CHW Certification Course

Next class starts August 1st!
Upcoming Course Dates
Fall 2023: August 1 - November 14

Course Description

The Community Health Worker course includes hands-on practice, group activities, demonstrations, role-playing, case studies, and simulations. Learners will have lots of opportunities for questions and answers through interactive, thought-provoking dialogue-not just with facilitators and instructors, but also with their peers. The course has  been revised and includes additional CHW competencies designed to elevate your skillset!  

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 clinical integration)

The revised course now also features:
Professional Skills and Conduct
Introduction to Public Health
Introduction to US Healthcare
Social Determinants of Health
Health Literacy
Social Justice and Health Equity

 Required TextbookBerthold, T. (2016). Foundations for Community Health Workers. (2nd Edition). John Wiley & Sons
(Can purchased paperback or electronic version)

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

***Tuition discounts are applied after the Admissions Interview
Only 15 participants accepted each cohort.

full price tuition


Plus $100 non-refundable application/admin fee

  • 16- week course
  • Emphasis in Clinical Integration
  • Tutoring, Mentoring, and Career Services
  • Internship Placement Assistance
  • Installment plans available


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! 

1. Complete online application and pay the non-refundable application/admin fee
2. Complete the 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

Spring 2023: August 1 - November 14

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). 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.