Social Work Licensure

Information to help you obtain or renew your social work license. Continuing education is required in New York to renew your LMSW and LCSW license registration.

Learn more about the licensure process:

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LMSW licensure process - New York

LCSW and LCSW-R licensure process - New York

Social Work Continuing Education Requirements & Training - New York

  • NYSED continuing education requirements for LMSWs & LCSWs - NYS Education Law section 74.10 effective 1/1/15
  • Continuing Education FAQ's - Frequently Asked Questions about NYSED continuing education requirements for LMSW and LCSW license renewal including a chart of the hours needed for license renewal and the process for providing training documentation.
  • NYSED Continuing Education Recordkeeping: New York LMSWs and LCSWs must keep a record of completed, acceptable continuing education for six years from the date of the coursework/educational activity. You are responsible for keeping copies of your certificates and submitting them to NYSED when you receive a notice from them for a continuing education training audit. Approved training providers do not submit your training records to NYSED. 
  • How do I know which of your trainings include NY social work continuing education hours? Please check the CEU section of course descriptions for our live trainingcertificate programs and self-study online workshops to ensure they offer the approved NYSED social work contact hours you need. We are an approved NYSED social work provider #SW-0001.
  • MSW elective courses- Use the linked form to request a NYSED State Board for Social Work continuing education contact hours certificate for approved courses completed by nondegree NY LMSW and LCSW students.

School Social Worker Certification - New York

Corporate Practice Update - New York

  • Corporate Practice Update - Information and video on the waiver process for agencies that weren’t authorized to provide psychotherapy under licensure legislation

National Resources