|Community Health Worker Training|
Community Health Workers (CHWs) in the state of Texas must be certified. Certification is comprised of completion of 160 hours of coursework in eight core competencies.
AHEC offers CHW training that can lead to certification. The training is conducted live in a virtual online classroom, so you can take the training via the internet without having to leave your home or place of work. Once you have enrolled, you will have access to the online classroom for the course.
CHW training is approximately 12 weeks long and costs $1000. Upcoming class start dates are:
Once you’ve completed the training, you will be eligible to apply to the Department of State Health Services for certification.
Maintain Your Community Health Worker Certificate
Each community health worker has to renew their CHW certification every two years. Continuing Education (CE) is required for renewal. CE is intended to maintain and improve the quality of professional services provided by community health workers and instructors and to keep these individuals knowledgeable of current programs, techniques and practices.
A summary of renewal requirements can be found at: (http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/mch/chw.shtm) SEE LINK FOR Requirements for Certification and Renewal
20 contact hours of continuing education every two years
Cost: There is no cost for certificate renewal.
AHEC offers both DSHS certified CE and non-DSHS certified continuing education courses. Our CEUs are offered in a face-to-face format as well as in our online virtual classroom. The student can choose to come to class in person or participate via the virtual online classroom. The cost of each CE course is $20.