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CHW Instructor Certification Course

Upcoming Course Dates 
Spring 2023: February 3 - May 19

Registration for the Fall Semester has ended.

 "Truly enjoyed the interactive virtual learning environment! This course is designed to keep you engaged, and the takeaways extend past community health."

Vidya Ayyr

 "The CHWI training allows me to further develop in the eight core competencies needed to work in diverse communities. I recommend it to people who are passionate in community engagement." 

Song Ge

 "The course was excellent. Quisha taught me how to structure my courses to create a flowing learning environment, how to use Zoom and Microsoft Teams to enhance my courses, and how to make the learning experience interactive and educational."

Gwendolyn S. Moody

Course Description

Community Health Worker Instructors are individuals approved to provide instruction and training in one or more core competencies for Community Health Workers. The CHW Instructor course places emphasis on virtual-Instructor Led Training (v-ILT) and the program is 100% virtual. The CHW Instructor curriculum features hands-on practice (experiential learning), group activities,  demonstrations, role-playing, case studies, and simulations.

   This course reviews the following core competencies:
Communication Skills  
Interpersonal Skills  
Service Coordination Skills  
Capacity-Building Skills  
Advocacy Skills  
Teaching Skills  
Organizational Skills  
Knowledge-based skills with an emphasis on virtual-instructor led training (vILT)

vILT Topics include:
   Adult Learning Theories  
Identifying Learner Needs and Professional Practice Gaps  
Learning Outcomes vs Learning Objectives  
Virtual Facilitation Skills  
Facilitator Role vs Producer Role  
Virtual Interaction and Collaboration Tools  
Types of Professional Development Offerings  
Developing a Lesson Plan  
Conducting Literature Reviews  
Evaluating Trainings

Textbook Optional: Berthold, T. (2016). Foundations for Community Health Workers. (2nd Edition). John Wiley & Sons
(Can purchase paperback or electronic version)

Field Experience Hours: Field experience hours are required for Texas residents and must be completed before certificate is issued. 

Become a Certified CHW Instructor

Learn how to provide instruction and training in the Community Health Worker core competences.

Learn how to make your trainings more lively and how to manage distracted learners in a virtual environment.  

Learn how to evaluate your teaching programs.  

Learn how to develop and deliver content that is both educational and engaging.



Plus $100 non-refundable application/admin fee  

  • 16-week course
  • Emphasis in Virtual Instructor Led Training
  • Tutoring and Career Services
  • Internship Placement Assistance


Yes! Umemba Health is a Texas DSHS-approved provider of CHW and CHW Instructor certification and continuing education. (Certificate #64, Expiration 2/2024). Our courses and trainings may also qualify for Category II CECH for Certified Health Education Specialists and towards AAMA continuing education hours for Medical Assistants.

Yes! Our programs are virtual and can be taken from any U.S. state, even overseas! 

Unless otherwise specified, you will have 30-day access to the all courses and content.

1. Complete online application and pay the non-refundable application/admin fee
2. Schedule your admissions interview
3. Upload your government ID in the student portal
4. Sign your training agreement
5. Satisfy your tuition or first installment by the first day of class

The CHW and CHW Instructor certification courses are 16 weeks.

Currently, all courses are online. The CHW and CHW Instructor certification courses meet via Zoom once weekly for 2 hours. The CHW classes meets on Tuesdays from 6-8pm CST and the CHW Instructor classes meet on Thursdays from 6-8p CST. All other work is completed outside of the live sessions.

The total cost of the CHW certification course is $900 ($100 application/admin fee + $800 tuition). All CHW learners must also purchase a textbook before the start of the course. The average cost of the textbook is $100.

The total cost of the CHW Instructor certification course $1300 ($100 application/admin fee + $1200 tuition). There is no textbook required for this course.

Yes, payment plans are available for both the CHW and the CHW Instructor certification courses. Payment plans are paid in 3 monthly installments and the payment plan is discussed during the Admissions Interview. Please email us to inquire about scholarships. Our email address is [email protected]