Community Health Worker Training

NC Community Health Worker Initiative and Core Competency Training (Spring 2021 Update)

CHWs should possess a set of core skills to effectively meet the demands of their positions.  CHWs in NC should be able to demonstrate each of the nine competencies. The NC CHW standardized statewide training will cover each of these core skills as part of the certification process. More information can be found here: Link

NC Community Health Worker Standardized Core Competency Training (NC CHW SCCT) Initiative Requirements: Link

Here is a list of the Community Colleges that will be offering the Community Health Worker Core Competency Training (CHW CCT):

Catawba Valley Community College
There will be two classes offered in Spring 2021. One of these courses will be a hybrid class (part in person and part online), and the other course will be online only with live Zoom classes, meeting once a week. Additional information can be found here: Link

Durham Technical Community College
There are two sections of the CHW CCT being offered. These are offered online with classes meeting on Tuesday and  Thursdays from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. The course started January 19, 2021 and runs through May 6, 2021. Cost is $195. More information can be found here: Link

Edgecombe Community College
The Spring course will begin on February 2, 2021. This course will be offered online, using Google Meets, with meetings occurring on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30-10:30am. The course costs $192. For additional information, contact Jennifer Norville ( or 252-618-6569) or go to the following link: Link

Additional courses will be offered from March 29 - June 28, 2021, Mondays and Tuesdays 5:00-7:00 pm with the class meeting virtually using Google Meets. And another course will be offered May 4 - July 21, 2021, Tuesdays and Wednesdays 8:30-10:30 am with the class meeting virtually using Google Meets.

Gaston Community College
Gaston is not planning on offering a course in 2021, but plan to offer this course in the future.

Haywood Community College
Haywood CC is planning on offering a course starting in March 2021. Additional information will be added when available. To learn more about the CHW training at Haywood CC, Contact Krystal Shuler, 828-565-4103 or via email: More information can be found here: Link

Robeson Community College
Robeson CC is offering two courses, one starting March 15, and one starting April 5, 2021. These courses are being offered online and will accept students from across the state. Additionally, Robeson CC instructors are willing to offer additional courses outside those already scheduled as the community has a need.
More information can be found here: Link
North Carolina Community Health Worker Online Course Flyers: Link to open Word document
Additional flyer

Interested in offering the CHW Standardized Core Competency Training (CHW SCCT)?

Below are the requirements for NC Community Colleges (CCs) to receive recognition as an approved certified NC Standardized Core Competency Training (SCCT) institution for Community Health Workers
Note: Only NC Community Colleges can offer and receive state recognition after completion of the required CHW SCCT instructor training and acknowledging the statements below.
Other organizations providing CHW training are eligible for CEU offerings and recognition pending approval by the NC CHW Credentialing and Accreditation Advisory Board.

  • The CC instructors have successfully participated in the state-sponsored Standardized Core CT Train-the-Trainer
  • The SCCT Train-the-Trainer training and its materials do not ‘certify the college’, only the certified instructor
  • Community Colleges and instructors attest to maintain the integrity of the SCCT materials for the sole use of the trained instructors and should not be shared or used to train outside of the CC setting.
  • Students that participate in an SCCT offered at the CC will be eligible for NC certification and recognition as a certified CHW. Students who receive training under a non-certified CC are NOT eligible for traditional certification. Students would have to qualify for certification and recognition to the NC CHW Credentialing and Accreditation Advisory Board by providing supportive documentation such as, but not limited to training, lived experience, written referrals, etc.

For more information, contact the NC Office of Rural Health CHW Program using the contact information at the bottom of the page.