The CCHW Certification Requirements are:

  • Formal Education:  High School Diploma, General Equivalency Degree or higher. (was not required during grandfathering period)
  • Training:  30 hours of training in specified content areas.
  • Related Experience:  500 hours of related paid or volunteer experience.
  • Letters of Recommendation:  3 total:  one supervisory recommendation, two personal/character and/or supervisory recommendations. (only 2 were required during grandfathering period)
  • Written Exam:  Earn a passing score on the 100 multiple-choice item written exam.  (exam was not required during grandfathering period)

Please carefully review the CCHW Candidate Guide for full standards and policy requirements.

The Certified Community Health Worker (CCHW) designation is an entry-level credential for front-line health workers who, by virtue of their trusted status in the community, serve as a liaison, link and intermediary between health services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery. Examples of job titles that are considered to be Community Health Worker positions include but are not limited to Promotores(as) de Salud; Community Health Educator; Health Communicator; Outreach Worker; or Health Advocate.

There is a $50, non-refundable application fee.

There is a $65 CCHW Test Fee and, possibly, up to a 30 Proctoring Fee (Proctoring fees are paid directly to the testing site.  Fees may not exceed $30 for a proctored 2-hour exam.)

There is a $20 criminal background report fee (must be paid by any applicant who has had a Felony or First Degree Misdemeanor charge).

Applicants in need of financial assistance may contact the Florida Community Health Worker Coalition for assistance.  For English-speaking applicants, please call 850-888-2495 or Interesados que hablen español, pueden llamar al 305-243-8433.