Course Summary

This course does not qualify for the ethics requirement for Maryland social workers.

Practice Level: Beginner

The Code of Ethics of the National Association of Social Workers presents the basic values, ethical principles, and ethical standards of the social work profession. Updated in 2021, the latest version of the code of ethics adds more information and guidance regarding professional self-care and cultural competence than earlier iterations. Upon completing this course, social workers will have the information necessary to apply NASW’s set of values, principles, and standards to their social work practice.

Course Format

This course contains downloadable online lessons (PDF) and a practice test. When you’re ready, purchase the course by clicking the “Add To Cart” or “Enroll” button. This will let you take the test, complete the course evaluation and receive your certificate for CE credits.

Learning Objectives

  1. Describe ethical principles found in the NASW Code of Ethics.
  2. Explain the NASW ethical standards that guide social workers’ conduct.
  3. Apply the NASW Code of Ethics to social work practice.

Course Syllabus


Purpose of the NASW Code of Ethics

Ethical Principles

Ethical Standards

Social Worker’s Ethical Responsibilities to Clients

Social Worker’s Ethical Responsibilities to Colleagues

Social Worker’s Ethical Responsibilities in Practice Settings

Social Worker’s Ethical Responsibilities as Professionals

Social Worker’s Ethical Responsibilities to the Social Work Profession

Social Worker’s Ethical Responsibilities to the Broader Society


NASW Code of Ethics Review Task Force
The task force was appointed by the NASW President and approved by the NASW Board of Directors.

Accreditation Approval Statements

This course does not qualify for NBCC credit., provider #1115, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 08/08/21-08/08/24. Social workers completing this course receive 1 ethics continuing education credit.

Courses have been approved by, as a NAADAC Approved Education Provider, for educational credits. NAADAC Provider #91345 is responsible for all aspects of the programming.

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