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Registered sanitarian ePayment
External application

Criteria to become a registered sanitarian include a diploma from an approved four-year high school or the equivalent and completion of a four-year degree from a college or university with a minor or 24 semester hours in environmental health, biological science or physical science. An applicant is required to pass a written examination in subjects specified by the Cabinet. Written examinations may be supplemented by an oral examination. Upon successfully passing the examinations, the applicant will be certified as an issued a registered environmental health specialist or sanitarian.

Registered Sanitarian Examining Committee Information

Registered Sanitarian Examination Dates

The registered sanitarian examination is conducted once a month or 12 times a year, at least once per year in each region at locations determined by the committee. The exam consists of 270 multiple choice and true/false environmental public health-related questions. The exam fee is $50.

Applicants must register at least 10 working days prior to the test date. Applicants must furnish picture identification and arrive at least 15 minutes prior to test time. 

RS Application

Exam times (unless otherwise specified) 

Section I - 10 a.m. - noon Eastern Time
Section II 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Eastern Time

Exam Dates 2023

Jan. 11, 2023
Feb. 8, 2023, and at KYEHA Conference (actual time pending room assignment/location)
March 8, 2023
April 12, 2023, and at KPHA Conference (actual time pending room assignment/location)
May 10, 2023
June 14, 2023
July 12, 2023
Aug. 16, 2023
Sept. 13, 2023
Oct. 18, 2023
Nov. 8, 2023
Dec. 13, 2023​
For specific times and locations, please contact  Deniece Bell or Carley Sams or call (502) 564-7398.

Registered Sanitarian Examining Committee Meeting Schedule

Next meeting: July 29, 2021

KRS 223.020 Registered environmental health specialist or sanitarian examining committee - The  CHFS secretary will appoint a registered environmental health specialist or a five-member sanitarian examining committee and will serve as an ex officio member. The other four members are environmental health specialists or sanitarians registered under the statute. The appointed members serve two-year terms and until their successors are appointed and qualify, except when initial appointments are made under the provisions of this chapter, two members will serve one year and afterward appointments will be for a period of two years. 

The examining committee will conduct or cause to be conducted examinations of applicants pursuant to minimum standards and qualifications established by the secretary. The examining committee will act in an advisory capacity to the secretary in establishing such minimum standards and qualifications.

Registered Sanitarian By-Laws and Ethics

By-Laws (PDF format)
Ethics (PDF format)

Contact Hours Required to Maintain Registration

Before renewal of registration can be issued, the registrant must submit evidence of having completed 10 contact hours approved by the committee. Ten contact hours of continuing education are required per year.