NYS Continuing Education Requirements

Licensed Mental Health Counselors

New York State Education Law requires each licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) to complete 36 hours of acceptable formal continuing education during each three-year registration period. 

Please note that there is a limitation of 12 continuing education hours in a 36-month registration period, or one-third of the hours for a registration period other than 36 months, for self-study courses as described above. 

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Licensed Master Social Workers and Licensed Clinical Social Workers

Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) must complete 36 hours of approved continuing education courses for each triennial registration period.

Please note that no more than 12 hours of continuing education activities in any 36 month period, or one-third of the total hours in periods of other length, may consist of self-study educational activities from New York State Education Department approved providers.

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For more information please contact the Office of the State Board for Mental Health Practitioners, New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions, State Education Building – 2nd Floor East Wing, 89 Washington Ave., Albany, New York, 12234, by phone 518-474-3817 ext. 450, by fax 518-486-2981, or by e-mail mhpbd@nysed.gov.