Tennessee Social Workers CE Requirements, Accreditations & Approvals

Tennessee 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. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. NetCE maintains responsibility for this course.

The Tennessee Board of Social Work Certification and Licensure accepts NetCE courses are acceptable per rule 1365-01-.09.

Continuing Education Requirement

Attention Tennessee Social Workers: The Commissioner has been designated the authority through Executive Order 50, and through incorporation into later Orders, to waive in-person/live continuing education requirements. For the audit of continuing education credits/hours required to be obtained in any period that encompasses the calendar year of 2020 or 2021, all continuing education credits/hours that are obtained through non in-person/live methods during 2020 or 2021 will be accepted as proof of completing any continuing education requirements that are a condition of renewing and reinstating a license, certification or registration. The Commissioner will not audit the in-person or live event component for hours obtained during this time.

Beginning January 1, 2022, any continuing education credits/hours taken in calendar year 2022 must be obtained as required by each individual profession's rule. For boards requiring in-person/live credits/hours, the 2021/2022 audit cycle will include review for that requirement unless all hours for the 2021/2022 cycle were obtained in 2021. For more information, please visit https://www.tn.gov/content/dam/tn/health/healthprofboards/Policy-on-Continuing-Education.pdf.

The Tennessee Board of Social Work accepts NetCE courses.

LBSWs are required 9 hours each calendar year;

  • Four (4) of the nine (9) hours shall be in social work.
  • Three (3) of the nine (9) hours shall be in professional ethics.
  • Two (2) of the nine (9) hours shall be in either social work or professional ethics.
  • Those licensees who hold more than one (1) category of licensure to practice social work must separately satisfy the continuing education requirements for each level of licensure.

LMSWs are required 12 hours each calendar year;

  • Seven (7) of the twelve (12) hours shall be in social work.
  • Three (3) of the twelve (12) hours shall be in professional ethics.
  • Two (2) of the twelve (12) hours shall be in either social work or professional ethics.
  • Those licensees who hold more than one (1) category of licensure to practice social work must separately satisfy the continuing education requirements for each level of licensure.

LCSWs and LAPSWs are required 15 hours each calendar year;

  • Ten (10) of the fifteen (15) hours shall be in social work.
  • Three (3) of the fifteen (15) hours shall be in professional ethics.
  • Two (2) of the fifteen (15) hours shall be in either social work or professional ethics.
  • Those licensees who hold more than one (1) category of licensure to practice social work must separately satisfy the continuing education requirements for each level of licensure.

Licensed social workers with supervisory authority must meet a one-time or cumulative requirement of 6 hours in clinical or advanced generalist non-clinical social work supervision.


*NetCE courses are considered multi-media. A maximum of two-thirds (2/3) of a licensee’s credit hours may completed by multi-media courses.

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Please contact the Tennessee Board of Social Work Certification and Licensure at (615) 532-3202 or https://www.tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/health-professional-boards/sw-board/sw-board/continuing-education.html for additional information regarding your continuing education.