CCHW Recertification & Tiers

Recertification for SC-Certified CHWs

South Carolina Certified Community Health Workers must accrue 24 continuing education units every 2 years as a Recertification requirement; at least 12 of those hours must be CHW CEUs

CHW CEUs may be earned by attending SCCHWA events, like the Annual Conference, Quarterly Meetings, SE CHW CoLab, and SE CHW Network's Annual Summit.

Up to 2 Service CEUs per year may come for activities CHWs to support other Community Health Workers, organizations, and SCCHWA.

South Carolina Community Health Workers certified before January 1, 2021, need to be recertified by December 31, 2024. And you may submit CEUs gained since July 1, 2022.

All others must apply for recertification by their certification's expiration date, years from the date of their Core Competency Certification.

A new application must be submitted for each course or service activity.

Recertification Application 

One you have meet all of the requirements, you may submit an application for Recertification.

Continuing Education Units & Specialty Tracks

You can earn continuing education units (CEUs) through SCCHWA events and trainings. See our upcoming events on our calendar.

Submit CEUs Here

Interested in providing CEUs and Specialty Track Courses for SC Community Health Workers?
Learn more CEUs here or Specialty Tracks here.

Tiered Certification

Responding to SCCHWA members' desire to "grow in our profession while remaining in our profession, the South Carolina Community Health Worker Credentialing Council and the South Carolina Health Worker Association approved Tiered Community Health Worker Certification.


Certified Community Health Worker II, CCHW II
  • Minimum of 4 Years working in the field
  • Bi-Annual SCCHWA Recertification (24 hrs every two years)
  • Successful Completion of a minimum of 4 CHW Specialty Tracks
  • Demonstration of at least one year in CHW leadership (CHW ambassador, SCCHWA board, active involvement in SCCHWA workgroup, active involvement in CHW regional or national committee or initiative, CHW Preceptor, CHW supervisor, CHW program leadership or program development at organizational level)
  • Updated profile on the SCCHWA.org Member Compass
  • Submit Application & Processing Fee

 Certified Community Health Worker III, CCHW III
  • Minimum of 8 Years working the field
  • Bi-Annual SCCHWA Recertification (24 hrs every two years)
  • Successful Completion of a minimum of 6 CHW Specialty Tracks
  • Demonstration of at least two years in CHW leadership (CHW ambassador, SCCHWA board, active involvement in SCCHWA workgroup, active involvement in CHW regional or national committee or initiative, CHW Preceptor, CHW supervisor, CHW program leadership or program development at organizational level)
  • Updated profile on the SCCHWA.org Member Compass
  • Submit Application & Processing Fee

Legacy Tiered Certification

Certified Community Health Workers who have worked in the field for a minimum of 4 years may apply to be a Certified Community Health Worker II through the Legacy Process. Certified Community Health Workers who have worked in the field for a minimum of 8 years may apply to be a Certified Community Health Worker III.


Legacy Requirements

CCHW II

Certified CHWs who have been active in the field for the equivalent of at least 4 full-time years and for at least 1 year in CHW leadership, may apply to the SCCHWCC to be legacy certified at Level II. The documents that should be submitted include:

  • Documentation of CHW Certification. Certification may have been acquired in another state, in which case the Subcommittee will review the core competencies included in the certification training program and determine if the certification requirements align with those of South Carolina and can be accepted.
  • Evidence of 4 full-time years (or the equivalent in hours) of work or volunteer experience, such as job descriptions, volunteer service descriptions and/or resume/CVs. Letters from a supervisor at a work or volunteer experience can be submitted, with a detailed description of the hours served and scope of work included. If organization does not exist anymore, evidence of closure and a description of the scope, hours worked and dates can be submitted.
  • Evidence of at least 1 year of CHW leadership experience, which may include as a CHW ambassador, SCCHWA board member, active involvement in SCCHWA workgroup, active involvement in CHW regional or national committee or initiative, CHW Preceptor, CHW supervisor, CHW program leadership or program development at an organizational level, or an equivalent.
  • A professional recommendation from a current or previous supervisor, or partner the CHW has worked with as a CHW, attesting to the CHW’s ability to perform at an advanced level.
  • Any other documentation requested by the SCCHWCC
  • A one-time processing fee of $25

CCHW III

Certified CHWs who have been active in the field for the equivalent of at least 8 full-time years and for at least 2 years in CHW leadership, may apply to the SCCHWCC to be certified at Level III

  • Documentation of CHW Certification. Certification may have been acquired in another state, in which case the Subcommittee will review the core competencies included in the certification training program and determine if the certification requirements align with those of South Carolina and can be accepted.
  • Evidence of 8 full time years (or the equivalent in hours) of CHW work or volunteer experience, such as job descriptions, volunteer service descriptions and/or resume/CVs. Letters from a supervisor at a work or volunteer experience can be submitted, with a detailed description of the hours served and scope of work included. If organization does not exist anymore, evidence of closure and a description of the scope, hours worked and dates can be submitted.
  • Evidence of at least 2 years of CHW leadership experience, which may include as a CHW ambassador, SCCHWA board member, active involvement in SCCHWA workgroup, active involvement in CHW regional or national committee or initiative, CHW Preceptor, CHW supervisor, CHW program leadership or program development at organizational level, or an equivalent.
  • A professional recommendation from a current or previous supervisor, or partner the CHW has worked with as a CHW, attesting to the CHW’s ability to perform at an advanced level.
  • Any other documentation requested by the SCCHWCC
  • A one-time processing fee of $25