2020 NASW-Illinois Chapter Virtual Conference - Page 17



IS IDFPR GOING TO WAIVE THE IN-PERSON CEU
REQUIREMENT FOR LICENSURE RENEWAL DUE TO COVID19 AND SOCIAL DISTANCING EFFORTS IN ILLINOIS?
At the time of printing, IDFPR has not yet provided a variance
for LSWs and LCSWs to utilize live virtual education for
in-person education. It is the position of the chapter that this
variance should be allowed due to the COVID-19 pandemic,
and we will continue to push the licensing board to enact this
variance. You can find the latest news on our » website. If
you aren’t already a member, help us strengthen our voice in
advocating for a waiver by » joining NASW today.
LICENSURE RENEWAL INFO
Requirements for social work licensure have changed for the current cycle ending
November 30, 2021. Please read through for more details about the updated
license requirements.
WHAT DO I NEED TO RENEW MY LICENSE?
Every licensed social worker in the state of Illinois is required to accumulate a total of 30 continuing
education units (CEUs) during the current licensure cycle. Of those 30 CEUs, three (3) hours must
be in ethics and another three (3) hours must be in cultural competency. Additionally, at least 1 hour
must include a sexual harassment prevention training, and there is now a reported mandated
reporter training required.
NOTE: No CEUs are required for the remainder of the first two-year licensure cycle in which you are
licensed. This means you are not required to acquire CEUs the first time you renew your license,
but you are still required to submit (and pay) the renewal application and fee.
» For more information about continuing education requirements, go to:
www.naswil.org/continuing-education
HOW MANY OF MY CEU HOURS NEED TO BE IN-PERSON?
Licensed social workers (LSWs) and licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs) must obtain a minimum
of 50% of the total continuing education (CE) hours by a method that includes face-to-face, in-person
instruction or experience. This means that at least 15 of the 30 CEUs required for licensure renewal
must be earned via face-to-face, in-person trainings.
NOTE: According to IDFPR, live-virtual workshops (trainings wherein the speaker is not in the same
room as the attendee) do not qualify as face-to-face, in-person instruction.
» www.naswil.org/conference / RETHINKING ETHICS
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HOW DO YOU EARN CEUS?
That’s easy! The NASW-Illinois Chapter is a licensed provider
of continuing education units (CEUs). It is our goal to make it
as easy as possible for you to obtain your CEUs by providing
workshops and webinars throughout the state at your
convenience. And did we mention NASW-Illinois Chapter
members receive FREE CEUs for attending in-house* events?
All of our current and recorded workshops are listed on our
» virtual website.
All courses offered through the NASW-Illinois Chapter meet
the continuing education qualifications for LSWs, LCSWs,
LPCs, LCPCs, LMFTs, RNs, APNs, LCPs, and LMFTs licensed
in Illinois as required by the Illinois Department of Financial
and Professional Regulation (IDFPR). NASW-IL is also a Illinois
State Board of Education—approved licensed professional
development provider for PELs (formerly Type 73s) for school
social workers.
HOW DO I KNOW IF CEUS FOR ANOTHER TRAINING
WILL BE ACCEPTED IN ILLINOIS FOR MY RENEWAL?
The NASW-Illinois Chapter cannot vouch for CEUs being
offered by another provider. If you are considering taking a
course that you are not sure offers CEUs, contact the sponsor
of the course prior to attending.
HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
All specific questions concerning licensure and individual
licenses or a particular application for licensure need to be
properly directed to » IDFPR

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