Ohio Certification System

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Map of the United States with Ohio highlighted.CHW certification in Ohio is referred to as a “Certificate to Practice.”

The Ohio certification system:

  • Was established in 2003
  • Is administered by the Ohio Board of Nursing
  • No longer allows transfer from other states’ certification programs by endorsement
  • Requires citizenship or resident status, and a criminal background check
  • Includes a $35 application fee

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Ohio’s CHW certification program, established in 2003, was placed under the control of the Ohio Board of Nursing. CHW certification in Ohio is referred to as a “Certificate to Practice.” The Ohio system is similar to that of Texas, using completion of approved training as the basic qualification. At this writing, the state has only three approved training programs. Ohio originally provided for “reciprocity,” or transferability of CHW credentials from other states, but that provision was later repealed. Unlike the Texas system, the Ohio application for certification requires proof of citizenship or resident status. It also requires a criminal background check and a $35 application fee.