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Thursday, January 30

Rule Changes Effective for the 2013-2015 Licensure Cycle

Joel L. Rubin, MSW, ACSW, CAE
NASW Illinois Chapter Executive Director


UPDATE: An FAQ regarding the licensure changes has been created. Click here for the FAQ. 


Two changes became effective beginning December 1, 2013, and will apply to the current licensure cycle from 12/1/13 to 11/30/15:

1. Effective December 1, 2013, at least 3 of the 30 continuing education unit (CEU) hours must include content related to cultural competence in the practice of social work.

2. Effective December 1, 2013, 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. According to IDFPR, live-virtual workshops DO NOT qualify as face-to-face, in-person instruction.

An additional change (among several other) that IDFPR instituted includes the following:

  • The supervisor shall have met with the individual an average of at least 4 hours each month (replaces the requirement of meeting once a week).

Since the Social Work Practice Act was reauthorized on January 1, 2009, a Social Work Licensure Task Force has been meeting under the auspices of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Illinois Chapter. The task force (which is comprised of representatives from all practice areas and geographical parts of the state) recommended the above rule changes that work towards strengthening a social worker’s skill set and the quality of continuing education required for licensure. In 2013, the NASW Illinois Chapter and the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) worked very closely on the rule changes with direct involvement of the Acting IDFPR Secretary Manuel Flores, department legislative and legal staff, and the staff liaison to the Social Work Examining and Disciplinary Board. I would like to acknowledge the assistance and support of Illinois State Senator William Delgado in this process as well.

To read a list of the task force’s rationale for these important changes, click here

The Adopted Rule Changes that were published in the October 11, 2013 Illinois Register can be found here (starting on p. 15904). 

Posted on 01/30/14 at 12:29 PM


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