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Continuing Education Information

Continuing Education Information

On May 2, 2014, the Board approved a Position Statement on Continuing Education. This statement is updated periodically to reflect changes to standards set forth in the Administrative Code. Please click here to view that document.

In accordance with North Carolina Administrative Code, Title 21, Chapter 63, Section .0401, “Continuing education for certification or licensure renewal is required to maintain professional knowledge and technical competency.”  The renewal cycle is defined as the certification or licensure period beginning with the date of issue or last renewal and ending with the date of expiration – usually two years. Click here for more information about renewal of your certificate/license.

LCSWA licensees are required to pass the clinical exam during the initial two year licensure period to be eligible for renewal of their LCSWA license. Failure to pass the clinical exam will require reapplication for a new LCSWA license which will not be issued until the exam requirement is satisfied.  All prior experience and supervision acquired under the expired license WILL NOT be carried over to the new LCSWA license.

The North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board (NCSWCLB) requires that continuing education requirements must be satisfied for maintaining all levels of credentialing, including Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associates (LCSWA, formerly P-LCSW).  However, LCSWA licensees whose renewal cycle is for less than two years may document continuing education on a pro-rated basis.


 Pro-rated Continuing Education for LCSWA Licensees:

**While the total number of continuing education hours can be pro-rated on a monthly basis, the ethics requirement is adjusted by quarter cycles; therefore, a minimum of at least 1 hours of ethics focused training is required for any period of time less than or equal to 6 months.**

LCSWA licensees should refer to the Board's Position Statement on Continuing Education for more information regarding pro-rated CE.


The continuing education requirements set forth through regulation are intentionally designed to allow social workers some latitude and flexibility in selecting course activity relevant to their area of interest and expertise.  The Board no longer accepts self-directed learning projects as acceptable CE activity.  The Board does NOT have a process for pre-approving courses or providers; however, distance learning activities must carry pre-approval by ASWB or NASW-NC (see below).


The Board does not require pre-approval of organized training events attended by the social worker.  However, your continuing education activity is subject to audit.  Although CEU or attendance certificates should not be attached to your Renewal Affidavit, you will need to be able to provide upon request, verifiable proof of attendance and credit hours.  Please reference Chapter 63, Section .0401 of the NC Administrative Code (link available from the HOME page) for guidance on what constitutes appropriate and acceptable continuing education activities.

Pursuant to the Continuing Education Guidelines, live/synchronous audio-video broadcasts allowing for real time interaction between the instructor and participants attending through electronic means shall not be considered a distance learning activity. This live interaction must be verifiable if the CE activity is audited.


Distance Learning Activities are those in which the practitioner does not attend an organized training event in which the participants and the instructor are present in the same room such as (but not limited to) online courses, home study courses, taped webinars/seminars/conferences. The maximum continuing education credit granted for distance learning activities is one half of the required hours, up to a maximum of 20 contact hours per renewal period. To be considered acceptable CE activity for renewal of a certificate or license, distance learning activities must be pre-approved by the Association of Social Work Boards’ Approved Continuing Education Committee (ASWB-ACE) or the North Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-NC) AND must meet the regulatory requirements. 

You can find all ASWB-ACE Providers listed on the ASWB website at and NASW-NC approved courses through their website at