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Social Worker (BSW)

Community Health Worker (CHW)

Social Worker (BSW)

Position Summary

A CHW 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. [1]

Educator, advocate, counselor, case manager, and research. [6] Juvenile court Liaison, Probation officer, and human services specialist. [7]

Training and Prerequisites

  • Completion of an approved CHW Training Program by the SD Department of Social Services. [2]
  • The CHW Agency process will include the process utilized to hire individuals qualified to act as a CHW following certification that the individual has completed the Indian Health Service Community Health Representative basic training, a CHW program approved by the South Dakota Board of Technical Education or the South Dakota Board of Regents, or a CHW training program approved by the State. [3]
  • Pass designated ASWB exam. [6]
  • Complete at least Bachelor of Social Work (BSW). 
  • High school diploma or GED before BSW. [7]


No certificate or license is required in SD.

Obtain one of four licenses:

             1. Social Work Associate (SWA)

             2. Social Worker (SW)

             3. Certified Social Worker (CSW)

             4. Certified Social Worker in Private or Independent Practice (CSW-PIP)

Board of Social Work Examiners. [6]

Typical Supervisors

CHWs are primarily supervised by a clinic manager, nursing manager, or other organizational manager. [5]

Supervised by MSW. [9]

Median Hourly Wage (National)


  • Community Health Worker (CHW) – $19.41
  • Social Worker (BSW) – $24.26