Step-by-Step Guide to Social Work Licensing in Utah

Part 1- Social Work License Categories and Exam Types: Which is the right one for you?

Types of exams:  Associate; Bachelors; Masters; Advanced Generalist; Clinical.

  • Associate. This examination has been developed for use as a licensure requirement by Member Boards that issue licenses to non-social work–degreed applicants. 
  • Bachelors. This examination has been developed for use as a licensure requirement by Member Boards that issue to individuals with a BSW, upon entry to practice, licenses for basic generalist practice of Baccalaureate Social Work. 
  • Masters. This examination has been developed for use as a licensure requirement by Member Boards that issue to individuals with an MSW, upon entry to practice, licenses for Master’s Social Work practice. The practice of Master’s Social Work includes the application of specialized knowledge and advanced practice skills. 
  • Advanced Generalist. This examination has been developed for use as a licensure requirement by Member Boards that issue to individuals who have an MSW and two years (or commensurate experience as defined by the jurisdiction) of experience in non-clinical settings, licenses for Advanced Generalist social work practice. Advanced Generalist social work occurs in nonclinical settings that may include macro-level practice. 
  • Clinical. This examination has been developed for use as a licensure requirement by Member Boards that issue to individuals who have an MSW and two years (or commensurate experience as defined by the jurisdiction) of experience in clinical settings, licenses for the practice of Clinical Social Work. The practice of Clinical Social Work requires the application of specialized clinical knowledge and advanced clinical skills. 

 

Examination Fees: ASWB charges separate fees for all examinations. It is your responsibility to submit the fees directly to ASWB.   The time limit for the exam: 4 hours

Part 2- Scheduling the Licensing Exam

  • Before you register to take the social work exam you must apply for preapproval through ASWB. 
  • You do this by completing an online application and paying a $60 fee through ASWB's website: http://www.aswb.org/utah/. You will receive a reply from ASWB requesting your transcript(s). Submit all requested documentation.
  • Students in social work who are in their last semester of graduate school will no longer be allowed to take the ASWB exam before finishing their coursework. 
  • The authorization to test for the ASWB Masters exam will be provided by ASWB, once registration is complete, for graduates producing transcripts from a Master of Social Work (MSW) program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education, by the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work, or a doctoral degree that contains a clinical social work concentration and practicum approved by the division. The authorization to test for the ASWB Clinical exam will provided by ASWB, once registration is complete, for individuals who have an MSW and have obtained two years (3,000 supervised training hours) of experience in a clinical setting as a licensed Certified Social Worker (CSW).

 

Part 3: Applying for your CSW License.

  •  Once you have passed your exam, go to www.dopl.utah.gov download, print, and complete the application for the MSW-level license.  You will need your final, official transcripts indicating a conferred degree.  The official transcript is typically not available until the week after graduation and can be obtained through your university’s Registrar’s office.  Do not break the seal on the envelope containing your transcripts!  Once you have completed the DOPL application and enclosed your official transcript allow about 2-3 weeks to receive your official CSW license!

Already licensed in another state. Guidelines for Applying for Licensure by Endorsement 

(Text is taken from the application for licensure. To access the application in its entirety, click here.)

If you are currently licensed as the equivalent of a clinical social worker in another state and have been engaged in lawful practice for not less than 3,000 hours, of which at least 1,000 hours are in mental health therapy, you may apply for Licensure by Endorsement. In addition to the items required by all applicants, you must submit the following:

  • Official verification of license from one or more states in which you are currently licensed. Verifications must cover the time period used to qualify for endorsement outlined above.
  • Official verification of passing the ASWB Clinical Exam. This may be included on the official verification above or from ASWB directly.
  • Verification of Active Practice as a LCSW. NOTE: You must have each employer complete a separate form, and the hours from all forms must total 4,000.

 

Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL)
Telephone Numbers: (801) 530-6628
(866) 275-3675 – Toll-free in Utah
Fax Number: (801) 530-6511