Training Matters


Vol. 10, No. 1 • November 2008

Structure of the Training System

Child welfare training sponsored by the North Carolina Division of Social Services is organized in the following way:

100 Series
This series is for those who are just beginning child welfare practice in a county DSS agency. The 100 series builds awareness of basic social work theories and provides practice-related and DSS-specific information. Currently the only course in this series is the pre-service training, Child Welfare in North Carolina. This course must be completed before attending other courses and is required before assuming direct client contact responsibilities.

200 Series
The training events in this series are divided into Tier 1 and Tier 2; both give participants an opportunity to learn about and apply social work theories, procedures, and practices. All child welfare workers and supervisors must complete these courses within the first year of employment.

Tier 1, 200 Series. Courses in this tier build upon the pre-service training by providing participants with extensive information regarding job-specific issues essential to the initial and on-going assessment of children and their families.

Tier 2, 200 Series. Courses in Tier 2 provide child welfare staff with more in-depth knowledge and skills practice regarding job specific information. Child welfare social workers and supervisors must attend the courses in this series that pertain to their job functions (e.g., intake, licensing, etc.).

300 Series
Courses in the 300 series are for staff who possess more than one year’s child welfare experience. These courses refine and expand staff knowledge and skills gained through the 100 and 200 series courses and through on-the-job training. These courses count toward the 24 hours of in-service training required annually by all child welfare staff.

The figure below illustrates the structure of our child welfare training system but is not a comprehensive listing. For a complete listing of courses offered by the system, see the next article or visit

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