Iowa Social Workers CE Requirements, Accreditations & Approvals

Iowa Social Workers

As a Jointly Accredited Organization, NetCE is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved under this program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit.

The Iowa Board of Social Work accepts courses from any provider who is ASWB approved.

Continuing Education Requirement

The Iowa Board of Social Work accepts NetCE courses.

LBSW, LISW, and LMSW are required 27 hours every two years, all of which may be completed by independent study.* A minimum of 3 of the 27 hours must be in ethics every two years.

LISW in supervisory roles are required 3 hours on the topic of supervision every two years. Effective October 1, 2020, supervisors are required 6 hours in counseling supervision to meet the supervised clinical experience requirement, one time only.

All licensees who are mandatory reporters are required 2 hours in identifying and reporting abuse of children and/or 2 hours in identifying and reporting abuse of dependent adults, unless exempt. For all subsequent renewals, licensees are required 1 hour of recertification training (for each course) every three years.**

* NetCE courses are considered independent study.

** The initial 2 hours must be completed within the first six months of employment/self-employment, and the 1-hour recertification course will be available in 2022. All mandatory reporter training may only be completed through the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services. See training here:

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Please contact the Iowa Board of Social Work at (515) 281-0254, or refer to and for additional information regarding your continuing education.