Board of Registration of Social Workers Policy

Enacted June 20, 2006

Policy Regarding Clarification of Continuing Education Requirements

May, 2006

Policy #06-04


The purpose of this policy bulletin is to offer guidance regarding what educational programs the Board of Registration of Social Workers ("Board") will accept to satisfy the continuing education requirements in 258 CMR 31.00 et seq.


A licensee may receive up to 25% of continuing education credit, in courses that have been approved by the following organizations AND contribute to the professional competence of the licensee. In order to be accepted for continuing education credit, the program must contribute to the growth of professional competence in social work practice. See "Program Content Requirements", 258 CMR 31.04 (1). All licensees must receive a minimum of 75% of their continuing education credit in courses approved by a recognized entity set forth in 258 CMR, 31.04 (2).


The Board may grant continuing education credits for educational programs sponsored by the following organizations in addition to those designated in 258 CMR 31.04 (2). The Board has approved the following organizations:

  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC)
  • Board of Nursing Home Administrator's (NHA)
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

Continuing Education programs offered by all organizations approved by the Board must, in order to be approved for continuing education credits, meet the following criteria:

  1. be an organized learning experience, and
  2. be at least fifty (50) minutes in length; and
  3. contribute to and enhance the licensee's professional competence in social work practice.

Continuing education credit will not be given for programs that do not apply directly to and "contribute to the growth of professional competence in social work practice." Programs focused on marketing skills, management or other business skills, or computer proficiency skills will not be considered acceptable, as those types of courses are intended to enhance business skills, and not social work skills.

In addition, Professional Development Points (PDPs) gained through Professional Development Programs provided by a school system will not be accepted.

It is the licensee's responsibility to maintain appropriate documentation demonstrating that all programs submitted meet the Board's continuing education requirements as summarized above and/ or as found in the Board's Regulations at 258 CMR 31.00.