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Ask NASW-IL: Do I need the Alzheimer's training requirement if I don't work with older adults?

One of the newer education requirements affecting the current licensure cycle ending on November 30, 2023, is the requirement of one-hour (minimum) training on the diagnosis, treatment, and care of individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. However, this requirements doesn't apply to ALL social workers renewing their LSW or LCSW licenses. This educational requirement 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.

People have been asking whether they need to take the course despite the fact that they do not work with clients who have Alzheimer's disease or dementia. As stated above, whether or not you work with clients who actively show signs of Alzheimer's disease or dementia, the requirement states that if you work with clients who are age 26 or older, you must fulfill the Alzheimer's disease and other dementias training requirement.

Looking for an Alzheimer's training that will fulfill the requirements? Check out our recorded NASW-IL training here or a full list of all our recorded and live CEU trainings on our Events page.

Want to find out more about licensure training requirements for 2023?

  • Nonmembers: Add yourself to the NASW-Illinois Chapter mailing list to get our summer mailer which will feature our guide to licensure renewal in Illinois.

  • NASW Members: Check to make sure your NASW member profile is up to date with your current current mailing address to get this year's issue!


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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