Virginia Social Work Continuing Education

Free State Social Work is approved as a continuing education provider by the Association of Social Work Boards Approved Continuing Education Program (provider #1235) and the National Board for Certified Counselors (provider #6605).  We are also approved by the Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board (provider 10-001) and the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling (CE Provider # 50-13565).

Does the Virginia Board accept courses from ASWB-approved providers?

Yes.

ASWB approved courses are considered Category 1.

How many hours can I earn with on-line courses?

There is no restriction on the number of hours that may be obtained on-line or in-person.  Our courses are considered Category 1.

For the 2018 renewal period, licensees are required to complete half of the normal CE hours: 15 CE hours for LCSWs and 7.5 CE hours for LSWs. A minimum of one of those hours must pertain to ethics or the standards of practice for the behavioral health professions or to laws governing the practice of social work in Virginia. CE must be obtained from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

For the 2019 renewal period, no CE hours will be due in 2019, but a renewal fee will be required prior to June 30, 2019.

For the 2020 renewal period, licensees are required to complete the full amount of CE hours: 30 CE hours for LCSWs and 15 CE hours for LSWs. A minimum of two (2) of those hours must pertain to ethics or the standards of practice for the behavioral health professions or to laws governing the practice of social work in Virginia. CE must be obtained from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2020.

Please remember that we have done our best to research your state’s licensing guidelines. Licensing regulations can change frequently including guidelines about how many hours you can earn on-line. Most jurisdictions require a certain number of hours in ethics and other areas of practice. The final authority for approving any continuing education activity rests with your state board. Even those states that endorse the ACE program may have exceptions in terms of the courses that they will accept. It is ultimately your responsibility to understand the licensing regulations in your state.

You can review Virginia social work continuing education requirements at http://www.dhp.virginia.gov/social/default.htm.

You can also contact the board at:
 Virginia Board of Social Work Perimeter Center 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300 Henrico, Virginia 23233; 804-367-4441; socialwork@dhp.virginia.gov.

All of our courses are $4 per credit hour.  To get started, you can browse our complete course catalog or use the category links on the right.

CEU?  Contact Hour?  Credit Hour?

Different jurisdictions have different definitions.  For some jurisdictions, the term CEU consists of ten credit hours.  At Free State Social Work, we offer continuing education credit hours and we estimate that each credit hour will require one hour of reading.

 

Free State Social Work, LLC, provider #1235, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Free State Social Work, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 9/6/2018 – 9/6/2021. Social Workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval.

Free State Social Work has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP NO. 6605. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. Free State Social Work is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.