If you’re a social worker, have you ever stopped to consider the importance of social work continuing education? If you haven’t, it’s about time you did. Almost every state in the US has strong requirements for courses and rules that help you renew your license yearly. The requirements vary in types of courses and the hours needed to complete them.
But who do you think is responsible for meeting those requirements?
Here’s the answer in a nutshell – you are.
Just how does one find out about these courses, what the requirements are for each jurisdiction and if there are any rule changes? The ASWB, or The Association of Social Work Continuing Education (ACE) program is just what you need to aim you in the right direction.
One of their goals is the development of your profession in every way possible. They are indeed a trusted name in continuing education for social workers.
Each topic available, plus many more, will always have a superb amount of courses for you to ponder and engage in.
In this day of technology, it’s good to know that many, if not all, of these courses can be taken online right in the comfort of your own home. No need to track down a school or spend time away from your family. Gas prices too high? You won’t even need to back your car out of the garage. Just sit down, at your convenience, and take each course and watch it count toward your license renewal requirements.
If you have any questions, no matter how big or small, you can contact the ASWB by going to their website. You can find out basic information on social work continuing education requirements as well as basic advice.
You may also be wondering about how many CE hours you should be getting? This varies from board to board and my best advice is for you to contact your local board to find out what they require.
Also, some people wonder if they end up with more than one license in several jurisdictions, can their CE hours count toward the fulfillment of their licensing requirements? Well, honestly, each jurisdiction must answer that question for you.
Most likely there will be some “overlapping” but the hours needed and courses that are accepted may differ. Check with your board to be sure what your jurisdiction requires.
I’m sure you can see how vital continuing education in social work can be and also how different the requirements are. Your local board will help you get it all straightened out.