FAQ's on Continuing Education Requirements

  1. Does the Board keep a list of approved continuing education programs and sponsors?
  2. What if a Board Authorized Sponsor reviews and approves a program of an “unapproved” sponsor?
  3. Do I still need to obtain 40 (30 for LSWA) continuing education credit units if I am a newly licensed social worker?
  4. Can a licensee carry over credit units into the next renewal cycle?
  5. If I am unable to meet the Continuing Education requirements, how do I ask for an extension of time?
  6. Under the continuing education regulations which went into effect on March 22, 2010, can a licensed social worker obtain credit units for providing or receiving supervision or case consultation?
  7. Can I earn credit units for offering an approved face-to-face program?
  8. Can I receive continuing education credit units for courses related to learning American Sign Language or spoken languages when English is a second language for my clients?
  9. Can I receive continuing education credit units for the following courses?
  10. How long should a licensee keep his/her continuing education documentation?


 1. Does the Board keep a list of approved continuing education programs and sponsors?

The Board does not keep a list of approved programs. However, the Board does maintain a list of approved sponsors, which you can access by going to the CEU Tab on the Website and then on the right hand side, locate and click on Authorized Sponsors.

2. What if a Board Authorized Sponsor reviews and approves a program of an “unapproved” sponsor?

Category I credit can be earned in this situation if the Board Authorized Sponsor takes responsibility for the program, places their name on the certificate of participation and indicates that they co-sponsored the program.

3. Do I still need to obtain 40 (30 for LSWA) continuing education credit units if I am a newly licensed social worker?

Yes. All licensed social workers must have obtained the required continuing education credit units before they can renew their license. A newly licensed social worker can earn credit units from the date the license was issued until the expiration date. A social worker renewing a license for a second time, or more, must obtain the credit units from November 1st to October 31st during the two year renewal cycle.

4. Can a licensee carry over credit units into the next renewal cycle?

No.

5. If I am unable to meet the Continuing Education requirements, how do I ask for an extension of time?

COMAR 10.42.06.08 Extension of Time outlines the request process. The written request must be filed by October 1st of the renewal year. The request must also include the reason(s) for the extension along with proper documentation

6. Under the continuing education regulations which went into effect on March 22, 2010, can a licensed social worker obtain credit units for providing or receiving supervision or case consultation?

No. A licensed social worker cannot obtain credit units for providing or receiving supervision or case consultation. However, COMAR 10.42.06.04.E.(1) describes structured peer-case conferences among LCSWs and LCSW-Cs as an approved Category II activity

7. Can I earn credit units for offering an approved face-to-face program?

Yes, a licensee can earn up to 12 Category II credit units for preparing and presenting Approved face-to-face programs (see COMAR 10.42.06.04.E.(3)).

8. Can I receive continuing education credit units for courses related to learning American Sign Language or spoken languages when English is a second language for my clients?

Yes. A maximum of 6 Category II credit units may be earned by taking foreign or sign language courses intended to enhance the delivery of social work services (see COMAR 10.42.06.04.E.(8)).

9. Can I receive continuing education credit units for the following courses?

  • Computer Software
  • Workplace policy and procedure
  • First Aid, CPR
  • Self-improvement
  • Personal growth
  • Yoga

 

No. The objectives of the continuing education requirements include: maintenance and enhancement of professional competence, ongoing improvement of professional skills and knowledge, and enrichment of social work services provided to the citizens of Maryland.

10. How long should a licensee keep his/her continuing education documentation?

Three years after the renewal cycle. The continuing education regulations also require that continuing education documentation be kept for:

  • Two (2) years when a license is on inactive status and
  • Two (2) years if the license expired

 

These time frames are required in case the social worker wishes to request reactivation or reinstatement status.


Updated 09/20/2017