Community Health Worker

Registered Apprenticeship Program

The Community Health Worker (CHW) Registered Apprenticeship Program is designed to provide the education and job training needed to be a successful Community Health Worker.

Learners will gain knowledge and build competencies in these subject areas:

Community Health Worker Foundations

TeleHealth

Psychological First Aid (PFA)

Medicaid Basics

Essential Skills for Workplace Success

This program helps individuals plan and prepare for becoming a Certified Community Health Worker (CCHW) in Florida.

Frequently Asked Questions What is a Community Health Worker?


Apprentices

Create an opportunity for career advancement

Earn a wage that increases with your experience and work for an employer who is committed to your success, all while incurring no college or training debt.

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Employers

Gain skilled talent today while preparing your business for tomorrow

Custom train a ready workforce to better prepare for future needs and growth. Apprentices earn while they learn, gaining skills that enhance your bottom line.

Interested in becoming an employer partner? Contact Andy Campbell for more information.

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Frequently Asked Questions

This program is designed to provide education and job training needed to be a successful Community Health Worker. It also prepares individuals for becoming a Certified Community Health Worker (CCHW) in Florida.

The apprenticeship program lasts for about a year. Apprentices are required to complete 150 hours of course work and 2,000 hours of on-the-job training.

The pre-requisites are as follows:

  • Applicants must be at least 18 years or older
  • Successfully matched with an employer partner
  • Have a high school degree or equivalent to sit for the credentialing exam

There are five online courses apprentices are required to take:

  • Community Health Worker Foundations
  • Telehealth
  • Psychological First Aid
  • Medicaid Basics
  • Essential Skills for Workplace success

Apprentices will also complete 2,000 hours of on the job training with an employer partner.

The apprenticeship committee will receive and review your submission, then our apprenticeship coordinator will reach out to you with more information.

An employer partner is an employer who signed an agreement with us stating they acknowledge our training program and will retain and train apprentices accordingly.

If you reside in the area of our current employer partners, we will send out your resume and see if they are interested in you as a potential hire.

Yes, applicants will have to interview with an employer partner. The company still needs to go through proper hiring procedures and assess if you will be a good fit for their work environment.

You will be notified if we do not have an employer partner in your area and we will utilize our resources to look for one. If you have a potential employer in mind, please send us their contact information. We would be happy to reach out and see if they are willing to become an employer partner.

If your current employer is not an employer partner, we will reach out to them to see if they are interested in becoming one. If they are interested, they will need to fill out the required agreement before you can enter the program. If they are not interested, then we cannot accept you into the program.

If your current employer is a partner, we will reach out to them for confirmation you can enter the apprenticeship program.

After completing the online course and 500 hours of work experience, you are eligible to sit for the credentialing exam with the Florida Certification Board. Eligibility requirements for the certification exam can be found at this link (pg. 5-6): https://flcertificationboard.org/wp-content/uploads/CCHW-Standards-and-Requirements-Tables-January-2020.pdf

Yes, our office is an approved education provider by the Florida Certification Board. You can find our office on the list of approved providers under UF Office of Professional and Workforce Development (OPWD).

The exam is included as a component of the apprenticeship program so it will be no cost for the apprentice. Please contact the apprenticeship coordinator when you are ready to sit for the credentialing exam.

Learn more about the benefits of Registered Apprenticeship Programs

How to become a Certified Community Health Worker in Florida


What is a Community Health Worker (CHW)?

Community health workers (CHWs) are frontline health workers who have a close understanding of the community they serve. CHW’s frequently serve as a liaison between health/social services and the community to coordinate healthcare, government, and social service systems.

Although their roles vary depending on location, CHW’s frequently assist in underprivileged communities where people may have limited resources; lack access to quality health care; lack the means to pay for health care; or languages other than English.

These dedicated professionals strive to provide help to individuals throughout a community through

Outreach

Community Education

Informal Counseling

Social Support

Advocacy (American Public Health Association)



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Meet The Instructors

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Catherine L Striley

Deputy Director of HealthStreet

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Marc Arenas, MD

TeleHealth

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Acadia Jacob

Medicaid

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Scott Darius

Medicaid

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Meggen Sixbey

Psychological First Aid (PFA)



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