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 Dentists: On May 12, 2020, Governor Lee signed Executive Order 36 to extend the current expiration dates for health care professionals to renew their license, certificate, or registration set to expire between March 12, 2020 and May 31, 2020, during which time the holder of each license, certification, or registration may continue to legally operate or practice their profession. Any renewal application received by the Tennessee Department of Health by August 31, 2020, shall be accepted as timely, and when each license, certificate, or registration is renewed, its new expiration date shall be twenty-four months after the expiration date it had prior to this Order.

Additionally, the requirement that individuals complete or submit proof of completing continuing education requirements or otherwise demonstrate continuing competence as a condition of reinstating a license, certification, or registration, has been suspended. The Commissioner of Health shall reasonably extend the deadline for these requirements as necessary to respond to the effects of COVID-19. For more information, please visit https://sos.tn.gov/products/division-publications/executive-orders-governor-bill-lee.

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.