Health navigator credentialing program

We implemented a voluntary credentialing process and registry to support the preparation, growth and sustainability of the unlicensed health navigator workforce in Colorado.

The credentialing program is based on competency statements that represent generalist entry-level core competencies for unlicensed health navigators as determined by the department in consultation with several advisory committees comprised of key members of the public. The competency statements describe the desired knowledge, skills and behaviors that enable health navigators to perform successfully in the practice setting. Training programs must teach to these competencies as part of becoming CDPHE-Recognized.

Entry-level competency statements


Get listed on the Colorado Health Navigator Registry

To earn a spot on the registry, navigators must meet the required two prerequisites:

  • Prerequisite 1: Complete a recognized training program - effective October 2018. Please check with your specific training program to ensure you have completed all required courses, as each program offers the coursework differently and some may offer the coursework across multiple in-person or online courses.

    •  After you have completed your training program's coursework, fill out the Colorado Health Navigator Registry Application and send a copy of your certificate(s) of completion to After your certificates have been verified, you will be included on a list of candidates who are ready to test. Candidates on this list will be sent information about upcoming assessments.
  • Prerequisite 2: Pass a competency assessment.

Apply to be a CDPHE-recognized training program

*The health care agency may not have used the title “health navigator”, however, the application must include verification of proficiency in the role and core competencies by the navigator’s supervisor or the agency’s human resources department.

Because the credentialing program is not required by law, the program does not prohibit non-credentialed health navigator training programs from operating or prohibit non-credentialed individuals from using the title health navigator. Individuals who hold a Colorado license in the health professions are not eligible for this program.