The Kentucky Department for Public Health, 
Office of Community Health Workers
is the certifying body for the  
CHW Certifications
in Kentucky.

For information or questions regarding CHW certification, please email

PLEASE BE ADVISED: As of January 2024, all Community Health Worker Certification payments must be paid directly to the Office of Community Health Workers within the Department for Public Health. You will no longer be paying for Certification through the KYACHW website. 

How to Become a Certified CHW

Applicant Elgibility
  • Currently live in Kentucky and/or employed as a CHW in Kentucky
  • Legal U.S. resident at least 18 years old
  • Demonstrate approved CHW core competencies
  • Submit completed application to the Kentucky Office of Community Health Workers
  • Submit certification fee to the Kentucky Association of Community Health Workers

Application Tracks
  • Training-based: For CHWs who have completed a CHW training program of at least 40 hours in-class instruction and 40 hours of field work.

  • Experience-based: For applicants with at least 2,500 hours as a CHW over the past 3 years.
Application Materials
  • General Application
  • Color Photo
  • Professional Reference
  • $50 Certification fee for first time certification or 
    $25 Recertification fee if recertifying  

CHW Certification Renewal

October 1-31

Certification number begins with KCC, this number will never change and is to be used with Continuing Education. 

Fees are due with re-certification or when applying.  


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