CEU Information


NYSSSWA is an approved NYSED CE/CEU Provider. When registering for a Conference, remember to provide your license number for proper CE/CEU credit assignments.

New York State School Social Workers’ Association is recognized by the New York State Education Department’s State Board of Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0057

COVID & NYSED Continuing Education Requirements

“Some regulations restrict licensees to a certain percentage of self-study for continuing education requirements. In response to the evolving situation with the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), and for those licensees whose registrations are due to renew March 1, 2020 – January 1, 2022, the Department will grant an adjustment to all licensees to complete up to 100% of the continuing education as self-study, provided that it is taken from a Department-approved provider and is in an acceptable subject area for the specific profession.

Additionally, the Department will grant an adjustment to all licensees, regardless of registration renewal date, to utilize self-study for any coursework taken during the period from March 1, 2020 – January 1, 2022, provided that it is taken from a Department-approved provider and is in an acceptable subject area for the specific profession.  Coursework taken outside that time frame must meet the continuing education requirements in each individual profession’s laws and regulations.”  See:



Questions About CE/CEU Requirements?

What are the Continuing Education requirements for “Social Workers”?

“New York State Education Law requires each licensed master social worker (LMSW) and licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) to complete 36 hours of acceptable formal continuing education during each three-year registration period. ”

What is the Difference Between CEUs and CEs?

“A minimum of 50 minutes equals one Continuing Education hour of credit. However, some courses may be given in continuing education units. One continuing education unit (CEU) equals 10 continuing education hours. Therefore, 0.1 CEU equals one continuing education hour, 0.2 CEUs equals two continuing education hours, and so on. ” NYSSSWA will begin noting the number of “CEs” being provided to be in compliance with NYSED’s language.

I just got my license.  When do I start collecting CEs/CEUs?

“You are not required to complete continuing education during your initial three-year registration period.”
All licensees in their first 3-year registration period are EXEMPT from doing CEs during that period. They must begin accruing CE hours in their second registration period, which is the start of their fourth year as a licensee.  Only CEs obtained in the registration period it is needed for (your 4th year) , is acceptable.

For General Information from NYSED regarding Continuing Education, click here.

Still have questions?  Please go to the NYSED webpage for their Question and Answer section.

Source for the above informationhttp://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/sw/swcefaq.htm

How Do I Obtain NYSSSWA CEUs?

The provision of CEUs is a multi-step manual process. Nothing is automated so please allow time for processing all components.  In order to receive your CEU certificate, you must have the following:

  • Register for a NYSSSWA Event on line.
  • Successful payment of Registration Fees.  Purchase Orders:  If you are submitting a purchase order, be sure to provide a copy of your invoice to your district’s accounts payable department for payment.   See “How To Print Your Invoice and Pay for Event”. New Directions PENDING Approved P.O.s should be faxed to 516-595-8509 or emailed to: purchase.order.request@nyssswa.org
  • Complete the sign-in/sign-out sheets for each Workshop/Keynote Speaker session attended.
  • Complete ALL online surveys after the conference has ended. NYSED requires evaluations for ALL Workshops/Keynote Sessions you attend.  (Find links on respective conference web pages.)
  • Certificates may need to be manually and individually released so will not be able to be accessed until all requirements are verified. Once all steps are completed and confirmed, you will be able to access.    See “How to Print My CEU Certificate” New Directions PENDING for instructions.
  • NYSSSWA CEU Certificates will be stored and available for attendees to print as needed via their NYSSSWA member account.
  • If you have completed all components and after 3 weeks are still not able to access your certificate, please contact member.services@nyssswa.org  

Mandatory Continuing Education Requirement

WorkshopThe Board of Regents met in April 2014 regarding the proposed rule to implement mandatory continuing education (CEUs) for licensed master social workers (LMSWs) and licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs). The rule was approved and will took effect on May 14th, 2014.  Each LMSW/ LCSW will be required to complete 36 hours of acceptable continuing education in each triennial registration period, effective January 1, 2015.

For more specific information, please view the April 2014 memorandum from the New York State Education Department. Download here (30 pages). The last few pages of the memorandum address specific comments/questions that were made during the open comment period regarding CEUs.


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