The Registered Sanitarian (R.S.), Registered Environmental Health Professional (R.E.H.P.) and Registered Environmental Health Specialist (R.E.H.S.) credentials reflect the highest level of expertise and competence in the environmental health profession. Registration is voluntary in the state of Florida, so those awarded the credential demonstrate a high degree of personal initiative and long-term commitment to public health. Registered professionals are more likely to be up-to-date on the latest advancements in their field and are better equipped to direct the activities of others. Registration enhances credibility in communicating risks, serving as an expert witness, or discussing environmental health issues with other professionals or the general public.
The standards for registration in Florida meet the requirements of the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and have been adopted by FEHA. Once you have received your FEHA credential, you may apply for, pay for, and receive the NEHA credential; our organization maintains a reciprocity agreement with NEHA in order for you to obtain the NEHA credential and any other state with a similar agreement will recognize the Florida credential.
To be eligible for the R.S./R.E.H.P./R.E.H.S. credential, applicants must meet education and experience requirements established in our bylaws then successfully pass a national exam covering all aspects of environmental health, including bioterrorism and disaster preparedness. Once registered, individuals must complete and submit continuing education hours to the Registration Board and adhere to a professional code of ethics.
There are 2 new credentials for RS retirees and RS active military that do not require contact hours, and a new In-Training pre-RS exam for candidates that don't yet have the required time in service. To request these specific credentials, please send an email to RSboard@feha.org to receive further instructions. Again, we follow the NEHA guidelines on these three options.
As organizations strive for a more talented workforce, registration provides an incentive for employees to increase their job-related value by developing and maintaining new skills. Employers and customers benefit from the enhanced quality of services that registration can impart. This is especially true during difficult times, like natural disasters or budget reductions. Many employers provide an increase in pay for employees achieving registration.
Registration is an accomplishment that will generate a sense of pride on a personal level while attracting recognition from your peers on a professional level.
For more information on the benefits of becoming a R.S./R.E.H.P./R.E.H.S, please review the R.S. presentation.
So...what are you waiting for?
Review the information on the website and download the application.
Bob Vincent, R.S., Chair
FEHA Registration Board
P.O. Box 10807
Tallahassee, Florida 32302
(850-245-4578 8-5 m-f)