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Governor Cuomo signs law mandating continuing education for licensed social workers
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Governor Cuomo Signs Law Mandating Continuing Education for Licensed Social Workers



October 24, 2013


Albany, NY: New York has joined every other state in requiring continuing education for licensed social workers.  The law goes into effect on January 1, 2015.


As a member of NASW, we want you to be the first to know about this requirement.  NASW-NYC will keep members informed of further developments and details.


Here are the basics about the mandate:


  • Requires 36 Hours of continuing education credits over 3-year period.
  • New license holders will be exempt until after first license renewal.
  • Accumulating continuing education hours before the effective date is not likely to be counted. 
  • The State Education Department is now responsible for interpreting the requirements of the law through
    crafting regulations and implementing the law.
  • Technically this is Chapter 443 of the laws of 2013, Assembly bill A6703-A, same as Senate bill S4637.


NASW-NYC will be offering many opportunities for obtaining continuing education hours, at a substantial discount for NASW members.


Click here to see our previous article on continuing education being mandated in New York: 


Click here to access the legislation passed by the Assembly and Senate.

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