Professional Social Work Credentials & Continuing Education

Certification is a legal status required to use the title “Social Worker,” and licensure is necessary to practice social work. Please use the resources below to learn more about the requirements for these processes.

LICENSURE

STATE OF WISCONSIN SOCIAL WORK CERTIFICATION INSTRUCTIONS

SCHOOL SOCIAL WORK

Special considerations for students interested in school social work.

CONTINUING EDUCATION

Many organizations offer continuing education opportunities for social workers. The School of Social Work’s offerings are can be found in News & Events. The School of Social Work also maintains a email list for community social workers where many opportunities for continuing education are shared. Visit our Stay Connected page to sign up!

UW-MADISON DIVISION OF CONTINUING STUDIES

The Division of Continuing Studies Behavioral Health department, offers extensive continuing education opportunities appropriate for social workers.

STATE OF WISCONSIN RULES REGARDING CONTINUING EDUCATION

This information changes as state laws change. For the most up-to-date information, see the NASW-WI website.

CERTIFICATION & LICENSURE FAQ

Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for common questions regarding certification and licensure. For more information, see the NASW Wisconsin Chapter website or the State of Wisconsin’s Department of Safety and Professional Services website.