New Jersey Social Work Continuing Education

Welcome New Jersey!

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 New Jersey Board accept courses from ASWB-approved continuing education providers?

All New Jersey social work continuing education courses need to be pre-approved individually.  At this time, the following courses have been pre-approved individually for New Jersey Social Workers:

New Jersey Approved Social and Cultural Competence Courses

New Jersey Approved Ethics Courses

New Jersey Approved Clinical Social Work Practice Courses

You must identify your state as New Jersey and include your license number in your account profile so that we can issue a certificate that meets licensing requirements in New Jersey. You can review your profile and update your state license information on your account profile page.  If you need help adding the state information to your profile or if you have any other questions, please contact us at

How many New Jersey Continuing Education Hours can I earn with on-line courses?

You can earn 40 out of 40 hours with on-line courses.

An LCSW shall complete a minimum of 40 credits of continuing education, of which at least 20 credits shall be in courses related to clinical practice and five credits must be related to ethics.  Three hours in the area of social and cultural competence is required.

An LSW shall complete a minimum of 30 credits of continuing education, five of which must be related to ethics.  Three hours in the area of social and cultural competence is required.

CSW shall complete a minimum of 20 credits of continuing education, five of which must be related to ethics.  Three hours in the area of social and cultural competence is required.

Additionally, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 45:15BB-11.1, all individuals licensed or certified by this Board must complete at least one credit of continuing education in topics concerning prescription opioid drugs. This requirement must be met beginning with the 2018-2020 licensing cycle and will continue for all subsequent licensing cycles.

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 New Jersey social work continuing education requirements at

You can find a list of approved CE courses for New Jersey on the ASWB website at

You can also contact the board at:
Board of Social Work Examiners
PO Box 45033
Newark, New Jersey 07101

New Jersey Social Work CEUs?  New Jersey Social Work 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.


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), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Free State Social Work, LLC maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 9/6/2021 – 9/6/2024. 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.