Core for Social Workers

About the Core for Social Workers Training Program

The California Department of Social Services (CDSS), in cooperation with the Statewide Training Education Committee (STEC), has developed standardized curricula in the Core for Social Workers ("Core") program to be used statewide for the mandatory training of child welfare social workers and supervisors. Instructors are experts in the field of child welfare who use a variety of teaching methods based on adult learning theory and best practices.

Who Should Attend

Core for Social Workers is intended for new child welfare services staff, staff transitioning into new job responsibilities and/or experienced workers who have not received formal training in the standardized core subject areas.

Training Structure

Core for Social Workers fulfills primary standardized core curricula requirements and includes 10 total modules that consist of 29 classes, 22 eLearnings and 9 field activities to be completed over a 10-month period. Participants must complete all Core requirements (classroom, eLearnings and field activities) to receive a certificate of completion and meet state training requirements. Modules 1-7 must be completed within 12 months from initial date of hire and Modules 8-10 must be completed within 24 months of initial date of hire; however, cohorts are scheduled such that all requirements can be met within a 10-month time period.

Additional Training Requirement for Core: CWS/CMS Training

There is a CWS/CMS training requirement for Core in addition to the sequence of classes, eLearnings and field activities outlined here. The CWS/CMS training requirement is fulfilled by completing the first day of our CWS/CMS for New Users training; however, it is strongly recommended that you complete all four days of the training. Students who are not from Consortium counties may register for CWS/CMS for New Users online on this page. Students from Consortium counties may register on this page.

Core for Social Workers Training Schedules

Core 3.0

Core 3.5

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