​​Community Health Worker Certification

CHW Certification Information

Maryland Community Health Worker (CHW) Certification Key Points:
  • ​A CHW certification is effective for two years from the date issued.
  • There is no fee for certification or certification renewal.
  • Submission of a CHW certification application is completed through the Maryland OneStop portal.

Requirements for CHW certification:
  • Age:  The applicant must be 18 years or older.
  • Successful completion of a CHW certification training program accredited by the Maryland Department of Health:
    • The applicant must provide documentation of successful completion of a CHW training program accredited by the Maryland Department of Health.
    • Documentation should be an official certificate, letter, or other document issued by the accredited training program that includes the following five elements:
      • the training program name
      • the training program address
      • the training program accreditation number
      • the date of completion
      • an authorizing signature.  
    • If you do not have this document, please contact your training program.
  • Education: The applicant must possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
Apply for CHW Certification

Steps to apply for CHW Certification:
  • Submit an application through the Maryland OneStop​ portal for Maryland CHW Certification 
    • Include a form of age verification
    • Include documentation of the successful completion of a CHW training program accredited by the Maryland Department of Health
  • Contact the CHW Team at 410-767-5971 or MDH.CHWApplications@Maryland.gov to request a paper application in English or a language other than English.
​Click here for a flyer​ on CHW certification.

Things to know about the Maryland OneStop application process:
  • Click here to find a list of CHW training programs accredited by the Maryland Department of Health.
  • For the best online application experience, please use Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari as your web browser.  You may experience issues using Internet Explorer.
  • ​​Click on the uploaded documents (age verification and successful completion of an accredited CHW training program) before submitting the application to be sure they open the way you intend.
​Please allow up to 90 days for processing after a complete application has been submitted.

For assistance please contact the MDH CHW team at MDH.CHWApplications@maryland.gov or 410-767-5971.​​