Education & Training

Pennsylvania State Accredited Training
AHEC 100-hour CHW Training Course


The Pennsylvania Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) are an accredited Community Health Worker training organization through the Pennsylvania Certification Board. AHEC regions offer a 100-hour training program designed to provide the core competencies needed for work in community-based and inpatient settings.  This training also provides comprehensive information about accessing healthcare and other social/community resources which are specific to the region in the training location site.  

To see when information sessions and training classes are being held in your regions and across the state, please visit Upcoming Info Sessions or CHW Training Classes. Or if you're unsure of which region you live in, visit Regions

This training program meet educational requirements and standards for CHW certification in Pennsylvania. Areas of focus of AHEC training courses include: 

  • Community Health Worker Introduction & History

  • Communication, Networking & Conflict

  • Boundaries

  • Personal Safety

  • Building and Maintaining Relationships

  • HIPAA Privacy Rule

  • Health Literacy


  • Documentation

  • Chronic Disease

  • Motivational Interviewing

  • Preventive Care

  • Benefits Check up

  • Becoming a Healthier You

  • Accident Prevention

  • Opioid Brief Intervention

  • Every Smoker, Every Time

Additional Modules

  • Mental Health First Aid

  • CPR/AED/First Aid

  • Mandated Reporter

  • Harm Reduction

Course Tuition & Schedules

Courses are being held continuously across Pennsylvania, some are in-person and some are offered virtually. Schedules and cost vary by AHEC region, please select the region below nearest to where you work to find out more about trainings in your part of the state. Click here to find the AHEC region in which you work. 

Scholarships that cover the cost of tuition are available!

Chronic Disease
Chronic Disease

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Covid-19 Response
Covid-19 Response

A CDC Initiative

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Trauma-Informed Care
Trauma-Informed Care

Implementation Resource Hub

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Chronic Disease
Chronic Disease

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Regions Holding CHW Info Sessions & Classes
(click region for more info)
Admission Criteria

You must be at least 18 years old and have a high school diploma or equivalent and a desire to serve others. Those wishing to take the course without a high school diploma or GED are welcome, though please be aware that without one of these degrees you will not be eligible for PA state CHW certification. 

COVID-19 Resources & Resilient Communities

The COVID Response & Resilient Communities (CCR) initiative builds upon the foundational knowledge and skills acquired through the AHEC 100-hour CHW training curriculum by deepening CHWs understanding of COVID-19 while taking a trauma-informed, compassionate approach to talking with and educating community members about the coronavirus and focusing on stress reduction and healthy coping strategies for CHWs as they do this vital work. 

COVID-19 CORE training sessions are 1.5 hours long and cover topics such as: 

  • Disease identification (acute and chronic symptoms, asymptomatic, risk factors for more significant outcomes)*

  • Isolation and quarantine procedures*

  • Testing methods - including PCR, rapid antigen, rapid PCR and home testing, specimen collection

  • Infection control

  • Vaccine options and availability

  • Vaccine hesitancy/confidence

  • Myths and misinformation

  • How to take and interpret a pulse ox reading

  • Special settings – long-term care, schools, child