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NASW-Illinois Chapter

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All social work licenses will expire this coming November 30, 2017. Are YOU prepared for renewal? 

What do I need to renew my license? 

Every licensed social worker in the state of Illinois is required to accumulate a total of 30 continuing education units (CEUs) during the current licensure cycle. Of those 30 CEUs, three (3) hours must be in ethics and another three (3) hours must be in cultural competency. You can have more than three hours of each (i.e., 6 ethics hours of the 30 required), but you must obtain the minimum of three hours in each. Trainings only apply to the licensure cycle in the year which they are taken (i.e., a course taken before November 30, 2015, cannot be applied toward the 2015–2017 licensure cycle). 

NOTE: No CEUs are required for the remainder of the first two-year licensure cycle in which you are licensed. This means you are not required to acquire CEUs the first time you renew your license, but you are still required to submit (and pay) the renewal application and fee. 

► For steps on renewing your license through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) website, click here

How many of my CEU hours need to be in-person? 

It is now a requirement for licensed social workers (LSWs) and licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs) must obtain a minimum of 50% of the total continuing education (CE) hours required must be obtained by a method that includes face-to-face, in-person instruction or experience. This means that at least 15 of the 30 CEUs required for licensure renewal must be earned via face-to-face, in-person trainings. There is no requirement that ethics or cultural competency trainings must be obtained in-person. NOTE: According to IDFPR, live-virtual workshops (trainings wherein the speaker is not in the same room as the attendee) do not qualify as face-to-face, in-person instruction. 

How Do You Earn CEUs?

That’s easy! The NASW-Illinois Chapter is a licensed provider of continuing education units (CEUs). It is our goal to make it as easy as possible for you to obtain your CEUs by providing workshops and webinars throughout the state at your convenience. And did we mention NASW Illinois members receive FREE CEUs for attending in-house* events? All of our current workshops are listed on our website.

All courses offered through the NASW-Illinois Chapter meet the continuing education qualifications for LSWs, LCSWs, LPCs, LCPCs, LMFTs, RNs, APNs, LCPs, and LMFTs  licensed in Illinois as required by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). NASW-IL is also a Illinois State Board of Education-approved licensed professional development provider for PELs (formerly Type 73s) for school social workers. 

What About Online Courses?

While the Illinois Chapter does not have an on-demand portal, national NASW has an extensive selection of online courses you can sign up for and take from the comfort of your office or home. NOTE: the NASW-Illinois Chapter does not offer tech support for these online courses nor can we answer your questions about any individual course on the online platform. All questions regarding the portal should be directed to the NASW Professional Education and Training Center (PETC) portal via their "Contact Us" form.  

You can review the course offerings through the NASW PETC by going to: http://nasw.interactyx.com/

 How do I know if CEUs for another training will be accepted in Illinois for my renewal? 

The NASW-Illinois Chapter cannot vouch for CEUs being offered by another provider. If you are considering taking a course that you are not sure offers CEUs, contact the sponsor of the course prior to attending and make sure they have one of the following two things: 

  1. A certified provider number issued by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR)—this number will be a 9-digit number beginning with "159," OR
  2. A co-sponsorship with an organization that has a certified provider number. 

If you take a course from an organization that is not a certified provider of CEUs at the time of the event, you may not claim CEUs after the fact. The only exception to this is if the course was approved for CEUs in another state before it was taught. (See the procedure for claiming out-of-state CEUs below.)

Important note: The Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR) does not recognize provider numbers from other states unless it is specifically stated in the social work rules (like an NASW affiliate). If you have a CEU certificate issued by a provider in another state, it may not be applicable to your CEU requirement in Illinois.

  • If your certificate was issued by an out-of-state agency other than NASW, you are required to submit it to IDFPR, and for a fee they will consider approving it for Illinois CEUs. The fee varies depending on the nearness to the licensure expiration. You must apply before you attend the workshop and more than 90 days before November 30th of an odd-numbered year (i.e. before September 1), with the fee of $25.00. If you apply after the workshop and it is after September 1st of the odd year, the fee increases to $150.00.  Contact IDFPR.

Can my CEUs from the NASW-Illinois Chapter be applied to other states?  

The following states will accept CEUs from the NASW-Illinois Chapter continuing education offerings through the NASW CE Approval Program: Alaska, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. 

Have More Questions?

All specific questions concerning licensure, and individual license, or a particular application for licensure need to be properly directed to IDFPR. The NASW-Illinois Chapter website has additional resources on our website but beyond that, you will need to contact IDFPR who ultimately issues all licenses in Illinois. 

Posted on 04/17/17 at 08:00 AM

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