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Community Health Worker Certification

Please read each document thoroughly before beginning your application.

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Applicant Eligibility

  • Currently live in Kentucky and/or employed as a CHW in Kentucky
  • Legal U.S. resident at least 18 years old
  • Demonstrate approved CHW core competencies.
  • Submit completed application and certification fee to KYACHW.

Application Tracks

  1. Training-based: For CHWs who have completed a CHW training program of at least 40 hours in-class instruction and 40 hours of field work.
  2. Experience-based: For applicants with at least 2,500 hours as a CHW during the previous three years.

Application Materials

  1. Intent to Apply
  2. General Application
  3. Track-specific materials (copies of training certificates or official position description)
  4. Color Photo
  5. Professional Reference
  6. $50 fee paid directly to KYACHW

Continuing Education for Certified Community Health Workers (CCHW)

All CCHWs are required to earn 10 continuing education units (CEUs) each year. At least five of those hours must come from KDPH-approved training. You may earn up to five hours from independent training.

For the full list of 2020 and 2021 KDPH-approved training please email CHW Certification

KDPH-Approved Training for CHW CEUs as of May 26, 2021


Training Title






Kentucky Voices
for Health

COVID-19 State and Federal Policy Updates
Aug. 3, 2021 
Kentucky Dept. 
for Public Health
Harm Reduction Summit
​Aug. 11 and 12, 2021 

​  16 (CCHWs may earn     up to 7 CEUs total)

Ky. Assoc. of Community Health Workers

6th Annual Conference

Sept. 23 and 24, 2021


Continuing Education Application for Organizations

This CHW Continuing Education Applicationis meant for organizations that wish to have training approved for CHW CE credits.

Forms must be submitted at least four weeks prior to training date. Approved training must provide a certificate of completion which includes:

  • Name of the CCHW
  • Name of Training Organization
  • Title of Training
  • Date of Training

All certificates and agendas must include the following statement:

This program has been approved by the Kentucky Department for Public Health Community Health Worker Program to provide X number of continuing education credits.
CHW Impact Stories of Success

Stories of Success are used to demonstrate the impact of Community Health Worker programs in Kentucky.

The 2020 CHW Stories of Success report now is available.

Please look out for information about the 2021 CHW Stories of Success submission webinar and application period. 

CHW Success Stories Powerpoint

CHW Stories of Success Worksheet