Be Careful Who You Receive
Continuing Education Credits From
Social workers report that they enrolled in CE workshops or conferences believing that their providers were authorized to offer CE for social work only to discover this was not the case, often after spending a great deal of money.
This is what you need to know to avoid this problem:
- Only the NY State Education Department, Office of the Professions, State Board for Social Work can approve the providers of CE. No other organization is permitted to offer such approval in NY.
- National organizations such as ASWB and NASW (in Washington) approve providers all across the US, and most states find this acceptable, but their approval does not count in NY. When a provider of CE advertises they are approved by these organizations, it can be misleading for social workers in NY. (Note, National NASW is an approved provider of CE in NY, but they cannot approve other providers in NY)
- Providers of CE may not even be aware they are not approved to offer CE in NY. Providers outside of NY, including for national conferences, often have no idea about NY CE requirements.
- Providers approved in NY must state in their advertising that they are approved in NY and provide an approval number authorized by the State Education Department. Look for this statement and approval number to be confident that the CE hours will count.
- A provider that is approved in NY may not approve another provider. There are reports of this happening under a misconception that this is allowed.
- Here is the link to the NY State list of approved providers of CE in NY:http://www.op.nysed.gov/prof/sw/swceproviderlist.htm . If an organization is not listed, they are probably not approved.