Continuing Education

Update on continuing education and provider approval requirements

Exception to the limitation on the number of continuing education hours that can be completed through self-study courses | Conditional approval of social work continuing education providers | Additional information regarding the social work continuing education requirement

Exception to the limitation on the number of continuing education hours that can be completed through self-study courses

As of January 1, 2015, all LMSWs and LCSWs must complete 36 hours of continuing education in each 3-year registration period. Of these 36 hours of continuing education, only 12 hours can be completed through self-study courses that are structured study, offered by a New York State Education Department (Department) approved provider that are based on audio, audio-visual, written, online and other media. Self-study courses do not include live instruction (transmitted in person or otherwise) during which the student may communicate and interact with the instructor or other students. However, to assist licensees, who will register between January 1, 2015 and January 1, 2016, in complying with the continuing education requirement during the phase-in period, the Department will allow them to complete 100 percent of their required continuing education through self-study activities that are taken from a provider conditionally approved or approved by the Department. This exception only applies to licensees that register between January 1, 2015 and January 1, 2016.

Please be advised that the Social Work website provides an up-to-date listing of Department-approved providers, which includes entities, organizations and agencies that offer traditional, in-person classes, as well as live online webinars and self-study activities.


Additional information regarding the social work continuing education requirement

For additional information regarding the social work continuing education requirement, please use one of the links above.

If your question is not answered on the website, please email it to swbd@nysed.gov.

Last Updated: December 7, 2020