CE Requirements for Newly Licensed REHSs
All licensed REHSs are required to earn continuing education (CE) credits each year and pay an annual renewal fee of $50. However, the requirements for newly licensed REHSs vary depending on what time of year you take the exam and earn your license.
Your license is good for the remaining 6 months of the current year and will expire on December 31 of that year. While you are required to pay for your renewal of the following year, you do not need to start earning REHS credits until the next renewal.
Example: You pass the exam and earn your license in June 2023. Your license is valid from June 2023 to December 2023. You will need to pay for your 2024 renewal between October 1 and December 31, 2023 (note that late fees begin accruing on December 1). You are required to earn 15 CE credits during 2024 for your 2025 license renewal, and every year thereafter, along with paying the annual renewal fee.
Your license is good for the full 12 months of the following full year. You are required to pay for your first renewal; however, you are NOT required to earn CE credits during the following year.
Example: You pass the exam and earn your license in December 2023. Your license is valid from December 2023 to December 2024. You are NOT required to earn credits in 2024 for your 2025 license renewal, but you must pay the renewal fee between October 1 and December 31, 2024 (note that late fees begin accruing on December 1). You ARE required to earn 15 CE credits in 2025 for your 2026 license renewal and every year thereafter, along with paying the annual renewal fee.
Again, in both scenarios neither licensee (June nor December) must obtain the 15 credits prior to their first renewal, but they both must pay the $50 fee for their first renewal.
Carrying Over Credits
If you earn more than 15 CE credits in a calendar year, you may carry over up to 5 credits to be applied to the following year’s credit requirement.
Example: You earn 25 credits in 2022. You use 15 for your 2023 license renewal. You can carry over 5 and only have to earn 10 in 2023 for your 2024 license renewal.
The annual license renewal period begins on October 1 and ends on November 30 each year. The renewal application should be submitted electronically via the NJLMN. Renewal applications may also be submitted between December 1 and December 31 but are considered late and incur a late fee.
Your license officially expires each year on December 31. If you have not renewed your license by then, you are not legally allowed to conduct inspections or related REHS work after that date.
Where to Earn NJ Public Health CEs
Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education
Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). View our Search for Courses by Credit Type page for a current list of classes approved for NJ Public Health CEs.
New Jersey Learning Management Network (NJLMN)
The NJLMN is the only source of all courses statewide that have been approved for NJ public health CE credits. All NJ REHSs are required to create and maintain accounts on the NJLMN to track and maintain their CE credits. Visit the NJLMN.