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    CHW Certification 
    512-776-2570  or  512-776-2624 

    Instructor or Training Program Certification
    512-776-3860  or  512-776-2208 

    Email: chw@dshs.texas.gov 

    Fax: 512-776-7555 

    Mailing Address
    Texas Department of State Health Services 
    P.O. Box 149347, MC 1945 
    Attn: CHW Training and Certification Program
    Austin, TX 78714-9347 

Community Health Workers - Certification Information

CHW Certification Requirements

  • Texas resident 
  • Must be 18 year old
  • Training – Completion of an approved 160-hour competency-based Community Health Worker training program certified by DSHS
    Experience – At least 1000 cumulative hours of community health work services within the most recent six (6) years. Experience will be verified with the supervisor(s) noted in the application.

     The following must be submitted to DSHS: 

  • Signed and dated application with all information completed. A typed or handwritten signature is acceptable.
  • Photo - Colored photo of your face, similar to a passport photo.
  • Training certificate of completion (if applying based on completion of an approved 160-hour competency-based training program certified by DSHS)
  • Submit an Employment/Volunteer History verification form (if applicable)

    **Allow 90 Days for application processing. 

     Helpful information for completing an application:

     Initial CHW Application

  1. Promotor(a)/Community Health Worker Application for Certification – English Word Doc

Would you like to apply ONLINE for your initial CHW certification? 
Here is how:

  • Download instructions
  • All attachments must be saved in PDF format (photo, certificate of course completion and experience verification form if applicable)
  • The online application is available in English only at this time.
  • Access the online application at: Online Application 

 2. Solicitud de Certificación del Promotor(a) de Salud  - Español Word Doc

How do I find my CHW certification number and/or expiration date?
You will need to go to the Texas Department of State Health Services website, Check License Status or Search for a License (CHW certification number) and perform a search. Do Not Create an account go to "License Search".

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Last updated October 17, 2018