The Board does not keep a list of approved programs. However, the Board does maintain a list of authorized sponsors, which you can access by going to the CE Tab on the Website and then on the right-hand side, locate and click on Authorized Sponsors.
Category I or Category II CEUs can be earned in this situation if the Board Authorized Sponsor maintains full responsibility for the program, places their name on the sponsor's certificate of attendance and indicates that they co-sponsored the program.
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.
COMAR 10.42.06.10 Extension of Time outlines the request process. The written request must be submitted by October 1st of the renewal year. The request must also include the reason(s) for the extension, supporting documentation, and copies of CE certificates already earned.
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.
Yes, a licensee can earn up to 12 Category II credit
units for preparing and presenting approved face-to-face programs (see
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
No. The objective 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.
The following learning activity list is not inclusive as CE learning activities are continually changing and evolving (posted on CE webpage).
- Animal Therapy*
- Burn Out
- Compassion Fatigue*
- Computer Software Training
- Consultation - Staff, Peer, Intern, Other
- Conversion Therapy
- CPR/First Aid
- Eye Movement Integration Therapy
- Group Supervision
- Holistic Therapies - Acupuncture
- License Exam Preparation (Test Strategies/Study Skills)
- Nature Based*
- Personal Growth
- Polyvagal Theory
- Sandplay/Sandtray Therapy*
- Self Development
- Tai Chi
- Workplace Administration Policy and Procedure
* Continuing Education staff will review upon request on a case by case basis
Updated on 11/01/2021
Three years after the licensing renewal date.
For expired or inactive licenses, please refer to COMAR 10.42.06.06 E.
These time frames are required in case the social worker wishes to request reactivation or reinstatement status.
No. You can only earn credit units for a Board Approved course in supervision under Category I or Category II.
As of May 1, 2019, the Board of Social Work Examiners (Board) ended the Provisional Sponsorship Program and no longer accepts new applications to become a Board Authorized Sponsor. If your agency/organization is interested in providing continuing education learning activities to Maryland licensed social workers, please contact state, regional or national social work associations including but not limited to the Approved Continuing Education Program (ACE) at the Association of Social Work Boards, and the National Association of Social Workers (National Program) to become an Approved Provider. Additional consideration may be to explore other state social work licensing boards and non-social work organizations which provide programs relevant to the professional development of social workers.