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IL license defense lawyerIn the state of Illinois, there are hundreds, if not thousands, of people who have careers as licensed professionals. These professions can range from the obvious, such as doctors and nurses, to the not-so-obvious, like architects and engineers. The one thing that all of these careers have in common is the need to become licensed in the state they practice. The state of Illinois has also put into place certain requirements for license renewal for many professions, one such requirement is continuing education. This requirement exists for the sake of maintaining a knowledgeable and up-to-date workforce. One such profession that requires continuing education is social work.

Understanding Social Work Licensure

In Illinois, there are two types of licenses you can receive in the social work profession: a licensed social worker (LSW) and a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW). These two types of licenses are very similar, though they have separate qualifications and requirements, mostly depending on your experience as a social worker. No matter the type of license, social work licenses expire on November 30 of every odd-numbered year. Despite these differences, the continuing education requirements are the same for these licenses.

Maintaining Continuing Education Requirements for Social Workers

The first time a social worker goes to renew their license, they do not have to have completed any continuing education requirements, though they must still submit an application for renewal. The second time a social worker renews their license, they must certify that they have completed 30 hours of continuing education. These 30 hours of education must be related to the practice of social work but they must also consist of:

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Illinois licensing lawyerStudying to become a nurse takes a lot of time and effort. There are many courses that must be passed, clinicals that must be successfully completed, and good recommendations from mentors and professors. While on the job, a nurse’s license is always on the line. If a nurse makes even a minor mistake that seriously injures a patient, then his or her license may be grounds for revocation. In this profession, it is important for nurses to stay up-to-date on new laws and practices by participating in continuing education requirements.

Continuing Education Requirements

All registered nurses must complete 20 hours of continuing education for their 2-year license renewal cycle. If a nurse is renewing his or her license for the first time, then there is no requirement for renewal. The following are also required:

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Illinois license defense attorneyMany years of hard work and long study hours are behind you, after finally achieving your dentistry license. Once this feat has been completed, you are ready to start out on your professional journey to make a difference in someone else’s life. Whether performing a common tooth cleaning session, extracting an infected tooth, or treating a major gum disease, you now have the knowledge to help others with their dental needs. However, do you know what will happen if your dentistry license expires or is suspended, and you need to reinstate it? Is reinstating your dentist’s license even possible?

Restoring Your Dentist’s License

There are many reasons why a person’s dentistry license may be suspended, expired, or revoked. A dentist may have made a mistake when performing a routine tooth cleansing, therefore causing further complications for the patient. Or the dentist has somehow forgotten to renew his or her license. Whatever the case may be, there is still a possibility that the dentist may be able to restore the dentistry license. Depending on how long the license has expired or has been revoked or suspended, there are different rules that must be followed.

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Illinois license attorneyBeing able to practice in the social work field takes much time and effort. Several years of talking undergraduate and graduate courses pay off in the end. Even though those years may have passed, and you’re efficiently practicing in your chosen field, you will always have to keep taking courses to stay up to date with legal requirements. It is important to keep learning about new social work laws and requirements for the license, to continue working effectively in this practice.

First Time Licensure and Renewal of the Social Work License

If this is your first time obtaining your social work license, you will not need to complete 30 continuing education units (CEU’s) for licensure. A CEU is one credit unit that equals 10 participating hours in an accredited program for licensed social workers. Also, if you are renewing your social work license for the first time, you are not required to complete 30 CEU’s, but you must apply through the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to renew your license.

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