Continuing Education

As a professional, you are committed to lifelong learning and a pursuit of the latest information, skills and interventions that will help you best meet the needs of the clients and communities you serve.  Whether you're required to have continuing education credits as part of maintaining your license, or simply desire more experience in the field, we are committed to providing all social workers with vital professional development resources and cutting-edge opportunities that strengthen your professional skills. Our members receive access to up-to-date info on NJ licensing regulations and preparation for licensure, certificate and CE programs, student services, and resources for clinical social workers.

Frequently Asked Questions about Continuing Education


Sometimes it is easiest to jump online and learn, we understand that. Throughout the year we offer both live online continuing education programs and a robust library of on-demand programs as well. You can register for the live programs through events page and search for on-demand programs through our online institute

Throughout the year we offer various in person courses, both at our chapter office and in the community--through partnerships with organizations and in your units. These courses are sometimes a few hours, while others are full day symposiums around a central topic. You can search for in person programs on the event page.

The New Jersey State Board of Social Work Examiners, The New Jersey Department of Education Professional Development (Provider #705), The State Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners (family therapists, professional counselors, rehabilitation counselors and alcohol and drug counselors) for license and certification renewal, The New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work. In addition, most states will accept programs offered through NASW-NJ for credit in other states.

If you are an LCSW: An LCSW shall complete a minimum of 40 credits of continuing education, of which at least 20 credits shall be in courses or programs directly related to clinical practice, 5 credits must be related to ethics, 3 credits must be related to social and cultural competency, and 1 credit must be related to prescription opioid addiction. If the LCSW earns more than 40 credits during a biennial period, the LCSW may carry a maximum of eight surplus credits into a succeeding biennial period.

If you are an LSW: An LSW shall complete a minimum of 30 credits of continuing education, 5 of which must be related to ethics, 3 credits must be related to social and cultural competency, and 1 credit must be related to prescription opioid addiction. If the LSW earns more than 30 credits during a biennial period, the LSW may carry a maximum of six surplus credits into a succeeding biennial period.

If you are a CSW: A CSW shall complete a minimum of 20 credits of continuing education, 5 of which must be related to ethics, 3 credits must be related to social and cultural competency, and 1 credit must be related to prescription opioid addiction. If the CSW earns more than 20 credits during a biennial period, the CSW may carry a maximum of four surplus credits into a succeeding biennial period.

If an applicant initially obtains a license or certificate within the second year of a biennial license period (September 1, 2019 or later) the applicant shall complete not fewer than one-half of the minimum required credits of continuing education, 3 credits of which shall be related to ethics and 2 credits of which shall be related to social and cultural competency. An LCSW shall complete at least 10 of their 20 credits in programs which directly relate to clinical practice.