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    ​​Community Health Worker Certification Training Program Accreditation

    The accreditation process for Community Health Worker (CHW) Certification Training Programs is now open! 

    The Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR)​ (Community Health Worker Certification Training Programs) requires all CHW certification training programs to be accredited by the Maryland Department of Health (the Department) and that an accreditation shall be issued before an organization may offer a CHW certification training program. To obtain accreditation of a CHW certification training program, an organization must submit an accreditation application to the Department. 

    Before completing an application for accreditation, please review all information and documents on this page.

    Key things to know about the accreditation process:

    • There is no fee to apply for accreditation, at this time.  
    • Deadlines to apply for accreditation vary. New CHW certification training program applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. CHW certification training programs in operation on October 1, 2018 must submit an application by Dec. 31, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.  Read more about the deadlines to apply for accreditation in section III of the Application Manual.
    • Training program applications will be reviewed by a CHW Training Program Review Committee. Read more about the review process in Section X of the Application Manual
    • A CHW certification training program accreditation is effective for 3 years from the date issued.  Read more about accreditation expiration and renewal in Section XIII of the Application Manual
    • The CHW team is here to assist.  Contact us at MDH.CHWApplications@Maryland.gov or call 410-767-5971.

    CHW certification training program requirements:

    1.  Provide a minimum of 100 hours of instruction

    2.  Verify successful completion of an additional supervised 40-hour practicum by a student

         NOTE:  See this Notice regarding the 40-hour Practicum requirement during the COVID-19
                        state of emergency.  See bullet #2 and the Appendix, Conditions for the 
                        suspension of COMAR, of this Notice.

    3.  Employ a curriculum framework that incorporates, at a minimum, the Maryland CHW nine core competencies:
      • Advocacy and community capacity building skills
      • Effective oral and written communication skills
      • Cultural competency
      • Understanding of ethics and confidentiality issues
      • Knowledge of local resources and system navigation
      • Care coordination support skills
      • Teaching skills to promote healthy behavior change
      • Outreach methods and strategies 
      • Understanding of public health concepts and health literacy

    4.  Include an objective knowledge assessment

    Important application documents:

    1.  CHW Training Program Accreditation Application Manual

    2.  Curriculum Framework Form* - required form (updated 1.21.20)

    3.  Objective Knowledge Assessment Form* - required form (updated 1.21.20)

    4.  Annotated Code of Maryland, Health-General Article, Title 13, Subtitle 37 (The Maryland Community Health Worker Act)

    * The required forms are PDF fillable forms. To complete the forms:
    1.  Save the form to your computer and close
    2.  Open the saved form from your computer location and begin to enter information
    3.  Save frequently

    ​Submit an application for accreditation

    One you begin an accreditation application in the OneStop portal​, you may save your application and return at any time to continue working on the application.  Please be sure that the application is complete, all required forms and supplemental documents are uploaded prior to submitting your application.

    Apply Here for Training Program Accreditation

    The CHW team is available to assist training programs in their application for accreditation.  Contact us at MDH.CHWApplications@Maryland.gov or call 410-767-5971.​