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CEU Requirements

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What follows is a thorough description of the policies of the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR) on continuing education units (CEUs) for social workers. The below CEU requirements pertain to the current licensure cycle.
 
Do I need CEUs for my renewal?
  • If this is your first time renewing your LSW or LCSW: you do not need to accumulate 30 CEUs for licensure, but you will still need to apply for renewal.

  • If this is your second or subsequent time renewing: you will need to accumulate CEUs for renewal.

  • If you are renewing your LCSW for the first time AND want to keep your LSW: you will need to accumulate CEUs for your LSW renewal. NOTE: We do not recommend maintaining your LSW if you have an LCSW.

Need more CEUs? Check out our latest live and on-demand CEU offerings!

As a result of delays at the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR), the previous 2019 licensure cycle (beginning December 1, 2019) had its deadline extended to the February 28, 2022, deadline date. While this deadline extension allowed for licensed social worker (LSW) and licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) licensees to submit their renewal applications as well as obtain continuing education units (CEUs) through February 28, 2022, the 2021 licensure cycle still begins on December 1, 2021, and will end on November 30, 2023. Due to this three-month overlap into the 2021 cycle, licensees must make sure the classes they attend between December 1, 2021, through February 28, 2022, are clearly identified as applying for either the 2019 or 2021 licensure cycles. You may not use CEUs obtained during this period for the renewal cycle ending November 30, 2023, if you also used them to renew your licenses ending on February 28, 2022.

CEU Requirements for 2021–2023 Licensure

For the new 2021 licensure renewal cycle starting on December 1, 2021, and ending November 30, 2023, Illinois LSWs and LCSWs will have 3 additional/amended requirements for licensure renewal as required by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR).

  • NEW JULY 2023! The requirement that at least 15 CEUs had to be in-person has been removed. Effective July 18, 2023, there is no requirement that CEUs be obtained via live, in-person education. You can now earn CEUs for licensure renewal via any method (i.e., in-person or virtual). Read here for more.

  • NEW! One-hour (minimum) of a training on implicit bias awareness. Effective January 1, 2022, with the signing of Public Act 102-0004.

  • A mandated reporter training with (NEW!) a section on implicit bias. Effective January 1, 2022, with the signing of Public Act 102-0604.

  • NEW! One-hour (minimum) of a training on the diagnosis, treatment, and care of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Applies to health care professionals who provide health care services to, and have direct patient interactions with, adult populations age 26 or older in the practice of their profession ONLY. Effective January 1, 2023, with the signing of Public Act 102-0399.

The above requirements are in addition to pre-existing LSW/LCSW licensure renewal requirements:

  1. A minimum of 30 hours of continuing education (CE) relevant to the practice of social work or clinical social work of which:

    • At least 3 of the 30 hours must include content related to the ethical practice of social work, and

    • At least 3 of the 30 hours must include content related to cultural competence in the practice of social work (Effective December 1, 2013).

  2. A sexual harassment prevention training will be required for licensure renewal. There is no timed element (e.g., one hour of CEUs) to fulfill this training requirement, nor does it have to be a CEU (Effective August 6, 2021, with the signing of Senate Bill 1079) unless you are an employee of one (i.e., self-employed)—see below for more details about the sexual harassment prevention training requirement.

Summary of Requirements:

​LSW and LCSW licensees must obtain 30 CEUs for the 2021 licensure cycle starting on December 1, 2021, and ending on November 30, 2023.. Additionally, licensees must also obtain trainings on the following topics:

  • Implicit bias awareness (One hour minimum)

  • Mandated reporter training with implicit bias section (No timed requirement)

  • Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias (One hour minimum)—applies ONLY to health care professionals who provide health care services to, and have direct patient interactions with, adult populations age 26 or older in the practice of their profession

  • Sexual harassment prevention (No timed requirement unless you are unable to obtain a sexual harassment prevention training through an Illinois employer)

  • Ethical practice of social work (Three hours minimum)

  • Cultural competence in the practice of social work (Three hours minimum)

Need more CEUs or courses that fulfill one of the specialty CEU requirements?

Check out our Events page for a complete list of upcoming live events (both in-person and virtual) as well as our recorded trainings which fulfill CE requirements in ethics, cultural competency, implicit bias awareness, mandated reporter training with implicit bias section, Alzheimer's disease and other dementia, and sexual harassment prevention.

 

If you're not already an NASW member, you can also sign up to receive our monthly News & Events e-mails which recap the month's latest news as well as provides a list of our current event offerings.

CE Worksheet & FAQ

Note: This form has been updated to reflect the recent change that removes the in-person requirement for CEUs.
 

To help social workers better keep track of their CEs for 2021–2023 LSW/LCSW licensure renewal, the NASW-Illinois Chapter has created this CE Worksheet. Please note this worksheet is NOT an IDFPR-required document but rather a roadmap to help you fulfill all CE requirements. The requirements in this document are subject to change. Check with the IDFPR website and NASW-IL for any changes as they are announced.

More About the Specialty CEU Training Requirements

​​​​​Implicit Bias Awareness Training: All health care professionals must obtain at least one hour of training

on implicit bias awareness. As of this printing, the department has not yet released rules for this training

requirement. If (and when) such rules are written by the department, this article will be updated

accordingly.

>>Check out NASW-IL 1.5-hour and 3.0-hour recorded trainings on implicit bias.

Mandated Reporter Training with Implicit Bias Section: In an update to the previous mandated

reporter training requirement, all LSW and LCSWs must complete a mandated reporter training that

includes a section on implicit bias. There is no timed element (e.g., one hour of CEUs) to fulfill this

training requirement; however, there are content-related requirements as listed in the Act. The new

implicit bias section shall provide tools to adjust automatic patterns of thinking and ultimately eliminate

discriminatory behaviors. The training shall be provided through the Department (DCFS); an entity authorized to provide continuing education for professionals licensed through the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) such as NASW-IL (check out our recorded Interrupting Bias: A Mandated Reporter's Responsibility to Act course); or an organization approved by the Department (DCFS) to provide mandated reporter training including a section on implicit bias.

A mandated reporter training with implicit bias section can be used to fulfill the implicit bias training requirement ONLY if the section on implicit bias lasts a minimum of one hour. The NASW-Illinois Chapter Interrupting Bias: A Mandated Reporter's Responsibility to Act course does not have an hour of education devoted to the topic of implicit and therefore, does not fulfill both requirements for a mandated reporter training with implicit bias section AND one-hour minimum on a training on implicit bias.

>>Check out NASW-IL recorded training, Interrupting Bias: A Mandated Reporter's Responsibility to Act.

 

Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias Training: This requirement shall only apply to health care

professionals who provide health care services to, and have direct patient interactions with, adult

populations age 26 or older in the practice of their profession. This training must be at least one hour in

length and fulfill content-related requirements as listed in the Act. A health care professional may count

this one hour for completion of this course toward meeting the minimum credit hours required for

continuing education.

>>Check out NASW-IL recorded training, Social Work with Persons Living with Dementia and Their Families: Challenges and Opportunities.

Sexual Harassment Prevention Training

​Did you take a sexual harassment prevention training through your Illinois employer which fulfills

requirements as stated by Section 2-109 of the Illinois Human Rights Act (IHRA)?

 

>>Check out NASW-IL recorded training, Sexual Harassment Prevention Training.

 

​​​More About CEUs

CEs must be from a licensed provider in Illinois. The NASW-Illinois Chapter and all of our NASW Chapter affiliates as well as the NASW Social Work Online CE Institute are approved providers in Illinois. Please note that the NASW-Illinos Chapter/NASW is not the licensing board and does not review and approve coursework and education providers for the state of Illinois. To find out if another provider is an approved CEU provider for the state of Illinois, check with IDFPR.

Trainings only apply to the licensure cycle in the year which they are taken (i.e., a course taken before December 1, 2021, cannot be applied toward the 2021–2023 licensure cycle). 

If you accumulate more than 30 CEs in one two-year cycle, the extras do not carry over to the next period.

Keep records of your CEs on file for at least five years. You don’t need to send proof of your CEUs in with your renewal form unless (1) you are applying after the deadline or (2) IDFPR requests it. 

For additional information on approved continuing education, see the Clinical Social Work and Social Work Practice Act, section 1470.95. 

Looking to Provide CEUs?

The NASW-Illinois Chapter has developed a procedure to approve programs for continuing education units (CEUs). Go to our Advertising page and click on #4 Co-Sponsorship. Otherwise, contact IDFPR for more information on applying to become an approved provider of CEUs.

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Get them through the NASW Social Work CE Institute and rest assured they qualify for licensure renewal.
  • Counselor licensed in Illinois at Restorative Solutions Counseling, LLC
    Restorative Solutions Counseling is a private practice with a focus on helping each other continuously grow in our clinical abilities, as well as providing the utmost in quality care for our clients. We are a small outpatient counseling facility owned by a team of counselors who have all experienced the downsides of larger organizations and bureaucracies. We prioritize a healthy work/home balance because we do not want any clinician in our company to become burnt out. Our website is www.restorativesolutionscounseling.squarespace.com We are looking for a skilled and clinically licensed mental health counselor to join our team. Preference will be given to a counselor who hold a valid LCPC or LCSW in the state of Illinois. This position is for a full time counselor to help us provide care for clients ranging in ages from 4 and up. Full time with Restorative Solutions Counseling consists of working at least 4 days per week with a caseload minimum of 5-6 clients per work day. Schedules are very flexible. Benefits include: Malpractice insurance, license renewal fees, $300/year toward continuing education costs, and a furnished office. If interested, please submit the following: Cover letter Resume or CV 3 letters of reference Job Types: Full-time, Part-time
  • Clinical Administrative Support Specialist - Wolf Pack - Therapy. Institute. Consulting.
    The preliminary function of the CASS is to implement, monitor, and support administrative activities to ensure a smooth operations system and operational, organization, marketing, and clinical tasks, including maintaining a caseload of therapy clients. Regular and ad hoc responsibilities support strategic planning, daily operations, billing and service reimbursement reconciliation, therapist support, digital marketing & customer service. Send resumes to info@wolfpacktherapy.com.
  • BiLingual Therapist/Counselor - OMNI Youth Services
    OMNI’s counseling department is preparing for an expansion of services and we would you to be a part of our team! OMNI offers financial support as our team members pursue licensure. As a member of the team, you will continue to expand your skills in the areas of group facilitation, family therapy, case conceptualization, and case management. You will receive regular support and teaching from experts in the field while collaborating with fun and energetic colleagues. The position requires someone who is passionate about working with youth and adults in the areas of family conflict, substance abuse, and other behavioral health issues. Clients present a range of symptoms from low to high risk. Candidates must possess the willingness and ability to work in a fast-paced environment. Job Summary: To provide individual, group, and family counseling and other supportive services to assigned clients. Services are provided mostly to those that speak Spanish as a primary language. Knowledge and Skill Requirements: Fluent in Spanish. Flexibility and willingness to work evening and/or weekend hours as needed. Ability to demonstrate sensitivity to clients’ and coworkers’ cultural and socioeconomic characteristics. High level of interpersonal and communication skills. Work effectively with diverse workforce and client groups. Keen attention to detail and ability to multitask. Ability to exercise independent judgment and use of discretion in performance of duties operating within the limits of the agency’s standard practice. Ability to use Microsoft Word and Outlook. Ability to become licensed within two years of date of employment. Valid Drivers’ License and proof of insurance. Education Requirements: Master’s degree in human services field, preferably social work or counseling. Application Instructions: If interested, please apply via our website at www.Omni4All.org or email your cover letter and resume to hr@omni4all.org.
  • Clinical Therapist II - Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)
    Please view City of Chicago Careers Site for full job listing and link to directly apply (search for job number: 395519) https://chicago.taleo.net/careersection/100/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en Job Posting Expires: May 22, 2024 Mission: CDPH works with communities and partners to create an equitable, safe, resilient and Healthy Chicago. Under general supervision, the class provides professional therapeutic treatment services in a clinical and administrative capacity, and performs related duties as required. ESSENTIAL DUTIES: · Conducts comprehensive clinical interviews with clients and their families to collect data needed for mental health assessment and diagnostic purposes. · Handles more complex and difficult cases, working with individuals and families with multiple or more severe psycho-social problems. · Develops individual treatment plans based on clinical assessments and diagnostic interviews. · Conducts individual, group, and family mental health treatments in one-on-one and or group health counseling sessions. · Provides intensive psychotherapy and counseling to clients with high rates of recidivism. · Meets with supervisor and participates in group staff meetings to review the status of caseloads and the progress of clients. · Consults with psychiatrists, physicians, and other clinical staff for cooperative planning and implementation of treatment plans. · Provides case management services to assigned client caseload. More duties contained in the full job listing Minimum Qualifications Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master's degree in Psychology or Social Work, plus one year of professional mental health experience; or a Master's degree in Guidance and Counseling, Vocational Rehabilitation, Pastoral Counseling, Art Therapy, or Educational Psychology, plus one year post-master's supervised practicum carried out in a mental health setting, as well as one additional year of professional mental health experience, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience, provided that the minimum degree requirement is met.
  • Public Health Nurse II - Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH)
    Please view City of Chicago Careers Site for full job listing and link to directly apply (search for job number: 395520) https://chicago.taleo.net/careersection/100/jobsearch.ftl?lang=en Job Posting Expires: May 23, 2024 Mission: CDPH works with communities and partners to create an equitable, safe, resilient and Healthy Chicago. Under supervision, the class works with patients seeking mental health, physical health, and/or social care resources, providing professional nursing care to individuals, groups, and families to improve the overall health of communities, or functions as a nursing team leader across locations where the city provides healthcare services and performs related duties as required. ESSENTIAL DUTIES · Conduct comprehensive health assessments using standardized screening tools focused on primary care screening and monitoring (e.g. taking vitals, clinical triage, blood draws), referrals coordination, immunizations and preventative care, post-partum care (e.g. lactation support), capillary blood test for lead, review of childhood vaccination status, pregnancy testing, disease surveillance, and chronic disease management. · Collaborate with interdisciplinary team to develop comprehensive treatment plans, referral processes, and other protocols that address both the primary and mental health care needs of patients. · Serve as a clinical liaison to support cross-CDPH program needs and support within the health department and city departments. · Develop and deliver health educational programs and interventions to increase awareness for the patients as part of their treatment / care plan. · Establish and engage in partnerships with community organizations and local stakeholders. · Maintain accurate and up-to-date electronic health records, documenting assessments and interventions. · Works with a caseload of clients in a community setting, making home visits to collect data, complete assessments and ensure clients follow prescribed treatment plans. More job responsibilities listed in posting. Minimum Qualifications Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing accredited by the National League for Nursing (NLN) or an approved foreign credential evaluation, plus one year of professional nursing experience Licensure, Certification, or other Qualifications · Must be licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse. · Applicants must possess a valid State of Illinois Registered Nurse license at the time of employment.

Have More Questions?

All specific questions concerning licensure and individual licenses or a particular license application needs to be properly directed to IDFPR as they are ultimately the licensing board who approve of licenses for Illinois. The NASW-Illinois Chapter website also has a plethora of information relating to licensure, from supervision requirements, the licensing process, testing procedures, and more. Go to the NASW-IL Licensure page to read more.

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