Although the process of approval for programs offering CHW training is currently being developed, the Connecticut DPH has made CHW certification possible through two alternative routes for licensing. First, individuals may be grandfathered in – i.e., made exempt from new certification requirements – if they possess a minimum of two thousand (2,000) hours of paid or unpaid experiences as a CHW. Community Health Workers are also required to submit at least one professional reference as well as a reference from a community member. This option is geared toward individuals who have worked as CHW before the standardization and professionalization of the position. Alternatively, an individual may be eligible for certification as CHW if they meet the following requirements:
- Is at least sixteen (16) years of age;
- Have a minimum of one thousand (1,000) hours of experience working as a CHW during three years prior to the date of application;
- Submits a professional reference from an employer with direct knowledge of the applicant’s experience as a community health worker;
- Submits a reference from a member of the community with direct knowledge of the applicant’s experience as a community health worker.
Applications are only accepted online and the application fee is $100. For additional information on the certification process and requirements please refer to the Connecticut Department of Public Health.