Registered Apprenticeship

The CHW Registered Apprenticeship program is available through the Iowa Chronic Care Consortium and is approved by the US Department of Labor. The CHW Registered Apprenticeship program requires a partnership between the employer and participating apprentice, and includes:

  • One year of on-the-job learning;
  • Completion of the CHW classroom training. The classroom training is delivered in a live, virtual format with weekly online classes for 23 weeks. In addition to the weekly class there are weekly assignments, including required reading, quizzes and other coursework.

The 2023 CHW Apprenticeship cohort is underway and registration is now closed. Registration for 2024 will reopen in Fall 2023. If your organization is interested in exploring participation in the 2024 cohort contact Deb Kazmerzak,, or at 515.554.3788.


CHW Registered Apprenticeship with CHW Professional Skills Training – $2,500 per participant.
Special opportunities are available for Iowa residents and individuals employed in Iowa to receive a tuition waver and stipend support.


Successful completion of the CHW Registered Apprenticeship results in the award of a non-credit certificate from the Des Moines Area Community College, or other Iowa community college of choice, a competency certificate from the Iowa Chronic Care Consortium and a national credential as a Community Health Worker issued by the U.S. Department of Labor. Additionally, opportunities for CEUs and CMEs may be available to licensed healthcare professionals for this training.

CHW Professional Skills Registered Apprenticeship Program

This skills-based training includes four courses covering the following topics:

Course 1: Introduction to Community Health Work

  • Role and Evolution of CHWs
  • Introduction to Public Health, Healthcare and Health Policy
  • Health Equity

Course 2: Core Competencies for Providing Direct Services

  • Practicing Cultural Humility
  • Guiding Principles
  • Conducting Initial Client Interviews and Home
  • Visiting
  • Coaching
  • Care Management and Care Coordination

Course 3: Enhancing Professional Skills

  • Stress Management and Self Care
  • Conflict Resolution
  • CHW Professional Skills

Course 4: Applying Core Competencies to Key Health Issues

  • Introduction to Chronic Conditions
  • Management
  • Promoting Healthy Eating/Active Living
  • Exploring Trauma and Supporting Survivor
  • Recovery
  • Health Outreach

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