CHW Instructor Certification Requirements

Español - Requisitos de Certificación para Instructor de CHWCommunity health worker (CHW) instructors provide training to promotores de salud/CHWs or other CHW instructors. They know about the role of a CHW, adult education methods, core competencies and curriculum development. CHW Instructors provide culturally-relevant education on a diversity of health topics. 

CHW Instructors must meet the following certification requirements:

  • Texas resident 
  • Must be 18 years old
  • Training – Completion of an approved DSHS certified 160-hour competency-based Community Health Worker Instructor training program  
    Experience – At least 1000 cumulative hours of experience training individuals who provide community health work services including promotores, community health workers, and other health care paraprofessionals and professionals in the previous three (3) years. 

Initial CHW Instructor Application

Initial Application for CHW Instructor Certification [Word] 

Solicitud Inicial de Certificación para Instructores de Promotores de Salud [en español, Word]  

Instructions to Apply Online 

(Online application is available only in English at this time.)

  1. Download instructions 
    Application based on completion of CHW Instructor certification training course [PDF]
    Application based on CHW Instructor experience [PDF] 
  2. All attachments must be saved in PDF format (photo, resume, certificate of course completion and experience verification form if applicable) 
  3. Go to the Online Application. 

    **Due to COVID-19, there will be delays with processing applications submitted by mail. Applications submitted via email at or online will be processed in the order they are received within 90 days. Applications submitted by fax or mail prior to March 17 will need to be resubmitted via email.

Documents to Send to DSHS for Instructor Certification 

  • Signed and dated application with all information completed. A typed or handwritten signature is acceptable.  
  • Color photo of your face, similar to a passport photo.  
  • Professional resume
  • Training certificate of completion (if applying based on completion of an approved DSHS certified 160-hour competency-based instructor training program)
  • Submit an Employment/Volunteer History verification form [Word] if applicable

Helpful information for completing an application:

  • There is no cost for certification.
  • Application checklist [PDF] to ensure the application is complete. 
  • Photo requirements [PDF] provides guidelines to applicants submitting digital photographs as part of their application to be certified. 

Finding your CHW certification number and/or expiration date 

  1. Go to the DSHS Online Licensing Services website.
  2. Do not create an account.
  3. Go to "license search" found in the Check License Status or Search for a License (CHW certification number) section.
  4. Perform a search. 

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Last updated May 25, 2022