National Child Welfare Association

Indian Child Welfare Act Online Training Course


Increase the depth of your understanding of the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978. Take NICWA’s online ICWA training course at your own pace. The provisions of ICWA are explained in non-legal language and presented in the order in which a child welfare worker might encounter them in an ICWA case. Thank you to the Meyer Memorial Trust for support in the creation of this course.

The audience for this program is anyone involved in the out-of-home placement of American Indian children throughout the United States, including social workers from tribal social service agencies; state and county social workers, including staff social workers, supervisors, and training personnel; and social work professors and students.

After completing this course, learners should be able to:

  1. Understand the circumstances that have shaped American Indian child welfare policies that lead to ICWA
  2. Explain the purpose of ICWA
  3. Be able to follow the basic provisions of  ICWA by answering simulated case situations
  4. Know best practices for state child welfare, private child welfare, and tribal child welfare workers when ICWA applies to a child welfare or private adoption case.

Fees and Registration

Individuals - $100 (includes 4.5 CEUs)

Register Online with credit card Register using our form with check or purchase order
Learners looking to start the course right away may do so online with a credit card here. Learners who need to pay by check or wish to mail in a paper registration simply need to submit the  ICWA Online Course Registration Form
Return your completed registration form with payment to:
National Indian Child Welfare Association
5100 SW Macadam Avenue, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97239
Fax your registration with credit card number to (503) 274-1645.
Membership discounts are available for Turquoise memberships and up. Visit the benefits of membership page for more info.

Once your payment has been received and processed, you will receive a confirmation email with a login and password information. (Participants should allow for three to five business days between payment and confirmation.) Once registered, you will have six months to take the final quiz.

Group Contracts
Discounts are available for groups! For more on group contracts, click here.

Course Content and Format

Certification of Completion and Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
This course includes 4.5 CEUs approved by the National Association of Social Workers. It can be used for both learning about ICWA and as a reference while handling an ICWA case. A certificate of completion is available for those who receive a score of at least 80% on the certificate of completion test. Learners who do not pass the test may retake it as many times as they wish.

Length of Course
The course will take about four and a half hours to complete, including the final quiz. It is divided into six sections and can be completed in several sessions. Learners may log in to continue the course at any time.

Technical Requirements
For this course to operate properly, your computer must have sound and an active internet connection.

Group Contracts

Improve your staff’s knowledge of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) of 1978. By providing the Introduction to ICWA course to your staff, they will be prepared to effectively work with ICWA cases. Using NICWA’s learning management system, many staff can be trained on ICWA and each learner can go at their own pace. It can also be helpful with staff turnover as you can have new staff get trained as soon as they start. A group contract for our online course is a great way to train, administer, and monitor your staff’s understanding of ICWA.
Contracts offer groups the opportunity to designate an administrator who will receive monthly reports on the status of their participants. The team leader or administrator of the group can assign the course to their staff as well as monitor their progress on the course. Groups with over 26 or more participants also receive a discounted rate as indicated in the table below.

Group Registration:

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*Note to groups with 24 participants or less: Entering into a contract is optional if your group contains less than 25 people. If you do not care to receive monthly reports on the status of your participants, simply register them using the method indicated for individuals above. 

If you choose to register your group of less than 25 participants as individual registrants, the administrative fee indicated in the table below will not apply to you. Similarly, if you want to register 25 people or more but do not care about reports, you do not need to pay the administrative fee but there is no group discount. You will not be able to track your participant’s individual progress.

Contact NICWA at (503) 222-4044 or by email to register and set up group payment and contract.