Educational backgrounds vary among CHWs, ranging from
some on-the-job training to formal community college-based programs that grant
certification or an associate’s degree.
The National Workforce Study (NWS) found that 21% of CHW
programs required a high school diploma or GED and 32% required a bachelor’s
Educational requirements for CHWs differ between CHW programs according to the
community and need being addressed by the program and the specific scope of
work for CHWs in that program. There is currently no national standard for CHW
training or professional certification. Some states mandate specific
credentials for CHWs, but most do not.5
The Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health (NDPBH) is currently
working with the Nevada System of Higher Education to create a standardized
curriculum for CHWs to start CHW training and certification programs in
community colleges around the state.
4Scott, G. and Wilson, R. (2006). Community Health
Worker Advancement: A Research Summary. Skillworks. Jobs for the Future.
5 Goodwin, K., & Tobler, L. (2008). Community health
workers: expanding the scope of the health care delivery system. National
Conference of State Legislatures.