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    512-776-2570  or  512-776-2624 

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    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 

CHW Instructor Certification Renewal

Español - Renovación del Certificado de Instructor(a)You must renew your certificate every two years. To renew your certificate, you must complete 20 hours of continuing education related to the core competencies during each two-year renewal period. 

Instructor Certification Renewal Requirements 

  • Current Texas resident.
  • Renew certification every two years.
  • Complete 20 hours of continuing education units (CEUs).

Following documents must be submitted to DSHS 

  • Signed and dated application with all information completed. A typed or handwritten signature is acceptable.  
  • Copies of your 20 hours of Continuing education units (CEUs) saved in PDF format
  • Photo - color photo of your face, similar to a passport photo.  

**Allow 90 Days for application processing. 

Possible Breakdown of Continuing Education (CEUs) for Renewing 

DSHS-Certified Continuing Education – At least ten(10) certified hours of continuing education must come from participation in a DSHS-approved instructor training program. Note: All CEUs may be DSHS certified. 


You may combine five (5) DSHS certified hours of continuing education AND up to five (5) hours of continuing education you completed to renew a Texas license or certification in another health profession.


You may combine five (5) DSHS-certified hours of instructor continuing education AND up to five (5) hours of instruction delivered to promotores, community health workers, or instructors in DSHS-certified training programs. Note that one (1) hour of credit equals two (2) hours actually taught. 


Non-Certified Continuing Education – The remaining ten (10) hours may come from training programs and instructors not certified by DSHS that relate to one or more of the core competencies. You also may satisfy non-certified continuing education hours through other verifiable self-study, such as reading materials, audio materials, audiovisual materials or a combination. View a list of resources.  

Renewal Application

Helpful information for completing an application: 

  • There is no cost for certification. 
  • View the Application Checklist to ensure the application is complete. 
  • Read the photo requirements document that provides guidelines to applicants submitting photographs as part of their application to be certified. 

How do I find my Instructor 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." 

Do you need to request extra time to complete your CEUs? 

You may request an extension of up to 120 days (4 months) in writing before your certification expires. Only one extension is allowed per two-year certification period.  Your written request must be mailed or emailed (chw@dshs.texas.gov), include your name and Instructor certification number. 

Has your certification been expired for less than a year? 

You may renew your expired Instructor certification by completing the required continuing education units (CEUs) and submitting the Instructor Application for Certificate Renewal (above), if your certificate has been expired for one year or less. Your renewed Instructor certification will expire two years from the date the previous certification expired. 

Has your certification been expired for more than a year? 

You may re-apply if your certification has been expired for more than one year. You must submit an initial application (below) for certification for approval if you wish to regain your certification.

Last updated May 22, 2019