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Environment & Public Health: Qualifying for the REHS Exam

Once you've successfully completed the EPH program, you will be eligible to sit for the New Jersey Registered Environmental Health Specialist (REHS) licensing exam.

This chart explains how to qualify for the REHS licensing exam [official NJDHSS policy].

REHS Licensing Exam Qualifications

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Review the REHS Licensure Examination Guide from the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) Office of Local Public Health (OLPH) for more information.

You can also download the EPH Field Training Manual for an example of an NJDHSS-approved REHS field training curriculum.

What Counts as a Science Credit?

When qualifying for the REHS exam, the required 32 science credits are defined as follows:

  • Courses such as biology, chemistry, physics, and environmental science [partial list of accepted courses]
  • Up to 6 credits may be from college-level mathematics courses (e.g. calculus, statistics)
  • At least one of the courses must be a lab course in biology, physics, chemistry, or the environmental sciences.
  • If you earned less than a C (2.0) for a course, it won't count towards the 32-credit requirement.

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