Community Health Worker Certification Program | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Community Health Worker Certification Program

Offered by the TTUHSC School of Nursing & the Texas Department of State Health Services Certified Training Program #9 


What is a Community Health Worker or Promotor(a)?

  • Is a trusted member of the community, and has a close understanding of the ethnicity, language, socio-economic status, and life experiences of the community served
  • Acts as a liaison and provides cultural mediation between healthcare, social services, and the community
  • Helps people increase access to needed services and resources
  • Builds individual, community, and system capacity through health knowledge and self-sufficiency
  • Provides social support, advocacy and clinical research
  • Provides services through outreach, patient navigation, community health education and information

Who can become a Community Health Worker?

  • Anyone who wants to make an impact in their community
  • Anyone who is interested in receiving a certification from the State of Texas
  • Anyone who has a; 
    • Texas Residence 
    • High School Diploma or GED
    • Must pass a criminal background check

What is involved?

Core CHW Training 
  • 160-hour interactive course that meets the TX DSHS required eight core competencies for CHWs
  • Six-month commitment
  • Classes held once per week
  • Must have access to technology (ex: laptop, iPad, etc. and reliable internet)
  • Apply for Core CHW Training
CHW Apprenticeship Program
  • Includes core CHW training
  • One-year commitment
  • Paid on the job learning
  • 40 hrs per week (includes required coursework)
  • 2000-2200 hrs total for completion
  • Registered through the Department of Labor
  • Apply for CHW Apprenticeship Program
Upskilling Opportunities for CHWs
  • Public Health Essentials
  • Substance Use Disorders
  • Transitional Care Coordination
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Oral Health 
  • Application Coming Soon!
Stipend Availability*

*less course fees & program completion


To register or for additional information, please contact:

Monica Garcia, LMSW
CHW Instructor
Phone: 806.743.3020