Continuing education programs must meet the Board's regulatory requirements for approval. The Board does not promote continuing education programs, nor does the Board endorse the content of any program that it approves.
Please note that the information provided below is not a substitute for the Continuing Education Requirements as described in the regulations. However, the information can be used as a guide for some of the areas in the regulations.
The current continuing education requirement is 40 credit hours (30 for LBSW's) of continuing education in programs and categories approved by the Board for each two-year period of licensure.
Category I credit can only be given by Board Authorized Sponsors. An organization can be a Board Authorized Sponsor by meeting the requirements for automatically authorized sponsorship. If an organization does not fall into the automatically authorized group, then they must complete an approval process through the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners. In addition, the Board recognizes and accepts the continuing education approval process conducted by the Association of Social Work Boards , the National Association of Social Workers and the Clinical Social Work Federation.
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.
The following sponsors are automatically authorized to sponsor Category I activities:
If you wish to review a list of approved providers and/or programs, you should review the information listed on the websites for ASWB and NASW, as well as the Authorized Sponsors page on this web site.
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A licensee can earn up to 20 (15 for LBSW's) Category II continuing education credit hours from home study programs. The home study program must be provided by a Board approved Category I sponsor or by an automatically eligible sponsor.
Effective November 1, 2017 all licensed social workers are required to obtain three (3) Category I or Category II continuing education units, every two years, in the content area focusing on ethics and professional conduct, including boundary issues. The program must be given by a Board Approved Sponsor.
The content area must be related to social work ethics and professional conduct which may include maintaining appropriate boundaries with clients and a review of the social work statute and Code of Ethics as it relates to conduct which is consistent with generally accepted professional standards. In addition, the content of the program may address issues related to avoiding dual relationships and the acceptance of gifts.
Since many mental health professionals require their licensees to take similar ethics programs, you may be receiving notices of programs offered by their national professional associations who are approved by the Board to provide Category I continuing education credit hours. It would be appropriate to participate in their programs.
Request for Extension of Time
Instructions and Application for CEU Sponsor Authorization
**Program Submission Form
Continuing Education Requirement
201 W. Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-2399
(410) 767-6500 or 1-877-463-3464