On August 26, 2021, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts issued Executive Order 21-12 (expiring December 31, 2021) which provides waivers of specific statutes and applicable regulations due to a hospital capacity emergency. You can view the Executive Order here.
License types (click here for list) that were deferred per Executive Order 20-10 had their expiration dates extended to 10/31/21 and must be renewed by that date.
On August 26, 2021, Governor Pete Ricketts issued Executive Order 21-12 which suspends the Continuing Competency/Continuing Education requirements as a requirement for renewal for the following professions: medicine and surgery (MDs), advanced practice nursing, emergency medical services, mental health, drug and alcohol counselors, nursing, osteopathic medicine and surgery (DO), pharmacy, perfusion, psychology, respiratory care, and surgical assistants. The Continuing Competency/Education questions remain on the renewal application and will be processed regardless of how you answer the questions.
NOTE: If the license has already been renewed, this deferral and extension does not apply.
To renew, click here. After the renewal processing is complete, the license will reflect the next regularly scheduled expiration date. Click here to print a wallet card to verify the renewed license.
View 172 NAC 94, regulations relating to Independent Mental Health Practitioners, Mental Health Practitioners, Marriage and Family Therapists, Professional Counselors, and Social Workers, in the regulations and statutes box on the right side of this page.
For a brief summary of the regulation changes, click here.
Types of credentials issued by Nebraska:
For information on exemptions from Licensure, please see Regulations: 172 NAC 94
Certification Types (title protected):
CMSW or CSW: Anyone may provide “social work" activities/services. Social work activities do not require certification (or licensure); however, you must be certified in Nebraska in order to represent yourself as a Social Worker in Nebraska.
Social work is the professional application of social work values, knowledge, principles, and methods in all areas of social work practice. CSW's cannot practice privately, independently, or autonomously and cannot provide mental health services.
*Adding a certification to your license allows you to use a different title - it does not offer a different scope of practice/activity.
Mental Health Practitioner
Certified Social Worker
The examination required is determined by the area of your degree and what type of credential(s) you apply for in Nebraska. See section 010 of the regulations.
For information relating to teh NBCC examinations (NCE and NCMHCE), click here.
How do I register to take an examination?
The testing registration process is a two-part process.
Expiration Dates and Continuing Education:
Nebraska does not review or approve CE offerings.
If your credential expires, use the following to reinstate:
DHHS Licensure Unit
Attn: Mental Health
PO Box 94986
Lincoln NE 68509-4986
Nebraska State Office Building
301 Centennial Mall South
14th & M Streets, 1st Floor
Lincoln NE 68508
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed federal holidays.