Work Continuing Education (SWCE) has been defined
as those formalized activities that are directed
at developing and enhancing an individual's social
work knowledge base and service delivery skills
in the applicable areas of social planning, administration,
education, research or direct service with individuals,
couples, families, and groups. These activities
may include short academic courses, audit courses
in colleges and universities, independent study,
internet courses, workshops, seminars, conferences,
and lectures oriented toward enhancement of social
work practice, values, skills, and knowledge.
SWCE Credit Hour represents one clock hour (60 minutes)
of a SWCE activity. A credit hour represents actual
time in the SWCE activity. For example, a workshop
that begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:00 p.m. with
a one-hour lunch break would provide 5 credit hours
for the participants.
Education Units are generally offered by colleges
or universities at the rate of one CEU for each
ten clock hours of instruction. A licensee receiving
2 CEU's would then have completed 20 SWCE credit
Credit Hour: One academic credit hour is equivalent
to fifteen (15) clock hours for the purpose of license
renewal. Credit for auditing an academic course
will be for the actual number of clock hours in
attendance, not to exceed the academic credit.
licensee is required to complete 48 credit hours
of SWCE during each two-year licensure period. Of
the 48 hours, a minimum of three hours must be in
may be documented on the form for reporting continuing
education supplied by the Board or any other form
provided the same information is presented. A typed
or computerized list of training that is kept by
the social worker's employer is acceptable for documentation.
The list must include the same information as the
form for reporting SWCE and the employer's name,
address and phone number. The licensee and the licensee's
supervisor or employer must sign the list certifying
that the social worker was in attendance at all
of the sessions listed.
Documentation of the SWCE must be maintained by
the licensee for a period of two years following
the renewal date. A summary sheet will be mailed
to the licensee with the notice of license renewal.
The licensee must complete the summary sheet, sign
it certifying his/her attendance at the workshops
listed and return it to the Board with the renewal
fee and application.
each renewal period, the Board will, in its discretion,
audit a percentage of the renewal applications to
ensure that the continuing education requirement
has been met. Each licensee audited will be required
to provide documentation of all the continuing education
workshops listed on his/her summary sheet.
Examples of Acceptable Social Work Continuing Education
workshops, or mini-courses oriented to the enhancement
of social work practice, values, skills and knowledge
a. Cross disciplinary offerings from medicine,
law, administration, education and the behavioral
sciences are acceptable if they are clearly related
to the enhancement of social work practices, values,
skills and knowledge.
b. Clock hour credit will be given for the
actual number of hours in attendance.
c. In-service training can be provided by
the employer using presenters from the staff or
from outside agencies.
d. Training specifically related to policies
and procedures of an agency may not be counted.
social work courses or social work related courses
such as mental health, administration, health and
social research, psychology, sociology, human growth
and development, child and family development, counseling
and guidance taken for credit or audited
a. An official transcript may be used to
verify courses taken for credit. One academic credit
hour is equivalent to fifteen (15) clock hours for
the purpose of license renewal. Credit for auditing
will be for actual clock hours in attendance, not
to exceed the academic credit.
for the first time of an academic social work course,
in-service training workshop or seminar, or other
a. A copy of the course syllabus and verification
that the course, workshop or seminar was presented
may be used as documentation. The actual number
of hours of presentation plus an equal number of
hours for preparation will be allowed. A maximum
of ten (10) clock hours will be allowed for preparation
and presentation during each two-year licensure
for the first time of a professional social work
paper published in a recognized professional journal
or given for the first time at a statewide or national
a. A copy of the paper and verification of
publication or presentation at a professional meeting
must be submitted to the Board for evaluation and
certification of the number of hours of credit to
be allowed. A maximum of ten (10) clock hours will
be allowed during each two-year licensure period.
home studies/internet courses that are directed
at developing and enhancing the licensee's knowledge
base and service delivery skills in the applicable
areas of social planning, administration, education,
research or direct service with individuals, couples,
families and groups. A maximum of twenty (20) clock
hours will be allowed during each two-year licensure
D. The Board does not have the capacity to
preapprove all continuing education workshops. It
is the licensee's responsibility, using his/her professional
judgment, to determine the workshops that are applicable
and appropriate to his/her professional development
as a social worker.
If a licensee submits documentation for training
that is not clearly identifiable as SWCE, the Board
will request a written description of the training
and how it applies to the individual's professional
development as a social worker. If the Board determines
that the training cannot be considered SWCE, the
individual will be given three months to replace
the hours not allowed. Those hours will be considered
replacement hours and cannot be counted during the
next licensure period.
Continuing education hours that are clearly not
social work related will be unacceptable and the
individual will not be given time to replace those
If credit is not given for the SWCE submitted, the
licensee may request a hearing before the Board.
Extenuating circumstances that prevent licensees
from completing the continuing education requirement
will be reviewed on an individual basis.