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Information for Continuing Education (CE) Providers

CE Provider Application and Expiration and Reapplication

  • The Board pre-approves CE Providers rather than programs. While CE programs are not required to be pre-approved by the Board, they must meet the Boards statutory CE requirements.
  • The CE Provider Application must be submitted with the required fee at least 30 days prior to the program date and is valid for one year from the date of receipt and approval by the Board. CE Provider applications and programs may be audited by the Board.
  • Any programs offered after the one-year CE Provider expiration date are not pre-approved and cannot be advertised as pre-approved.  Pre-approval cannot be applied retroactively to any CE programs.
  • CE Providers can reapply as needed by submitting the required CE Provider application and fee. 
  • CE Providers are listed via an online search on the Boards website at List of Pre-Approved Continuing Education Providers
  • For complete details see Minnesota Statutes, Sections 148E.145, 148E.150, 148E.155, 148E.160, 148E.165, 148E.170.
Download the CEP Application Form

CE Provider Fees

CE Provider fees are based on the number of CE hours offered for programs in a one-year period:
  • 1-8 clock hours $ 50
  • 9-16 clock hours $100
  • 17-32 clock hours $200
  • 33-48 clock hours $400
  • 49 or more clock hours $600

CE Provider Responsibilities

  • Required Criteria for CE Programs:
  1. promotes the standards of practice described in sections 148E.195 to 148E.240
  2. contributes to the practice of social work
  3. intended for the benefit of practicing social workers
  4. persons presenting the program are qualified in the subject matter
  5. materials must not be primarily procedural or primarily oriented towards business practices or self-development
  • Required Documentation and Audit:
  1. CE Providers must maintain the following program information for three years following the end of a program and, if audited, submit the following documentation:
  2. title of the program
  3. description of the content and objectives of the program
  4. date of the program
  5. number of clock hours credited for participation in the program
  6. program location
  7. names and qualifications of the primary presenters
  8. description of the primary target audience
  9. list of the participants in the program

Licensee Renewal CE Requirements

All licensees:
  • 40 hours of continuing education at each biennial license renewal
  • 15 of the 40 CE hours may be independent study
Required content areas:
  • Ethics:  All licensees - 2 CE hours in social work ethics content
  • Clinical:  All LICSWs - 24 CE hours in clinical content
  • Supervision:  All licensing supervisors - 6 CE hours in supervision content
LICSW Applicants CE Option
  • LICSW Applicants must document 360 clock hours in six clinical knowledge areas at the time of initial application for the  LICSW license.  90 of these hours may be satisfied through CE, not to exceed 20 hours of independent study continuing education.. 
  • Only CE earned for this LICSW application requirement must 1) have a course description available for public review and b) include a post-test.
  • Six clinical knowledge areas:
  1. differential diagnosis and biopsychosocial assessment, including normative development and psychopathology across the lifespan;
  2. assessment-based clinical treatment planning with measurable goals;
  3. clinical intervention methods informed by research and current standards of practice;
  4. evaluation methodologies;
  5. social work values and ethics, including cultural context, diversity, and social policy; or
  6. culturally specific clinical assessment and intervention
Licensing Supervisor CE Requirement:
  • Licensing Supervisors must meet a one-time requirement of 30 hours of training in supervision prior to being eligible to provide licensing supervision.  In addition, licensing supervisors must report 6 CE hours in supervision content at the time of license renewal.  

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