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Health Service Certification

Online • On-Demand

This certification provides Health Service Workers the opportunity to demonstrate a mastery of a comprehensive series of skills.


Specifically designed for the experienced Health Service Worker, this certification will systematically walk the participant through a comprehensive series of skills, providing opportunities to prove mastery of each skill. The compilation of this experience is a professional e-portfolio that the Health Service Worker may use as part of their professional development transcript.

Course Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Skill check, no instruction

Requirements/Prerequisites: None

Target Audience: Leadership and Management, Support Services

Completion Timeline/Duration: Four months

Meeting Times: Elective office hours offered weekly for additional support

Course Outline

Course Author



Tapping into nearly 50 years of experience, research, and advocacy work, The Academy Team at The National Head Start Association has used the highest standards to create this course to support the professional growth and development of Head Start and Early Head Start staff and leadership across the country.

Portfolio Grader

Jackie Rivera

Jackie Rivera

Jackie has been a Health Administrator at a Head Start in central Missouri for over 10 years and is a Certified Community Action Professional. Before becoming a nurse Jackie spent 10 years as an early childhood education teacher. Jackie oversees Health and Safety at her agency and is project manager for the agency's Childhood

Obesity and Diabetes Prevention Project and Women and Infant Relief Program. Jackie is a Licensed Practical Nurse, Child Development Associate, and Lactation Counselor. Jackie is certified to train in many topics such as Compassion Fatigue, CPR/First Aid Motivational Interviewing, I Am Moving, I Am Learning, Family Wellness, Infant Massage, Mind In The Making, and Experiential Facilitation. Jackie has had the honor of being named for a National Child Plus Community Service Award and received MOCAN Healthcare Profession Award.

Registration Rates

Regular Rate: $2,995

NHSA Member Rate: $1,195

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  • Online, Self Paced Coursework
  • Live Office Hours
  • Digital Badge
  • Certificate of Completion
  • An exclusive in-person session at NHSA’s National Head Start Conference in April will be offered for candidates who are awarded the certification.

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