Continuing Education for Iowa Social Workers
Iowa social workers must comply with the licensing board’s rules as they relate to continuing education. Social workers must complete 27 hours of continuing education opportunities during the two-year licensure period. Three of the 27 hours must be in social work ethics training. A licensed social worker may complete 12 of the 27 hours as independent study. This is defined by the Board of Social Work as a "subject/program/activity that a person pursues autonomously that meets standards for approval criteria in the rules and includes a post-test."
Additionally, if a social worker has direct contact with children and dependent adults, Mandatory Reporter training must be completed every five years.
Social workers should download and review the Administrative Rules pertaining to Continuing Education, Chapter 281.