CHW & Instructor Training Sites

What is a DSHS-approved training site? The Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) certifies training sites to deliver the Community Health Worker (CHW) certification course, CHW continuing education, CHW Instructor certification course and/or CHW Instructor continuing education.

Potential training sites must submit an application with a curriculum for their desired certification and a plan for delivering future training. Always consult the proper authorities before applying to become a training site or submitting a new curriculum.  

View currently certified training programs in Texas.                                                                                        

Is your organization interested in becoming a training program?

Certified training programs provide training for promotores, community health workers, and/or instructors. Organizations may apply to provide the following training:

  • Certification course [at least 160 hours with at least 20 hours for each of the core competencies (pdf)]
  • Continuing education
  • Both–certification course and continuing education

Read more details in the initial application and the renewal application: 

Approved Shareable CHW or Instructor Curriculum

Many training programs have agreed to share curriculum that has been approved for DSHS-certified CEUs. The list of shared curricula is subject to change and will be updated quarterly. The list is divided by topic and includes the name of the curriculum, the number of CEUs, as well as the name of the training program that “owns” the curriculum. Curricula for instructor trainings is located at the end of the list.

View the Shareable Curriculum List. 

Training programs that would like to borrow a curriculum must contact the training program specified on the shared curriculum list. Programs must email the CHW Training and Certification Program at chw@dshs.texas.gov when they share a curriculum with another training program. Please include the curriculum name and the training program requesting the curriculum.

View the Certified Training Programs for contact information. 

Curriculum Submission

All certified CHW or instructor training programs should use the Training Program Curriculum Submission Form to submit curriculum for review and approval for community health worker or instructor DSHS-certified contact hours. 

Guest Instructor Request

Certified CHW and instructor training programs may request to use a guest instructor to provide DSHS-certified contact hours. The guest instructor must be approved by DSHS well in advance of the proposed training.

Read the Guest Instructor Procedure and submit the Guest Instructor Request Form for review and approval. 

Announcements of Upcoming Training

Training programs should email information on upcoming training events offering DSHS-certified contact hours to chw@dshs.texas.gov or to their designated CHW Training and Certification Program contact. Please include the following information in the email message:

  • Name of training program 
  • Title
  • Instructor(s)
  • Date
  • Time
  • Method (i.e. in-person, distance learning)
  • Location
  • # of DSHS-certified hours (note whether CEUs are for CHWs, instructors, or both)
  • Competencies
  • Cost
  • Language
  • Registration information
  • Contact information for questions 

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Last updated May 23, 2019