Continuing Education

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The Iowa Chapter offers continuing education opportunities throughout the year for social workers around the state. NASW also reviews workshops and provides CEUs so you know your continuing education needs will be met. Take a look at opportunities coming up around the state.

If you would like NASW to handle the CEU process for your workshop — reassuring participants the CEUs you offer will meet their educational needs to fill out a CEU Application.

Please note that NASW-Iowa Chapter has changed our CEU approval procedures and policy. CEU approvals will be done for a $25 fee. This approval fee will include an ad on this page of the NASW-Iowa Chapter website. There will still be a charge for individual CEU certificates. 

Members, please log in before registering for an event so that you receive the discounted member price for each event.


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.