CHW Training and Curriculum Development

It is important to incorporate high quality professional development opportunities in the plan to expand the CHW Workforce

Frequently Asked Questions
How is the CHWI Core Competency Training curriculum delivered?

The Community Health Worker Core Competency Training Curriculum is delivered utilizing participatory learning techniques and adult learning principles. Training is a total of approximately 161 hours. Those 161 hours are divided into 81 hours of facilitated learning and 80 hours of practicum experience. The facilitated learning hours are further divided into approximately 69 hours of face-to-face “in-class activity” and 11 hours of independently completed “Out of Classroom Activity.”

What is the CHWI Core Competency Training content based on?

The training content is based on the South Carolina Core Competencies and the Core Competencies directly reflect those recognized nationally. Per the South Carolina Core Competencies, skills within the following eleven domains are emphasized throughout the training: Communication Skills, Interpersonal and Relationship Building Skills, Service Coordination and Navigation Skills, Capacity Building Skills, Advocacy Skills, Education and Facilitation Skills, Individual and Community Assessment Skills, Outreach Skills, Professional Skills and Conduct, Evaluation and Research Skills, and Knowledge Base.

What are the benefits of the CHWI Core Competency Training ?

Not only does the training serve as an experiential learning opportunity that provides participants with the firm foundational knowledge necessary to begin work as a Community Health Worker, but the training also is a gateway to certification eligibility.  After all phases of training have been completed, training participants will be prepared to sit for the South Carolina Community Health Worker Exam (administered by the South Carolina Community Health Worker Association).

What are the attendance requirements for training?

Training instructors will take attendance at the beginning of every class to make sure that CHWs in training are present and engaged for at least 80% of course activity. “Out of Classroom Activity” will be tracked by the trainers based on completion of out of class assignments (which will be turned in at the beginning of class) and participation in class activities (which often is contingent upon completion of “Out of Classroom Activity”). Similarly, preceptors will track attendance to make sure CHWs in training are present and have completed the work for at least 80% of the practicum portion of the course as well. Practicum (in-field experience) material will be standardized, but because class participants will have preceptors located at different facilities, the material may be delivered in slightly different styles or formats. *All preceptors are trained and approved by CHWI.

Where is Core Competency Training being held?

While “in-class training” is typically held face-to-face in one location (class location influenced by locations of class participants), practicum location is contingent upon the location of practicum preceptors (typically the preceptors’ place of employment). Because of the impacts of COVID-19 most classes are currently being held virtually.

When will the next Core Competency training be offered?

Training will be offered on an approximately quarterly basis. If there is an urgent demand for a large number of CHWs to be trained outside of the quarterly schedule, please reach out to CCHA staff and contingent upon training team capacity, CCHA may be able to accommodate. The next training being offered is being offered in person in Spartenburg, South Carolina beginning on September 6 of 2021.  Even if a training cohort reaches capacity we encourage individuals to proceed to fill out the core competency training application. This will allow you to be on the wait list for training should participants choose not to participate and it also allows you to be on the priority list for our next training should you not be admitted into this one. If you are interested in being notified when the next training is being offered, please contact a member of the training staff to be added to the CCHA listserve !

What is the duration of Core Competency Training?

Due to modified class format while navigating the impacts of COVID-19, virtual classes are every weekday for 2 weeks from 9AM to 12 PM (for the first 30 hour portion of facilitated learning) followed by practicum participation that is self-regulated between class participant and preceptor (80 hours) over the course of 6-8 weeks, with the final portion of facilitated learning being every weekday for 2 weeks from 9AM to 11:30AM and 12:30 PM to 3:00 PM (50 hour portion of facilitated learning). The total duration of training is essentially 160 hours.

When training is in person, the facilitated learning portion is typically delivered  2-3 days per week, over the span of about 8 weeks. As the Core Competency Training program continues to be implemented this facilitated learning schedule is subject to change based on the needs and abilities of potential program participants and CHWI training facilitators. The practicum portion can begin as early as class session 5 or it can begin after the in-class learning portion has been completed. The practicum phase of training should be completed no later than 6 weeks after the final in-class training session. *Because participants will have different employment situations and different preceptors, CHWI has left flexibility in the practicum portion of the training to allow participants to move through the material at the rate they, their employers, and their preceptors see best fit.

What is the Standard Price of Core Competency training?

Training is priced at $1850.00 per CHW. Because the CHWI Community Health Worker Core Competency Training has been approved by the South Carolina Community Health Worker Credentialing Council, Completion of the CHWI Core Competency Training makes participants eligible to take the exam which is administered by the South Carolina Community Health Worker Association. Only after a Credentialing Council-approved course (like CHWI’s) has been successfully completed AND the SCCHWA exam has been passed, can an individual be considered certified in the state of South Carolina.

Are there discounted rates for Core Competency training?

There are discounted rates for Core Competency Training. If an individual is being financially supported by a non-profit organization that makes less than $200,000.00 a year the price of registration is $1050.00 per participant and if an individual is not being financially supported by an organization to register for the class, price of registration is only $400.00.

How are preceptors assigned to participants?

If program participants do not have someone within their organization who can serve as a preceptor, the training coordinator will assist in preceptor to participant matching. Preceptors are assigned to participants ideally based upon proximity in location (preferably within the same organization). All preceptors are trained and selected by Center for Community Health Alignment Staff. Preceptor applications are accepted on a rolling basis and all applicants who qualify to be preceptors will be updated on upcoming preceptor trainings.

What is a CHWI Core Competency Training Preceptor?

CHWI Preceptors will serve as supervisors and mentors during the practicum phase of the CHWI training curriculum for designated individuals seeking their community health worker certification. Read more. If you are interested in being a preceptor, apply here.

How many people are in a class?

Classes ideally contain 8-16 participants

How do I apply for CHWI Core Competency Training?

 If you are interested in signing up for general admission Core Competency Training, please apply here. Core Competency Training applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and all applicants who qualify to be training participants will be updated on upcoming trainings.

What if I want to be a CHWI Training Facilitator?

Currently we have identified and trained the number of CHWI Core Competency Training Facilitators we are aiming to have at this time. This is not to say that we won’t look to identify and train more Core Competency Training facilitators in the future. In addition to Core Competency Training Facilitators, CHWI also looks to collaborate with CHWs who want to provide their expertise to train in specific specialty areas. If you are interested in being a facilitator for Core Competency Training and/or specialty track(s), feel free to complete the following form. We will keep your application and be sure to notify you as respective opportunities become available.

Who is the ideal point of contact for CHWI Core Competency Training?

Dom Francis is the Center for Community Health Alignment Training Coordinator. All training related inquiries can be directed to Dom via phone (803)563-0908 or email