CE Course Approval

Are you an educator or provider of programs and/or conferences?  Are you interested in providing Continuing Education credits for social workers in New Jersey/  If you are seeking to offer relevant and cutting-edge continuing education courses to New Jersey social workers, the Continuing Education Approval (CEA) Collaborative provides the path for you to do so.

The CEA Collaborative was created to ensure quality and timely approval of social work continuing education courses in New Jersey. It was established in response to the New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiner’s decision to refer applications for continuing education courses to other approving entities, rather than approving them directly.

Please take time to read through our guidelines before applying. If you have any questions, contact Annie Siegel.

Frequently Asked Questions


Any individual and/or organization who offers quality, cutting-edge, relevant courses to social work professionals may submit a course for approval.

Specific eligibility requirements include: - Applicant must submit a complete application at least ninety (90) days prior to the date of the program.

- Applicant must be able to create, supply, and maintain attendance records, certificates, evaluations and additional documentation of programs.
- Learning objectives and materials must be compliant with NJ State Board of Social Work Examiners Statutes and Regulations.

Additionally, although not required: Applicant should have a licensed social worker consultant who is involved in the planning, implementation and monitoring of the social work continuing education course submitted for approval.

Approvals follow the two-year NJ Board of Social Work Examiners licensing cycle beginning September 1 of even-numbered years. Example: The current licensing cycle runs from September 1, 2018 - August 31, 2020. During this time, the approved course can be offered an unlimited number of times as long as there are no substantial changes in content, presenter or length of the program. Your application fee is determined by:
1) The number of applications submitted at one time. There is a reduced fee for multiple submissions.
2) If you are a non-profit or for-profit organization. Non-profit organizations receive a reduced rate.
3) If you are seeking approval for a conference. Conference Rate is for programs that occur over consecutive dates and/or provide a selection of concurrent workshops.
Conference approvals are not renewable.
Please Note: If an application is submitted after March 31 in the second year of the licensing cycle, approval is extended through the next 2-year cycle.

The NJ BSWE does not allow for provider approvals. All courses and conference sessions must be individually approved

Our collaborative strives to approve courses as quickly as possible but does require 90 days to review all materials. However, we know that's not always possible and expedited reviews are available for an additional fee.