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Education & Training

Pennsylvania State Accredited Training
AHEC CHW Training Course


The Pennsylvania Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) are an accredited Community Health Worker training organization through the Pennsylvania Certification Board. AHEC training programs are 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!