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Social Work licensing requires continuing education (CE) courses for renewal and CE requirements by location, each jurisdiction specifies the required courses and hours necessary for licensure and renewals. Compliance with continuing education requirements is the responsibility of the practitioner.
The Continuing Education committee oversees the Continuing Education courses offered each year by the Society. The committee meets monthly from October to May to plan, develop ideas, and schedule continuing education courses. The committee reviews proposals and mentors’ presenters through the process of presenting a course that meets CEU requirements in local jurisdictions and evaluates courses after completion. The committee provides an important service in making ongoing education available to GWSCSW members in an affordable, interesting, and timely manner.
Licensing informs and protects the public, defining our qualifications and scope of practice at each level. When individuals are permitted to practice without a license, or when licensure standards are lowered, the result is that public safety and trust—and the reputation of the profession—are put at risk.
Ultimately, licensing holds us accountable, and at the same time it protects us as individual practitioners. It is critical that we know what expectations we must meet and what our scope of practice includes. And, if we are to speak proudly as social workers, we need to know that others in our profession have met those same expectations and that they work within the same scope of practice.