Washington Social Workers CE Requirements, Accreditations & Approvals

Washington 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 Washington State Department of Health Office of the Professions: Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Social Workers Advisory Committee accepts courses from any provider who is ASWB approved.

Continuing Education Requirement

Attention Washington Social Workers: The Secretary of Health has extended health profession license expiration dates for licenses up for renewal between April 1 and September 30, 2020. This extension will allow health professionals to focus on patient care and promote continued patient safety during the COVID-19 outbreak. Because renewal payment won’t be required until September 30, 2020, it will also reduce the economic burden on those providers not able to work during this emergency. For more information, please visit: https://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate.

The Washington State Department of Health Office of the Professions accepts NetCE courses.

LICSWs, LSWAs, CSWs, SWIs, and SWAs are required 36 hours every two years, 26 of which may be completed by distance learning.*

A minimum of 6 of the 30 hours must be in professional ethics and law every two years. A 6-hour course on suicide assessment, treatment and management must be completed every six years. There is a one-time requirement for 4 hours of HIV/AIDS training.

*NetCE courses are considered distance learning.

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Please contact the Washington State Department of Health Office of the Professions: Mental Health Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Social Workers Advisory Committee at (360) 236-4700 http://www.doh.wa.gov/LicensesPermitsandCertificates/ProfessionsNewReneworUpdate/MentalHealthProfessions.aspx for additional information regarding your continuing education.