CHW Instructor Certification Course

Next course starts August 3rd!
Upcoming Course Dates 
Fall 2023: August 3 - November 16 

Course Description

Want to learn how to provide instruction and training in the Community Health Worker core competencies?

 Want to learn how to make your trainings more lively and how to manage distracted learners in a virtual environment?

   Want to learn how to evaluate your training programs?    

Want to learn how to develop and deliver content that is both educational and engaging?

Become a Certified Community Health Worker Instructor!

CHW Instructors are individuals approved to provide instruction and training in one or more core competencies for Community Health Workers. The UHA 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

Recommended: 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

full price tuition


Plus $100 non-refundable application/admin fee  

  • 16-week course
  • Emphasis in Virtual Instructor Led Training
  • Tutoring, Mentoring, 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. Complete 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.

All courses are 100% virtual with a combination of self-paced, on-demand sessions as well as live, virtual instructor-led Zoom sessions. The CHW course meets on Tuesdays from 6-8pm CST and the CHW Instructor course meets on Thursdays from 6-8p CST. Meeting times will vary and can be found in the course syllabus. 

The total cost of the CHW certification course is $1000 ($100 application/admin fee + $900 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 $1500 ($100 application/admin fee + $1400 tuition). The textbook is optional 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 for the CHW Certification Course and 4 monthly installments for the CHW Instructor Certification Course. Payment plans are discussed during the Admissions Interview. Both full and partial scholarships are available and based on financial need. Scholarships are accepted 2 weeks before the start of each course. Do not apply for the course and apply for a scholarship. If you are selected as the scholarship recipient, you will be notified one week before the start of the course. You can apply for a scholarship here