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Criteria to become a registered sanitarian includes 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 a 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 $30.

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 - 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Section II 1 - 3 p.m. 

2019 RS Examination Dates

For specific time and locations, please contact  Deniece Bell or Rebecca Gillis or call (502) 564-7398.

Registered Sanitarian Examining Committee Meeting Schedule

Friday, April 26,  2019, Kentucky Department for Public Health, Health Services Building, Frankfort, KY 40621

Future 2019 quarterly meetings TBD

Registered Sanitarian Examining Committee Meeting Minutes

KRS 223.020 - The secretary shall appoint a registered Environmental Health Specialist or a Sanitarian Examining Committee consisting of five members. The Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services shall be an ex officio member. The other four members shall be environmental health specialist or sanitarians who are registered under this chapter. The appointed members shall serve for terms of two years and until their successors are appointed and qualify, except that when initial appointments are made under the provisions of this chapter, two members shall be for one year. Thereafter all appointments shall be for a period of two years. 

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

Miscellaneous Notes:

The Kentucky Registered Sanitarian logo used in the background was developed by Gerald Bradshaw and chosen during a selection process by the Registered Sanitarian Board in 1998. This logo will now be found on most registered sanitarian materials.

Registered Sanitarian By-Laws and Ethics

The Kentucky Registered Sanitarian Examining Committee's established 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.