Social Work Licensure Board Endorsements

NASW's CE Approval Program is endorsed by more than 38 state licensure boards without restrictions. Providers and participants are responsible for following states' rules and regulations regarding licensure. For example, several states do not recognize distance-learning programs as valid continuing professional education.

Boards that Endorse the NASW CE Approval Program


  • Alaska
  • Alabama*
  • Arkansas*
  • Arizona*
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • District of Columbia
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas*
  • Kentucky
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Massachusetts
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada**
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virgin Islands
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

* Boards that Accept NASW Approved Providers if they follow Social Work Board CE Rules
** Must be real-time interactive and at least 2 hours


Boards that do not recognize the NASW CE Approval Program

  • Michigan (Applications may be filed with the NASW Michigan Chapter)
  • New Jersey (Applications may be filed with the NASW New Jersey Chapter)
  • New York (Applications may be filed with the NASW New York State Chapter)
  • West Virginia

Boards that currently do not have Continuing Education Requirements

  • Puerto Rico
NASW CE Standards

Standards for Continuing Professional Education

By consistent participation in continuing education beyond the entry-level professional degree, social workers can maintain and increase their proficiency.

Download the Standards