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") 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 (use the links below to see full list of modules and classes). Classroom days are blocked together and held each month with a duration ranging from two to four days per month. 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.

Download a copy of the Core for Social Workers Overview PDF.

Core for Social Workers Training Schedules for 2019-2020

Sacramento Training Schedule - July 2019 - February 2020 View Details

Davis Training Schedule - September 2019 - April 2020 View Details

Davis Training Schedule - October 2019 - May 2020 View Details

Eureka Training Schedule - January - August 2020 View Details

Anderson Training Schedule - February - September 2020 View Details

Sacramento Training Schedule - March - October 2020 View Details

Davis Fast Track Training Schedule - June - August 2020 View Details

For full details about each Module and its scheduled offerings, select from the list below.