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Approved Continuing Education Program

Providers of continuing education for social workers can now become approved in a number of states and other jurisdictions with a single application.  In order to view these PDF files, visitors will need Adobe Acrobat Reader. This is a free software to download from the Adobe website.

ASWB recently established a program called Approved Continuing Education (ACE) as a service to its member boards and providers. The ACE program reviews providers and can grant approval that now covers 16 states, with more being added.

Providers pay a fee and submit an application. The ACE program provides expert review of provider applications to determine whether appropriate criteria are met. Once a provider is approved, boards can be assured that the continuing education offered will be of acceptable quality for that jurisdiction's continuing education requirements. Participation by boards is voluntary, and some boards may continue to do their own approvals for CE. Providers may also list individual course offerings on the ASWB website.


Quality is assured by evaluation and monitoring the capabilities of providers of social work continuing education programs. The ACE program is based on a set of educational standards contained in the ACE Criteria for Selection. Providers who apply must demonstrate high standards of development, implementation, and assessment of their social work continuing education program in order to receive approval status.

ASWB ACE providers are already accepted by sixteen of the state social work licensure boards that require continuing education. More boards are being added all the time, as the program grows. The jurisdictions listed accept programs offered by approved providers when they are submitted by social workers seeking to fulfill their continuing education requirements.

All social work member boards receive information on ACE providers. For an additional fee, providers can also have their individual course offerings advertised on the ASWB website.

For now, ASWB approves only providers, rather than individual offerings. ACE providers are approved for a one-year period and then may be renewed for three years. Application fees are reduced for schools of social work and professional social work organizations.

The ACE manual provides the criteria for becoming an approved provider. To obtain a complete ACE manual, including program review criteria and application materials, contact the ASWB office at 800-225-6880, ext. 3004; email the program at , or download the entire manual and application as a PDF file by clicking here.


Approved Providers
**Participating States
**Download ACE manual and Application (PDF file)
**ACE application in Word
**CE Course Listings

*Please note: Although provided as a convenience for applicants, ASWB does not recommend downloading Word files. Floppy disks containing the ACE provider application can be obtained by calling 1-800-225-6880, or by emailing the ACE program at . There is a $10 fee for the disk.