As of November 19, 2012, the sources for Continuing Education (CE) that are recognized by the NJ BSWE are as follows. Changes in the Regulations are underlined.
1. Individual programs or courses approved by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB). (This section no longer includes presenters who are approved by ASWB, but only programs or courses. See #16 below for information regarding ASWB presenters.)
2. Programs or courses offered by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) or any of its Chapters (including NASW-NJ). (See #16 for below for information regarding courses approved by NASW-NJ and NASW National.)
3. Programs or courses offered by the Child Welfare Training Academy within the NJ Department of Children and Families.
4. Programs or courses given at state and national social work association conferences, where membership criteria include an academic degree in social work. (The membership criteria used to be licensure or certification as a social worker.)
5. Programs offered at a regionally accredited institution.
7. Five credits for each undergraduate or graduate-level course completed in a program accredited, or in candidacy for accreditation, by the CSWE.
9. In-service trainings (one credit for each hour, up to a maximum of one-half of your required continuing education credits) provided by an organization licensed by the following: the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Community Affairs, the Department of Health and Senior Services, or the Department of Human Services. This does not include staff meetings, job training, training on administrative procedures or policies, quality assurance or case reviews.
10. In-service trainings (one credit for each hour, up to a maximum of one-half of your required continuing education credits) provided by an organization accredited by the following: the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), the Council on Accreditation (COA), the Council on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), the Family Service Association of America (FSAA), or the Joint Commission. This does not include staff meetings, job training, training on administrative procedures or policies, quality assurance or case reviews.
11. Programs or courses approved by other states’ social work licensing boards.
12. Programs or courses that relate to social work practice and are recognized/approved by the following: the Alcohol and Drug Counselor Committee, the State Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Examiners, or the Professional Counselor Examiners Committee.
13. Publishing a refereed article in a professional journal; 9 credits per article.
14. Teaching a course offered in academic institutions accredited by a regional accrediting body that is recognized by the United States Department of Education or the Office of Postsecondary Education; 15 credits for each new course taught (“new” = a course that you have not previously taught in any educational setting).
15. Presenting at workshops, training sessions, and seminars; 1.5 credits for each hour of a new course, up to a maximum of 9 credits.
16. Programs or courses approved by an entity recognized by the Board of Social Work Examiners. (A process to determine “recognized entities” is being established. For the next 6 months, entities previously authorized to approve programs or courses will be allowed to continue their approval process while the BSWE identifies “recognized entities” as mentioned in the new Regulations. This 6 month extension includes programs and courses approved by, but not offered by, NASW-NJ and NASW National, as well as those offered by providers approved by ASWB.)
17. Workshops or ASWB providers who are approved for the current licensing cycle (September 1, 2012 through August 31, 2014) will retain their approval through that date.