Online Courses Allowed: No limit if ASWB-approved (Category 1 “formal” courses)
Category I hours are Formally Organized Learning Activities that can be documented by an approved sponsor or organization. The Board-approved sponsors or organizations are listed in Regulation 18 VAC 140-20-105B. If the sponsoring organization does not award a participant with a dated certificate indicating the activity or course taken and the number of hours earned, the social worker is responsible for obtaining a letter on organizational letterhead verifying the hours and activity. LCSW’s are required to complete a minimum of 20 Category I hours per renewal period; LSW’s must complete a minimum of 10 Category I hours per renewal period. All continuing education obtained for renewal may be Category I.
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Professional Development Resources is approved as a provider of continuing education for social workers by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB Provider #1046, ACE Program).