There is NO limit on the number of hours of acceptable continuing education you may take online through a Department-approved provider when the course includes live interaction with the instructor and other students.
From the NYS Office of the Professions Social Work Continuing Education Requirement
Beginning January 1, 2015, each Licensed Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) must complete 36 hours of approved continuing education courses for each triennial registration period. No more than 12 hours of continuing education activities in any 36 month period, or one-third of the total hours in periods of other length, may consist of self-study educational activities from New York State Education Department approved providers.
The link below will open a new page (to make it easy for you to come back and register) directing you to the NYS Office of Professions. The site offers information for licensees and entities seeking to be designated as an approved provider of continuing education coursework for licensed master social workers and licensed clinical social workers.
CHI Professional Development, Inc., [#####], is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program.
Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. CHI Professional Development, Inc. maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: MM/DD/YYYY-MM/DD/YYYY.
CHI Professional Development, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0538
CHI Professional Development, Inc. is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider for continuing education for licensed mental health counselors #MHC-0173
CHI Professional Development, Inc. is OASAS certified to provide CASAC renewal and CPP/CPS hours #1343
CHI Professional Development, Inc. is an approved provider of Coursework or Training in Harassment, Bullying and Discrimination Prevention and Intervention required under the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) DASA-#0178