Online ICWA 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

Learners looking to start the course right away may do so online with a credit card.



Register using our form with check or purchase order

Learners who need to pay by check or wish to mail in a paper registration simply need to return your completed registration form with payment to:

National Indian Child Welfare Association
5100 S Macadam Avenue, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97239
Or fax your registration to (503) 274-1645

Once your payment has been received and processed, you will receive a confirmation email with a login and password information. (Participants who register online should get a login instantly. Participants who register via mail or fax should allow for three to five business days between NICWA receiving payment and confirmation.) Once registered, you will have six months to finish the course.

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 within six months of first registering.

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.