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REGULATIONS/RULES UPDATE:  The Board regularly reviews the Rules for needed amendments. Proposed changes currently under consideration will be posted on or before July 1, 2016 for your consideration and comment. Please visit our website regularly to stay informed.

The Board’s website is being revised and visitors to the website can expect to see a revamped, more user-friendly website in the not-too-distant future. The new site design will include online submission for many activities, including certification and licensure renewal.  While this is not an option this year, we are hopeful to have online renewal and many other features in place by this time next year.

Renewal Season Is Here!

June 30th marked RENEWAL time for many licensees and certificate holders. Download your Renewal Affidavit from the blue box to the right on the home page, or under the appropriate dropdown menu (LCSW Associates OR Certification and Licensure tab)

Except for the LCSW Associate license, which is issued for a period of two years from the month it is issued, all certificates and licenses issued by the Board expire on June 30th of the second year and are renewed biennially thereafter, always with a June 30th expiration date.

More than 3500 social workers certified or licensed by this Board will be required to renew their credential on or before June 30, 2016. Postcard reminders were sent to the address of record for those individuals early in April. PLEASE CHECK YOUR CERTIFICATE TO VERIFY YOUR EXPIRATION DATE.

As always, renewal of your certification or license requires documentation of continuing education activity that occurred during the certification/licensure period. Please be sure to list the DATE, COURSE TITLE, and CONTACT HOURS on the renewal affidavit as required. The affidavit provides a column for you to check (√) if the course was offered as a distance education activity (online, home study, webinar, etc).

Please be reminded that online courses are only acceptable if they have already been approved by ASWB-ACE or NASW-NC. In addition, if the course satisfied the requirement for “ethics-focused” training, please check (√) the appropriate column. Please total your CE hours in the appropriate box at the bottom Part II of the affidavit.

The Board conducts an annual audit of CE activity reported for renewal. Please do not attach certificates to your Renewal Affidavit; however, maintain a copy of your Renewal Affidavit and your certificates verifying attendance or participation for all reported CE activity as you will be asked to submit that information if you are selected for audit.

Renewals are processed on a daily basis and are expedited if you clearly provide all of the required information. Please do not contact the Board office to confirm receipt of your renewal information. If you wish to insure your information has been received, send it via traceable mail, such as delivery confirmation or certified mail, return receipt requested.

**Please take time to participate in the brief survey accessible from the Quick Links section at the bottom of our home page to let us know how we are doing.