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Professional Regulation

Clinical Social Worker Licensure



 

Selecting Type of Application

Apply by examination if you:

  • are requesting approval to take the national Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) clinical examination,  or
  • have already passed the ASWB clinical examination but you do not hold a  current, clinical social work license in another jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia).

Apply by reciprocity if you:

  • have already passed the national ASWB licensing examination,  and
  • hold a current, clinical social work license in another jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory or District of Columbia).

 

Requirements for All Applicants

  • Submit completed, signed and notarized Application for Licensure as a Clinical Social Worker.
  • Enclose the non-refundable processing fee by check or money order payable to the “State of Delaware.”
  • Complete the Criminal History Record Check Authorization to request State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks. Follow the instructions on the authorization form to submit to be fingerprints for the criminal background check.
    • You must meet this requirement even if you recently had a criminal background check done for some other reason.
  • Complete, sign and submit the Delaware Child Protection Registry Request Form to the Department of Services for Children, Youth & Their Families following the instructions on the form.
  • If you have ever held a social work license in another jurisdiction (state, U.S. territory or D.C.), arrange for the Board office to receive verification of licensure from each jurisdiction where you have held a license, sent directly from the jurisdiction to the Board office. ou may use the Verification of Licensure form accompanying the application to request the verification.

If you have never been issued a U.S. Social Security Number (SSN), submit a  Request for Exemption from Social Security Number Requirement. The Privacy Act of 1974, Section 7, requires the following information to be given to all applicants: Applicants for any Delaware professional or occupational license, permit, registration or certificate (other than Gaming permits) are required to provide a U.S. SSN (29 Del. C. §8735(m)). The Division of Professional Regulation uses the SSN primarily to verify identity and safeguard personal information. It may also be used to enforce child support obligation (13 Del. C. §2216) and for other lawful purposes.

 

Additional Requirements for Examination Applicants

In addition to the requirements in the Requirements for All Applicants section above, the following are required for examination applicants:

  • If you were educated in the U.S., have your college or university to send an official transcript of your completed degree directly to the Board office. The college or university must be accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (www.cswe.org).
    • The transcript must clearly show you received a master’s or doctoral degree in social work.
  • If you received your social work education outside the U.S., request an official transcript of the credential evaluation sent directly from the International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service (ISWDRES) to the Board office. To request a credential evaluation, see the application instructions for the International Degree Review at <a he www.cswe.org/International-Degree-Review.
  • If you have already passed the ASWB exam, arrange for the Board office to receive a certified score report, sent directly from ASWB to the Board office. To request the score report, see Score Transfer on the ASWB web site.
  • If you need to take the ASWB examination, you must register online with ASWB, see ASWB Registration Information.
    • For information about the examination, the Candidate Handbook is available on the ASWB web site. The Board office does not provide Candidate Handbooks.
    • The Board determines whether you are eligible to take the examination based on your education.
      • If you are eligible to take the examination, the Board office will notify ASWB. When ASWB receives both the Board’s approval and your registration and payment, ASWB will then send you instructions on how to schedule the exam.
      • If you are not eligible to take the examination, the Board office will send you an explanation notice.
    • ASWB will send the results of the examination to the Board office. If you passed, the Board office will issue your license. If you fail, you must re-register with ASWB to re-take the examination.
    • You have two years from the date of your application to pass.If you have not passed the exam when the two years ends, you must reapply.
  • Arrange for your supervisor to complete and sign the Supervisory Reference Form included with the application. Your supervisor must send it directly to the Board office.
    • The form must document at least 1,600 hours under professional supervision acceptable to the Board.
    • The supervisor(s) must be a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW), master’s level degree social worker (MSW), licensed psychologist, or a licensed psychiatrist.
  • If no LCSW is (or was) available to supervise you, complete and submit a Documentation of Attempts to Secure LCSW Supervision form, included with the application (Section 4.1.1 of the Board’s Rules and Regulations).
  • The application must clearly show the number of your post-MSW degree clinical social work hours. Your clinical experience must consist of at least 3200 hours.

     

    Additional Requirements for Reciprocity Applicants

    In addition to the requirements in the Requirements for All Applicants section above, the following are required for reciprocity applicants:

  • Arrange for the Board office to receive an official score report, sent directly from ASWB to the Board office. To request the score report, see Score Transfer on the ASWB web site.
  • If you hold a current license in another jurisdiction (state, U.S. Territory or District of Columbia) in the same license type for which you are applying and that jurisdiction’s license standards are substantially similar to Delaware, you may be licensed by Reciprocity.
    • Submit a copy of the laws and regulations in each jurisdiction where you hold a current license in the same license type for which you are applying. The Board will determine if the license standards are substantially similar to Delaware’s license standards.
    • If the jurisdiction’s license standards where you hold a current license of the same license type for which you are applying are not substantially similar to Delaware, you must have practiced for at least five years in the past seven years immediately preceding application.
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    Additional Requirements for Reapplication Applicants

    If you previously held a Delaware license that has been expired for over one year or held a Delaware inactive license that has been expired for over three years, you must reapply for licensure. Refer to the Selecting Type of Application section above to reapply.


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