Explore our Community Health Worker Certificate

Our Community Health Worker Certificate targets non-degreed, front-line community health workers who serve as home visitors, family support workers, resource workers, peer counselors, public health aides, family advocates and outreach workers. The Human Services Program is a Single-Source Provider with the Florida Certification Board (FCB).

This academic program prepares you for the following careers. All job data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Healthcare Support Workers, All Other

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Social and Human Service Assistants

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FEATURES of the Certificate

  • Gives you the skills necessary to promote, foster and support healthy, well-functioning families
  • Takes less than two terms to complete
  • Transfers to our A.S. in Human Services

SKILLS you learn in SPC's Community Health Worker Certificate

  • Human development stages
  • Community outreach practices
  • Strategies for facilitating healthy families and communities
  • Best practices

Community Health Worker Certificate Certificate with Financial Aid Eligibility


Effective Beginning Catalog Term: Fall 2021 (595)

The requirements shown below are valid beginning Fall 2021 (595), and may not reflect degree requirements for current students. Current students should visit My SPC and view My Learning Plan to see specific degree requirements for their effective term.

Program Leadership Information

Dr. Joseph Smiley
Dean, Social/Behavioral Science & Human Services

Program Summary

The CHW Section of the APHA (American Public Health Association) has adopted the following definition of a community health worker: A community health worker is a frontline public health worker who is a trusted member of and/or has an unusually close understanding of the community served. This trusting relationship enables the worker to serve as a liaison/link/intermediary between health/social services and the community to facilitate access to services and improve the quality and cultural competence of service delivery.

A community health worker also builds individual and community capacity by increasing health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as outreach, community education, informal counseling, social support and advocacy.

The Human Services Program is a Single-Source Provider with the Florida Certification Board (FCB). The coursework in this Certificate satisfies the educational requirements for the Certified Community Health Worker (CCHW) examination. There are additional requirements to quality for this examination (i.e., work experience). See the FCB website for details www.flcertificationboard.org

These courses will apply toward the A.S. degree in Social and Human Services.

The Academic Pathway is a tool for students that lists the following items:
o the recommended order in which to take the program courses
o suggested course when more than one option exists
o which semester each course is typically offered
o if the course has a prerequisite
o courses that may lead to a certificate (if offered in the program)

If you are starting the program this term, click here to access the recommended Academic Pathway.

If you have already started the program, click here for the archived Academic Pathways.

Please verify the Academic Pathway lists your correct starting semester.

Florida CIP Code

0451150400: Community Health Worker

Federal CIP Code

51.1599: Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other.

Job Related Opportunities

  • Community Health Worker
  • Healthy Start Worker
  • Community Health Advisors
  • Migrant Workers
  • Health Workers/Liaisons
  • Promotores de Salud

Graduation Rules

Grade of "C" or higher is required in all courses.

Grade of "C" or higher is required in all courses.

HUS 1111 Introduction to Intra and Inter-Personal Processes 3
HUS 1353 Issues in Community Health Services 3
HUS 2540 Building Stronger Families and Communities 3
HUS 2550 Social Services and the Disenfranchised 3
HUS 2949 Co-op Work Experience in Human Services 3
HUS 2541 Working with Families in the Early Childhood Period 3
HUS 2542 Working with Families in the Perinatal Period 3
Total Credits 18


SPC's Community Health Worker Certificate at SPC meets the educational requirements and prepares you for the Certified Community Health Worker (CCHW) examination.


This certificate transfers to our Social and Human Services Associate in Science Degree. The A.S. degree transfers to our bachelor's degree in Health Services Administration.

We also offer continuing education for health professionals.

Community Health Worker Certificate