Arizona Sanitarians' Council

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Sanitarian’s Examination Application

I am interested in becoming a Registered Sanitarian in Arizona. How do I know if I am eligible to become a Registered Sanitarian?

You may be eligible to take the sanitarian’s examination and become a registered sanitarian in Arizona if you meet at least one of the following qualifications:

  1. Education
    You have successfully completed at least 30 semester hours of credit at an accredited college or university in the natural sciences.
  2. Experience
    You have completed at least five years of employment as a sanitarian aide in either a recognized public health agency or private industry in a position directly related to environmental health.
  3. Military Experience
    You have satisfactorily completed at least five years of full-time military duty in the field of environmental health.
  4. Reciprocity
    You are registered, certified, or licensed as a sanitarian in another jurisdiction, have passed the other jurisdiction's sanitarian examination with a score of 70% or more, and meet at least one of the qualifications above (education, experience, or military experience). If you are granted reciprocity in Arizona, you are not required to take Arizona's sanitarian examination.

I have taken several university/college science classes, but I am not sure if they would be considered natural science classes. Is there a list of approved natural science classes?

Yes. The approved list of natural science classes includes anatomy, bacteriology, biochemistry, biology, botany, biophysics, biostatistics, cell physiology, chemical engineering, chemistry, ecology, embryology, endocrinology, entomology, environmental health, epidemiology, food bacteriology, dairy sciences, genetics, geophysics, geology, herpetology, histology, hydro geology, hydrology, ichthyology, limnology, microbiology, molecular biology, ornithology, parasitology, pathology, pharmacy, physics, physiology, plant taxonomy, radiological health, sanitary engineering, sewage sanitation, soil science, toxicology, vector control, veterinary science, virology, zoology, or the study of air pollution, community health, environmental diseases, hazardous waste, industrial hygiene, infectious diseases, occupational safety, and public health.

I have sealed transcripts that were provided directly to me from my university. Can I submit these transcripts with my Sanitarian’s Examination Application?

The Arizona Sanitarians’ Council will only accept official college or university transcripts that are provided directly to the Council from each college or university you have attended. Copies of transcripts and sealed transcripts that have been provided directly to the applicant will not be accepted.

I submitted my application to take the Arizona sanitarian examination last week. When will I find out if I have been approved to take the exam?

Applications are reviewed by the Arizona Sanitarians’ Council on a quarterly basis (each March, June, September, and December). The Council will mail you the results of your application review shortly after your application has been reviewed.

Reciprocity

I have an RS/REHS credential with the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), but I am not registered in a regulatory jurisdiction. Am I eligible for reciprocity as a sanitarian in Arizona?

No. In order to qualify for reciprocity, you must be currently registered in a regulatory jurisdiction (i.e. state or local jurisdiction), you must demonstrate that you passed that jurisdiction’s sanitarian examination with a score of 70% or more, and you must be eligible to take Arizona’s sanitarian examination.

Sanitarian’s Examination

How often is Arizona’s sanitarian examination offered?

Arizona’s sanitarian examination is offered quarterly (each January, April, July, and October).

Are there any recommended references and study materials that will help me to prepare for Arizona’s sanitarian examination?

There are several recommended references and study materials listed on the Arizona Sanitarians’ Council website. In addition, it is helpful to review the exam description and content areas when preparing for the exam.

I was approved to take Arizona’s sanitarian examination at the Arizona Sanitarians’ Council meeting last month. Am I required to take the next available exam?

No. Once you are approved to take Arizona’s sanitarian examination, you must take it at least once within the year. You can then take the exam as many times as you need to until you pass. At least 30 days before each scheduled exam that you intend to take, you must notify the Arizona Sanitarians’ Council and send in the $110 exam fee.

How many times can I take Arizona’s sanitarian examination?

You can take Arizona’s sanitarian examination as many times as you need to until you pass. At least 30 days before each scheduled exam that you intend to take, you must notify the Arizona Sanitarians’ Council and send in the $110 exam fee.

I was approved to take Arizona’s sanitarian examination over a year ago, but I haven’t taken the exam yet. Can I sign up for the next exam?

No. If you didn’t take Arizona’s sanitarian examination within a year after being approved, you will need to reapply and submit all required documents and application fees.

I took Arizona’s sanitarian examination last week. When will I find out if I passed?

Arizona’s sanitarian examination is provided and scored by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA). It can take NEHA up to 3 weeks to provide the Arizona Sanitarians’ Council with the exam results. The Council will mail you a letter with your results as soon as the results are received from NEHA.

Continuing Education

How can I find out about yearly continuing education opportunities?

A list of in-person and on-line continuing education opportunities (i.e. courses, seminars, lectures, conferences, workshops, and programmed learning activities) are available on the Arizona Sanitarians’ Council website and are routinely sent out through eCommunication notices.

I don’t have time to attend any conferences or in-person trainings to obtain the required 12 hours of continuing education before December 31st of this calendar year. Can I take the continuing education next year before the February 15th registration renewal application deadline?

No. For the renewal of your sanitarian registration, a minimum of 12 hours of continuing education is required by December 31st of each year and is not subject to the grace period. If you are unable to attend in-person training events, there are several on-line opportunities that you might consider (i.e. webinars and on-line courses).

What is the difference between continuing education hours (CE hours) and continuing education units (CEUs)?

One CE hour is one clock hour of learning time (breaks and lunch are not included). One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours. Sanitarians registered in Arizona are required to obtain 12 CE hours each calendar year, which is equal to 1.2 CEUs.

Registration Renewal Application

How often do I have to renew my registration as a sanitarian in Arizona?

Sanitarian registration renewal application and a $10 renewal fee are due annually to the Arizona Sanitarians’ Council by December 31st of each calendar year. A grace period is provided for the submittal of renewal applications and renewal fees until February 15th of the next calendar year. A minimum of 12 hours of continuing education is required by December 31st of each calendar year and is not subject to the grace period.

Name or Address Change

I have a new name and mailing address. How can I update this information in the file maintained by the Arizona Sanitarians’ Council?

Keeping your contact information current is important and will ensure that you continue to receive renewal application reminders as well as other important correspondence from the Arizona Sanitarians’ Council. Please notify the Council within 30 days from the date of the change by sending in a written notice of change via email or mail.

Job Opportunities for Registered Sanitarians

I am interested in finding job opportunities that are available for Registered Sanitarians in Arizona. Where can I find these opportunities?

The Arizona Sanitarians’ Council routinely posts job opportunities that are available for Registered Sanitarians on the website. In addition to the Sanitarians’ Council website, job opportunities may be found on a variety of other websites, such as local county health department websites.