Continuing Professional Education and Competency

Implications for Social Work Practice


  • Mark R. Marquez Fayetteville State University, USA



Education, Competence, Professional, Social Work


Competent professional practice requires ongoing professional development. Not only to enhance current competency but also to develop the necessary competency to address new and emerging issues within and given profession. Though it has long been understood that a training need exists when an individual lacks the skill or knowledge to perform adequately, many professions, including social work, historically did not pay attention to the relationship between training and improved practitioner performance. However, with public expectations of competent performance and credentialing activities to insure such, the professions are aware that they must maintain high levels of competence and that Continuing Professional Education (CPE) is a valuable tool in achieving such. This article is a discussion of how CPE can play a significant role in developing and enhancing professional social work practice competency.


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Author Biography

Mark R. Marquez, Fayetteville State University, USA

Dept. of Social Work


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How to Cite

Marquez, M. R. (2016). Continuing Professional Education and Competency: Implications for Social Work Practice. International Journal for Innovation Education and Research, 4(7), 156–165.