Q: What are the requirements for social work licensure?
A: The requirements for each type of social work license are listed below.
Licensed Social Worker (LSW): Requires a Master's degree in social work from a CSWE approved school and passage of the Masters, Advanced Generalist, or Clinical level ASWB exam.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW): requires a Master's degree in social work from a CSWE approved program, passage of the Advanced Generalist or Clinical level ASWB exam, completion of two (2) years, 3360 hours post degree supervised experience with at least 96 hours of supervision (48 hours of which must be individual supervision).
In addition to passing the appropriate level ASWB exam, all candidates for social work licensure must also submit a completed, signed application, submit the appropriate fee, and take and pass the Jurisprudence Examination.
Q: Do I have to submit a Social Work application to Colorado prior to taking the exam?
A: Yes, you must submit an application, fee, and an official transcript in a sealed envelope for approval to take the ASWB exam. Passage of both the appropriate level ASWB exam, and Colorado Jurisprudence exam are required to obtain licensure. }
Q: Does Colorado have reciprocity?
A: Colorado does not have reciprocity with any state, however, licensure may be obtained through licensure by endorsement. Licensure by endorsement requires the applicant to send a verification of licensure form to the state where the applicant is currently licensed. That State Board, in turn, would complete the form, verifying what requirements were met for licensure in that state. Upon receipt of the verification form, if the requirements are equivalent for the level of licensure requested, the Colorado Board would accept them as such, and upon receipt of an application, fee, and proof of completion of an approved jurisprudence workshop, issue a license. If the state the applicant is licensed in does not verify requirements met, and/or requirements are not equivalent, the applicant must provide documentation proving such. Read Rule 12 in the Colorado Social Work Examiners Rules for more information.
Q: Can applicants transfer post-degree supervised experience and post-degree supervised hours from another state?
A: Post-degree supervised experience and post-degree supervised hours may be accepted from another state if:
- Experience and supervision were done concurrently.
- After July 1, 1998 the hours were provided by a LCSW, LSW, or equivalent.
- All hours are documented on a Colorado State Social Work Post-Degree Experience and Supervision Form.
Q: Can post-degree work experience and supervision hours completed in another state be used for licensing purposes in Colorado?
A: Yes. Work experience obtained under the supervision of a LCSW or equivalent is acceptable.
Q: Must post-degree work experience requirements be completed before taking the Advanced or Clinical Social Work Examinations?
Q: What is considered a passing examination score in Colorado?
A: Colorado uses the national pass/fail status established by the Association of Social Work Boards (AWSB) Examination Committee. Colorado does not specify nor use numeric scores. For additional information, please refer to the “Exam Development” link on the ASWB web site at: http://www.aswb.org/.
Q: Can I take the Advanced or Clinical Examination and receive the Licensed Social Worker License?
A: Yes. You may pass either the Advanced Generalist or Clinical Examination to fulfill the examination requirement for licensure as a Clinical Social Worker.
Q: How long are examination results valid?
A: See Rule 17(d)(4). Exam Results. Pass/fail examination results will be valid for up to five years after the date of the examination.
Q. How often may a social work license applicant take the Advanced or Clinical Examinations?
A: The Advanced or Clinical Examination may be retaken no sooner than 90 days from the most recent administration of such examination to the failing candidate.
Q: How many hours of post-degree experience and supervision do applicants need?
A: The minimum requirements to be completed over a 24-month period are 3,360 hours of work experience and 96 hours of supervision, of which 48 hours must be face-to-face contact.
Q: Are post-degree supervision forms required from each supervisor?
A: Yes. If multiple supervisors are used to account for post-degree supervision experience, each supervisor must complete a supervision form.
Q: When do social work applicants/therapists need to be listed in the State Database Directory?
A: Social Work applicants who are completing their two-year post degree experience and supervision must either be licensed as a social worker (LSW) OR become listed as an registered psychotherapist in the State Database or Registered Psychotherapists pursuant to §12-43-702.5, C.R.S.
Q: How can I get licensed as a school social worker?
A: Information regarding school social workers must be obtained from the Department of Education. Their phone number is (303) 866-6600.
Q: What is the Jurisprudence Examination requirement?
A: All applicants for Licensed Social Worker and Clinical Licensed Social Worker shall pass a Board approved Jurisprudence Examination as one of the requirements for licensure.
Q: What is the Jurisprudence Examination?
A: The Jurisprudence Examination is designed to test your knowledge, skills, and resources to solve routine and complex practice scenarios. Each question has one correct answer. It is "open book" to encourage the development of personal resources to address practice questions.
Q: How often may a social work license applicant take the Jurisprudence Examination?
A: The Jurisprudence Examination may be taken as often as the applicant needs to take it to Pass. There are no restrictions on the number of times it may be taken.
Q: When are results of the Jurisprudence Examination reported to the applicant?
A: The Office of Licensing within the Department of Regulatory Agencies, Division of Professions and Occupations, sends notice to applicants who fail the Jurisprudence Examination with information from the website on downloading and retaking the examination. Notice is not provided to applicants who pass the examination as they are licensed if eligible.