Apply for Community Health Worker Certification

The Board of Certification of Community Health Workers within MDPH is pleased to announce the launch of voluntary certification of Community Health Workers, for public health and health care workers.
Once an application is received by the Board, it takes a minimum of 3- 5 weeks to review the completed application and determine if any additional information is required. Once complete, applications are processed in the order received.

Board of Certification of Community Health Workers

The Details of Apply for Community Health Worker Certification

What you need for Apply for Community Health Worker Certification

Work Experience Pathway

  • Once you have completed the required 4,000 hours of work experience, you may apply for a Massachusetts CHW certification via the Work Experience pathway.

Combined Training & Work Experience Pathway

  • Once the Board begins to approve training programs, you will be able to apply via the Combined Training & Work Experience pathway once you have completed the required 2,000 hours of work experience and obtained certification from a Board Approved Training Program.

Please refer to the CHW Individual Application (DOCX), Frequently Asked Questions (PDF) | (DOC), and Fact Sheet (PDF) | (DOC) for detailed instructions.

Complete applications must include the following documents:

Fees for Apply for Community Health Worker Certification

Check or money order payable to:
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Cash or foreign currency is not accepted.

Name Fee Unit
Application fee $35 per applicant

How to apply Apply for Community Health Worker Certification

Mail all required materials and fee payment to:

Bureau of Health Professions Licensure
Board of Certification of Community Health Workers
239 Causeway St.
Suite 500
Boston, MA 02114

For further information, please contact the Board office at (800) 414-0168 or (617) 973-0806.

More info about Apply for Community Health Worker Certification

  • Application must be submitted on single-sided paper
  • All requested information must be provided; failure to provide requested information may result in a delay in processing of application. We will return any incomplete applications.
  • Do not leave blanks. If you are unable to provide the requested information, attach a separate sheet with an explanation.
  • Keep a copy of your completed application for your records. The Board is not able to provide copies of your application. Employers may require that you provide them with a copy.

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