Community Health Worker

HCC offers a Community Health Worker certification program.

About being a Community Health Worker:

This position is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of the community. This trusting relationship enables the CHW to serve as a link between health/social services and the community in order to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.

As a Community Health Worker, you will build capacity at the individual and community level by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities. Additionally, Community Health Workers will:

  • Provide interpretation and translation of services as needed
  • Assist people in receiving the care they need
  • Provide informal counseling and guidance on health behaviors
  • Be an advocate for individuals and community health needs
  • Provide some direct services such as first aid and blood pressure screenings

Community Health Workers are members of our community that want to help those in need as a volunteer (or for pay), in association with local health care systems and public health care systems in both urban and rural environments.

Some key roles:

  • Cultural Liaison
  • Health Navigator
  • Health & Wellness Promoter
  • Advocate

Core Competencies for the role:

  • Communication Skills
  • Capacity Building Skills
  • Service Coordination Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Advocacy Skills
  • Outreach Skills
  • Personal Skills & Development
  • Educational & Facilitation Skills

About the program:

  • Gain the required knowledge, tools, and resources to become recognized as a Certified Health Worker in North Carolina.
  • Following this program, you will be able to work in a variety of settings such as Health Departments, Hospitals, Clinics, and more.
  • Instruction is designed to cover each core competency
  • This course will encompass 96 hours for completion
  • Program cost is approximately $180 for tuition, books, and fees.
  • Once you complete the program, you are eligible to apply to become a certified Community Healthcare Worker and listed in the NC Certified CHW Registry.


Course schedule:

Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:00pm – 10:00pm & Four Saturdays, 8:00am – 5:00pm

Classes start February 3rd


Registration Information:

Krystal Shuler, 828-565-4103 or via email: