West Virginia Social Work Continuing Education

Covid-19 updates from social work boards can be found here:  https://www.aswb.org/regulatory-provisions.

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).  We are not approved by the WVBSWE.

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


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

The Board is suspending the rule requirement for face to face training and is allowing individuals to take twenty hours of online coursework to fulfill all the Category I course requirements.  This waiver applies to those with regular and provisional licenses.  This will not impact Category II Hours. As this rule suspension is a result of the Governor’s Proclamation of a State of Emergency on March 18, this is not a permanent waiver, but it will be in effect until at least September 30, 2020; the Board will reevalate the status of the waiver prior to that time.  It is important that you assure the class is approved for social work continuing education. Please check the online course requirements under the Continuing Education Requirements for Social Workers; a resource short listing of providers is also listed on that page.

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 West Virginia social work continuing education requirements at https://www.wvsocialworkboard.org/CE-Info/For-Social-Workers/Requirements.

You can also contact the board at:
State of West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners
PO Box 5459
Charleston, WV 25361

All of our courses are $5 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.