Applying for Certification:

The Rhode Island Certification Board certifies Community Health Workers and renews certification every two years if requirements are met.  The initial application includes the following requirements:

70 hours of CHW training

6 months work as a CHW or 1000 hours 

50 hours of supervision


$125 fee

For a fuller description and the application material itself, please visit the RICB at https://www.ricertboard.org/certifications


Getting CHW Hours Necessary for Certification

For those who do not yet have enough hours (1000 hours of CHW related work) for CHW Certification, below is a list of organizations to look at that may help you achieve the RICB’s hour requirement. Please reach out to David Zuleta at dzuleta@ric.edu with any questions!
Potential Organizations to Gain CHW Hours:
  1. Charles Gate Nursing Center.
  2. Clinica Esperanza (Hope Clinic).
  3. RI Free Clinic.
  4. Refugee Dream Center.
  5. Providence Afterschool Alliance.
  6. Women’s Refugee Care Center.
  7. Rhode Island Hospital.
  8. Goodwill Southern New England.
  9. Federal Hill House.
  10. Sojourner House.
  11. Progreso Latino.
  12. Miriam Hospital.

Renewing Certification:

CHWARI’s guide with HELPFUL TIPS on renewing your Community Health Worker Certification here (updated for 2020).

For more information, FAQ’s and both applications visit the Recertification Page of RICB’s website.