Texas Social Work Continuing Education

Welcome Texas Social Workers!

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 Texas Board accept courses from ASWB-approved continuing education providers?

Yes.  CE should be directly related to the practice of social work.  The Council does not pre-evaluate or pre-approve CE providers or hours.

Applicable Rule: 22 TAC 781.501

Licensed social workers (e.g., LBSW, LMSW, LCSW) are required to obtain a minimum of 30 hours of continuing education during each renewal period they hold a license.

At least 6 of the hours obtained must be in the area of professional ethics and social work values, with another 3 hours in cultural diversity or competency, and for supervisors, at least 6 of the hours must be in the area of supervision. These hours may be counted toward the total number of hours required.

Effective January 1, 2024, at least half of the 30 hours must be obtained from a provider listed in 781.501(f).

All licensees are required to undergo an HHSC approved human trafficking prevention training course as a condition of renewal, in accordance with Chapter 116 of the Occupations Code. Approved training courses can be found on the Health Care Practitioner Human Trafficking Training webpage.

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

Texas now informs us that Texas social workers can earn all 30 out of 30 hours with on-line courses.

How Can I Get Started?

All of our courses are $5.99 per credit hour.  We also offer an unlimited package. One year of unlimited courses is $74.99 and two years of unlimited courses are $124.99.  Click here for more information about how to get started or you can browse our complete course catalog.

Where Can I Review Texas Social Work Continuing Education Requirements?

You can review Texas social work continuing education requirements at https://www.bhec.texas.gov/online-license-renewal-system/index.html.

You can also contact the board at:
Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners
Texas Department of State Health Services
Mail code 1982
PO Box 149347
Austin, TX 78714-9347

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.

Does Free State Social Work offer Texas Social Work CEUs?  Trainings?  Contact Hours?  Credit Hours?

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.