Thank you for your interest in becoming a Certified Community Health Worker (CCHW) through the North Carolina Community Health Worker Association (NCCHWA).
About Community Health Worker Certification
In March 2022, the NCCHWA began offering CHWs a path to professional certification through the completion of the Standardized Core Competency Training (SCCT) at several community colleges in North Carolina. To recognize the rich, lived experience and the unique and diverse perspectives from various settings, we now offer additional pathways for certification for CHWs through a Legacy Track and Advanced Levels. These pathways were developed alongside and by CHWs. To become certified as a Community Health Worker, CHWs can now select between these options to ensure they are formally recognized for their invaluable to communities.
Thank you for your interest in becoming a Certified Community Health Worker (CCHW) through the North Carolina Community Health Worker Association (NCCHWA)! To recognize the rich, lived experience as well as unique and diverse perspectives from various settings, we offer levels for certification to promote advancement and pathways for CHWs in North Carolina. Several common themes are integrated throughout the levels that are core to CHW work: racial and health equity, trust, community and public health, and ethics.
The development of criteria for each of the four certification levels was informed by the CHW Core Consensus Project (C3 Project) and the Standardized Core Competency Training, developed by North Carolina CHWs Jennifer Norville and Erica Hall, offered for CHWs in North Carolina. Most importantly, Community Health Workers statewide played a key role by sharing their perspectives in listening sessions through the NC Community Health Worker Initiative. Core competencies were cross walked along the Social Ecological Model (SEM) with the objective of exhibiting the holistic ways in which Community Health Workers contribute to enhanced health equity, efficacy in service delivery and overall improved health systems and societal health. The crosswalk was developed and drafted by Rumana Shams Rabbani and Abdul Hafeedh bin Abdullah with Community Healing through Activism and Strategic Mobilization (CHASM).
Community Health Workers can apply for any level for which they may meet the criteria and do not have to go through the levels in order. Eligibility for each track is determined by a combination of skills, training, and actual lived experience.
|Level||CHW I Level (2 options for Certification)||CHW I SCCT Track||Individual/ Interpersonal||Completion of SCCT coursework with 80% or higher||Experience and knowledge of at least 1 population group||60 minutes|
|CHW I Legacy Track||Individual/ Interpersonal||At least 2000 hours of experience that demonstrates 9 competencies||Experience and knowledge of at least 1 population group||60 minutes|
|CHW II Level||Individual/ Interpersonal/ Organizational||At least 2000-4000 hours of experience that demonstrates 9 competencies + resume||Experience and knowledge of at least 3-5 population groups||120 minutes|
|CHW III Level||Individual/ Interpersonal/ Organizational/Community||At least 2000-4000 hours of experience that demonstrates 9 competencies + resume||Experience and knowledge of 5 or more population groups||180 minutes|
|CHW IV Level||Individual/ Interpersonal/ Organizational/ Community / Policy||At least 4000 hours of experience that demonstrates 9 competencies + resume||Experience and knowledge of 5 or more population groups||240 minutes|
Population Group: Population groups include but are not limited to geographic areas, communities of color, HMPs, persons with disabilities, persons with substance use disorder (opioids), homeless persons, persons with disabilities, immigrant/refugees, older adults, persons at risk of or living with HIV/AIDS, adolescents, infants/children, pregnant women, migrant workers, LGBTQ+ persons, formerly incarcerated individuals, domestic and sexual violence survivors and persons with mental illness.
Lived Experience: This lived experience that is shared with the community served is the cornerstone of the CHW profession and is unique among the health professions. Lived experience is defined as personal knowledge about the world gained through direct, first-hand involvement in everyday events rather than through representations constructed by other people. It is also defined as the experiences of people on whom a social issue or combination of issues has had a direct impact (Read more).
Steps to certification
Receive email with next steps within 10 days of application submission.
Credentialing Council will review applications on a monthly cycle.
If your application is approved, you will receive an invoice for a $50 processing fee for your certification. To inquire about financial assistance, please contact email@example.com.
The approval process will take approximately 4-6 weeks from the date of application.
Recertification requires the completion of a minimum of 24 hours of Contact Hours every 3 years.
To learn additional skills to prepare for certification and recertification, please visit our Training & Resources page or reach out to us directly with your questions!
Assistance With Application
Applicants are encouraged to contact the team at the NCCHWA for assistance with applications. Spanish and Hmong-speaking staff are available to support applicants. Other languages and modes of submission (such as an interview) can be made available upon request.
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