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Approval in District of Columbia

D.C. Department of Health Board of Social Work

  • Provider Info:

  • Cycle: Renewal every 2 years
  • Total Requirement: 40 credit hours required — 12 may be earned with

Applies To:

  • District of Columbia Social Workers’s distant learning courses are available for continuing education credit for social workers as required by the D.C. Board of Social Work.

The Board requires 40 hours of continuing education courses for license renewal every two years. Only 12 hours out of the total 40 hours required can be online.

6 hours of Ethics (must be done face to face; no online courses are accepted).

2 hours of LGBTQ training (this can be an online course)
4 of the total required continuing education shall be in Public Health Priorities which include these topics:

1. Responsible opioid prescribing and effective pain management;
2. Nutrition and obesity prevention;
3. Identifying and reporting abuse (child and adult), neglect (child and adult), human
trafficking, and domestic violence;
4. Sexual health (including taking sexual history, discussing sexual experiences with patients, sexually transmitted diseases (including HIV/AIDS), HPV vaccines, connections to cancer, latent tuberculosis, safe sex, and birth control);
5. Ethics and appropriate patient interactions (i.e. boundaries, patient privacy, and
communications including telehealth);
6. Smoking, vaping, and tobacco (including dangers, smoking cessation, and non-smoke tobacco products);
7. Preparing your patients for an emergency and handling vulnerable populations in an emergency;
8. Identifying impairment (physical or mental) in patients and providers (including complying
with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act);
9. Vaccinations (including legal requirements and appropriate exemptions); and,
10. Implicit bias, cultural competence and Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) in health and health care.

HIV CEU is no longer a requirement., a service of CE Learning Systems, is approved to offer continuing education courses by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB #1020). CE Learning Systems maintains responsibility for the courses.

Board Contact Info

D.C. Department of Health Board of Social Work
Phone: (877) 672-2174

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D.C. Department of Health Board of Social Work uses the term credit hours to refer to continuing education credit hours. Our system normally refers to CE credit hours. On these terms may be considered synonymous.

Contact Info

D.C. Department of Health Board of Social Work
Phone: (877) 672-2174

Applicability and Disclaimer

This CE approval information applies to these professionals in District of Columbia:

  • Social Workers

Please Note:

Carefully read your state licensure renewal requirements as some jurisdictions have specific topic requirements or limits on the number of accepted Online/Home Study credits.

State laws often change, so please remember it is your responsibility for interpreting your state's laws, licensure requirements, course relevancy and all requirements for your state.