Classroom training is delivered via a live virtual format, with weekly online classes.

Community Health Worker Apprenticeship Training

Registered Apprenticeship

The Community Health Worker (CHW) Registered Apprenticeship program is available through HealthTeamWorks and is approved by the US Department of Labor. The CHW Registered Apprenticeship program requires a partnership between the employer and participating apprentice and includes:

  • One year of on-the-job learning;
  • Completion of the CHW classroom training. The classroom training is delivered in a live, virtual format with weekly online classes for 23 weeks. In addition to the weekly class, there are weekly assignments, including required reading, quizzes and other coursework.
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Student looking at a certificate


Successful completion of the CHW Registered Apprenticeship results in the award of a non-credit certificate from the Des Moines Area Community College or other Iowa community college of choice, a competency certificate from HealthTeamWorks and a national credential as a Community Health Worker issued by the U.S. Department of Labor. Additionally, opportunities for CEUs and CMEs may be available to licensed health care professionals for this training.


CHW Registered Apprenticeship with CHW Professional Skills Training: $2,500 per participant.

Special opportunities are available for Iowa residents and individuals employed in Iowa to receive a tuition waiver and stipend support.

CHW Professional Skills Registered Apprenticeship Program

This skills-based training includes four courses covering the following topics:

Course 1: Introduction to Community Health Work

  • Role and Evolution of CHWs
  • Introduction to Public Health, Health Care and Health Policy
  • Health Equity

Course 2: Core Competencies for Providing Direct Services

  • Practicing Cultural Humility
  • Guiding Principles
  • Conducting Initial Client Interviews and Home
  • Visiting
  • Coaching
  • Care Management and Care Coordination

Course 3: Enhancing Professional Skills

  • Stress Management and Self-Care
  • Conflict Resolution
  • CHW Professional Skills

Course 4: Applying Core Competencies to Key Health Issues

  • Introduction to Chronic Conditions
  • Management
  • Promoting Healthy Eating/Active Living
  • Exploring Trauma and Supporting Survivor
  • Recovery
  • Health Outreach

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