Community Health Worker Training Program: Apprenticeship Information for Community Health Workers (CHWs)

Who can be a CHW Apprentice at a Registered Apprenticeship? 

You are eligible to be an apprentice at an apprenticeship registered with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry if you are a CHW Certificate holder or if you are in your last semester of the CHW Certificate Program at any of the accredited Minnesota schools who offer the certificate program.  

How do I become an apprentice?  

Employers who have established a registered apprenticeship program through the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry choose their own apprentices. For a list of employers who have established or are starting apprenticeship programs, contact  

What are the benefits of being an apprentice?  

The Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry has requirements that employers who operate apprenticeships must follow. These include: 

  • Employers determine wage and must provide benefits to apprentices  
  • Wage must increase with training and education hours and at the end of the 12-month program be a living wage as determined by MN Department of Labor and Industry (adjusted by region/ area of employment) 
  • Apprentices must be employed full time (at least 32 hours per week) 
  • Employers must provide safety training (at least 50 hours) 
  • Minimum of 144 hours of relevant educational instruction must be provided (this can include the CHW Certificate Program at an accredited institution) 
  • On-site mentor who will guide apprentices through the training and education.  
  • At the end of the apprenticeship experience (1 year), apprentices will have a nationally recognized credential, and will stay on as an employee of the organization  

What will the Community Health Worker Training Program (CHWTP) do to enhance the apprenticeship experience?  

  • Minnesota Community Health Worker Alliance staff can help connect you with apprenticeship sites and other employment opportunities 
  • MNCHWA staff will connect with both you and your employer over the apprenticeship period to check-in 
  • You may apply for a $7500 stipend paid for by the grant  

Interested in participating?   

Contact Vonyee Howard at