In the State of Florida, there is currently one form of licensure for social workers—the LCSW, or Licensed Clinical Social Worker. The requirements include a Master's degree in social work with specified coursework, two years of supervision after graduation, an 8-hour Florida Laws and Rules course, and successful completion of the Clinical national exam from the Association of Social Work Boards. Recent graduates of social work programs who plan to pursue licensure in Florida should become Registered Interns with the State of Florida while obtaining supervision.
Florida does not offer reciprocity for those licensed in other states, however, social workers interested in obtaining Florida licensure may apply for Licensure by Endorsement or Examination. These applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine if the requirements for Florida license have been met. A social worker in the state temporarily or in the process of obtaining Licensure by Endorsement may practice in the state of Florida by applying for a provisional license. Applications for Registered Interns, Licensure by Endorsement, and Provisional Licensure may be obtained by contacting the Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling by calling (850) 245-4474 or visiting their website, listed in the links above.
The current renewal period is April 1, 2013–March 31, 2015.
Q: How many continuing education credits must I receive?
A: The Florida Licensure Board requires 30 hours of continuing education credits for each biennial renewal. 6 hours of this may be administrative hours.
Q: What are the required courses I must take for the current renewal period?
A: The required courses for the biennium ending March 31, 2015 are 3 hours of Ethics and Boundary Issues, 2 hours of Prevention of Medical Errors. Additionally, licensees are required to take Domestic Violence (2 hours) and a Laws and Rules Update (3 hours) every 6 years, or 3rd biennium.
Q: Can I take all of my continuing education credits in one year or do they have to be split evenly throughout the renewal period?
A: There are no requirements regarding the timing of your credits, as long as they are within the renewal period. If you prefer, you can receive all of your continuing education credits at one event (such as the NASW-FL conference!).
Q: Can continuing education credits transfer from one renewal period to the next?
A: No. Credits can only be counted for the period in which they are taken. Watch your license renewal date closely to determine when the next period will begin.
Q: What is the limit on the amount of courses that can be taken through homestudy and/or online courses?
A: There is no restriction. You may take all 30 hours through homestudy or online courses if you prefer. However, be sure that each of your courses is approved for Florida licensure.
Q: How can I tell if a course qualifies for my license?
A: If a continuing education provider is approved through the Florida licensure board, they are required to include their provider number in any advertisements or course brochures.
Q: What about courses that are out of state?
A: Certain providers, such as NASW (National), are recognized by the Florida licensure board as continuing education providers in all states. These include most of the large mental health associations. These courses are still be acceptable under online tracking, but you will need to enter the course information yourself. Go to www.CEBroker.com to create an account and enter your own credit for out of state approved providers ONLY. Be sure to keep track of all workshop descriptions, learning objectives, presenter bios, and completion certificates to help in getting this course approved. This also applies to homestudy and online courses from out of state providers.
Q: Am I exempt from obtaining continuing education hours for my first renewal?
A: Yes. You are exempt from continuing education requirements from the time of initial licensure to the end of the current biennium of your license. You will begin accruing your continuing education hours after the first expiration date of your license.
Q: Do copies of my continuing education certificates need to be sent to the Board office?
A: No, certificates are for your records and would only be used to help settle any disputes with the Board. However, applicants for licensure taking the Laws and Rules course must submit the original certificate to the Board. Also, licensees wishing to become Qualified Supervisors must submit the original certificate of the 16-hour Clinical Supervision training.
Q: How does the Board receive proof of continuing education?
A: Every continuing education provider submits the name and license number of every workshop participant to the online tracking system, CE Broker. Every licensee will be required to have completed all 30 hours, including all required courses, or their licenses will be ineligible for renewal.
Q: How do I monitor if my credits are entered correctly into CE Broker?
A: You will be able to access your records online. Currently, this is through a subscription through CE Broker. Go to their website at www.CEBroker.com for information on setting up an account.
Q: What providers are nationally approved for CE Credit under 491?
A: Under 64B4 - 6.002, the 491 rules permit the following 16 national organizations and associations to be approved continuing education providers for all 491 licensees. These groups are:
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