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Guidelines for Acceptable Continuing Education

Acceptable Content

Continuing education course content must enhance the social worker’s professional competence and relate to:

  • Theories and concepts of human behavior and the social environment;
  • Social work knowledge and skills;
  • Social work research or practice evaluation;
  • Social work ethics; or
  • Cross-disciplinary courses directly relevant to social work practice or specialty.

Ethics Hours

Ethics training content should be specific to social work practice ethics, boundary issues, or behavioral health ethics.  Business ethics is NOT acceptable.  The required 2 contact hours of social work ethics may be earned by either face-to-face or self-study/distance learning methods.

Acceptable Forms of Trainings

Approved continuing education may include workshops, professional conferences, webinars, academic coursework, presentations by licensees.

Academic coursework related to social work practice/theory counts as one semester credit hour is equal to 15 contact hours.  Proof of completion is a copy of transcript showing grade earned in the course(s).  Also have a syllabus available to show ethics content if using the course for required ethics hours.

Face-to-Face Hours

Face-to-face contact hours include attendance in-person or online at a workshop, professional conference, or academic course. Participation in a live, inter-active workshop or academic course via the internet, IVN, Skype, Teams, YouTube, etc. is acceptable for face-to-face instruction.

Independent Learning Hours

Independent learning hours include webinars in which there is no live, real-time interaction with the instructor, viewing a pre-recorded training with completion of posttest, and home study courses.


Non-acceptable Content

Non-acceptable topics include, but are not limited to, those contrary to the code of ethics, as well as topics such as marketing, business, personal enrichment, time management, supervisory sessions, technology enhancement, staff orientation, agency or other meetings regarding procedural issues, CPR classes, safety, infection control, etc.