Continuing education (CE) requirements for Maryland social workers:
LCSW: Must take forty (40) credit hours of CE every 2 years, including three (3) Category I hours in ethics. At least twenty (20) of the forty (40) credits must be earned in Category I. All forty (40) credits can be earned in Category I. Ethics must be earned in live programs, including online programs that are live and facilitate interaction between the instructor and the learner.
LCSWs can earn up to twenty (20) credit hours of CE in Category II. Home-study, audiovisual and online courses provided by an approved sponsor are considered Category II activities.
LBSW: Must take thirty (30) credit hours every 2 years, including three (30) Category I hours in ethics. At least fifteen (15) of the thirty (30) credits must be earned in Category I. Ethics must be earned in live programs or interactive online programs.
LBSWs can earn up to fifteen (15) credit hours in Category II. Home-study, audiovisual and online courses provided by an approved sponsor are considered Category II activities.
Category I: Category I courses are those given by Board authorized sponsors such as ASWB. These include live programs such as conferences and workshops.
Category II: Category II activities are less structured and include home study and online courses.
The Board accepts courses from ASWB approved providers. Our co-sponsor, Amedco, LLC, is an ASWB approved provider (provider #1346).
Renewal date: October 31 every 2 years
LCSWs in Maryland can earn twenty (20) of their CE credits online through athealth.com, and LBSWs can earn fifteen (15) of their CE credits online through athealth.com. View the athealth.com course catalog
State laws can change. Practitioners are responsible for determining their state’s licensure requirements. To view the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners continuing education regulations, go to http://dhmh.maryland.gov/bswe/SitePages/Continuing_ed.aspx
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