Community Health Worker Renewal

You must meet these requirements to renew your Community Health Worker (CHW) certification: 

  • Be a current Texas resident,  
  • Submit a renewal application every 2 years.
  • Complete 20 hours of continuing education units (CEUs) every two years. 
  • Submit a color photo- Photo Requirements

Community Health Worker Renewal Application

Promotor(a)/Community Health Worker Application for Certificate Renewal 

Solicitud de Renovación del Certificado del Promotor(a) de Salud [en español] 

Renewal Requirements

Continuing Education Units (CEUs)​​​​​

Your CHW certificate renewal requires continuing education units. There are three types of CEUs.  

  • DSHS-certified CEUs for CHW.  These CEUs are approved by the CHW program
  • CEUs completed for another Texas license or certification in another health profession. These must be related to the CHW core competencies.  
  • Non-certified CEUs. CEUs from training programs and instructors that we did not certify. These must be related to one of more of the core competencies.

You can combine the CEUs in a few different ways.  

Option 1:

  • All CEUs completed are DSHS certified for CHWs.

Option 2:

  • At least 5 DSHS certified CEUs for CHW,
  • Up to 5 hours of continuing education you did to renew a Texas license or certification in another health profession,
  • Any Combination of non-certified and DSHS-Certified CEUs for CHWs to equal 10.

Option 3:

  • Ten (10) DSHS-certified CEUs for CHW
  • Any combination of non-certified and DSHS-certified CEUs for CHWs to equal 10.

Where can I find free CEU classes to renew my CHW certification? 

You may find free CEU classes on the CHW Continuing Education Course webpage. In addition, the CHW Program send email notices of upcoming CEU courses. If you are not receiving the notices, make sure we have your current email address.

How do I find my 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.

Do you need extra time to complete your CEUs?

You may request an extension of up to 90 days in writing before your certification expires. Only one extension is allowed per two-year certification period.  Your written request must be mailed or emailed (, including your name and CHW certification number.

Has your certification been expired for less than a year?

You may renew your expired CHW certification by completing the required continuing education units (CEUs), submitting the CHW renewal application, and a photo if your certificate has been expired for one year or less. Your 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 for CHW certification for approval if you wish to regain your certification.

The list of free online CEUs is available at this link.