CHW Training

About the Training

The Montana Community Health Worker (CHW) Fundamentals training provides the knowledge and skills necessary to become a Community Health Worker. The instructor-guided curriculum takes approximately seven weeks (85 hours) to complete and consists of four 15-hour Learning Modules and a 25-hour on-the-job Supervised Experience taken at the completion of the four Modules. Each Module contains written content, videos, application actitivies, case studies, and reflective journaling. An individual will gain skills in the following areas: professional skills & conduct; communication; self-care; interpersonal relationships; outreach, naviation & coordination; organization; advocacy; capacity building & teaching. The CHW training is facilitated by an instructor and provides a certificate upon completion.

*A trainee must be sponsored by an employer prior to beginning the training. 

Why Train Community Health Workers?

The roles of Community Health Workers are tailored to the communities that they serve. Generally, CHWs promote access to services, provide health education, support care delivery, and promote advocacy. Since CHWs are typically community members, they have strong community connections and greater opportunities to build relationships and extend the reach of healthcare services. Research consistently demonstrates that CHWs increase care outcomes and quality of care in rural populations. The training and retention of CHWs is essential for improving healthcare for rural Montanans.

How Can I Register?

CHW Curriculum is offered on a regional basis by the Area Health Education Centers (AHEC). Please register with the AHEC in your region by clicking on the links below. 


AHEC Regions 


Western Montana AHEC - MHA Academy

South Central Montana AHEC - MHA Academy

North Central Montana AHEC - MHA Academy

Eastern Montana AHEC - RiverStone Health

North Eastern Montana AHEC - Montana Health Network

Employer Information

An employer must formally sponsor a trainee prior to the start of the training. It is vital that the employer has the resources necessary for the trainee to meet the Supervised Experience required activities. The CHW "Manual for Supervised Experience" is available for sponsoring Facilities/Agencies, Instructors, and Preceptors. 

Important Links

Training Schedules: Coming Soon!

Frequently Asked Questions 

Community Health Worker Training Brochure 


Beth Ann Carter, Program Coordinator