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Child Welfare Training Academy - Training Requirements

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Social Workers

New Hires

  • You must take pre-service training unless you have proof of completing the program within the past 24 months.

Ongoing Social Workers

  • 30 hours of In-service training is required.


New Supervisors

  • You must complete pre-service: Mastering the Art of Child Welfare Supervision within 8-months of assuming supervisory responsibility.

Supervisors and Program Managers

  • 24 hours of In-service training is required.

Support Workers

  • You must complete the same Pre-service Training as social workers.
  • Tier II training is highly recommended but not required.

Support Workers

  • 30 hours of In-service training is required.


  • New Nurse Care Managers are required to complete 80 hours of Pre-service training.
  • Parts of Tier II training is highly recommended.

Resource Parents

  • Parenting requires ongoing education, from pre-fostering classes to a required number of hours for more advanced
    training (in-service) per year.
  • Many online resources have been approved to help you find the needed classes or and complete these requirements via computer. 
  • See theSOURCE for more information, or
  • Contact the CWTA registration line at (202) 727-5329, or [email protected]