  55164-09875. 

Computerized R.E.H.S./R.S. Exam provided through MDH, taken at an approved Pearson/VUE testing location

  1. A non-refundable $45 registration fee, made payable to MDH is required upon submittal of your application.
  2. A $225 exam fee made payable to NEHA (National Environmental Health Association) will need to be sent to the department upon completion of your application. Do not send cash. If this payment is not received, your application will not be processed. The department’s address is listed above.

Reciprocity in Minnesota

  1. A non-refundable $45 registration fee, made payable to MDH is required upon submittal of your application.

Failure to provide complete application information may result in application denial by the Sanitarian Advisory Council.

Updated Tuesday, 24-Sep-2019 11:17:22 CDT