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Professional Regulation

Social Work Grandfather Provision



**APPLICATIONS FOR GRANDFATHER PROVISION ARE NO LONGER BEING ACCEPTED. THE INFORMATION BELOW IS FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY.**

 

When to Apply by Grandfather Provision

If you currently provide services as a Bachelor’s or Master’s social worker, the grandfather provision allows you to become licensed without meeting certain requirements that you would otherwise be required to meet, such as passing the ASWB examination (24 Del. C. §3907).

Applicants for Licensure by Grandfathering:

Be advised that the window for application by grandfathering closes on June 11, 2021. This means that your complete application must be submitted to the Division of Professional Regulation no later than June 11, 2021. You must pay the application fee by that date and upload any required documentation.

For the criminal background check requirement, you must have one of the following:

  • a receipt showing that you were fingerprinted, or
  • an appointment scheduled with the State Bureau of Identification (SBI) on or before June 30, 2021.

To submit proof of your fingerprinting receipt or the scheduled appointment for fingerprinting:

If you are still waiting for your transcripts, you must provide documentation that you have requested the transcripts by uploading the document to your application.
 
If you do not complete the steps outlined above by June 11, 2021, you will be ineligible for licensure by grandfathering. You may apply for licensure by Examination or Reciprocity.
 
§ 3907B. Qualifications of applicant; grandfathering.

(a) Grandfathering period. — (1) The Board shall issue a license to an applicant who meets all the applicable requirements under this section and has submitted a completed, signed application and the applicable fee by June 11, 2021.

(2) If the applicant does not provide all of the information that the Board has requested by June 11, 2021, the application for licensure is considered ineligible for grandfathering and is closed.


Applying for a License in DELPROS

Welcome to Delaware Professional Regulation Online Services, DELPROS. This online licensing portal provides clear instructions to guide you through a simpler application process. For licensure requirements, see the profession’s License Law and Rules and Regulations.

To apply for a license you must create your DELPROS user account. Go to the DELPROS online portal, and then click on Apply/Manage a License and Service Requests. Click the REGISTER button on the left under the “New Users” section, then follow options below to create your account:

  • If you have not previously applied for a Delaware license and do not have a login through the portal, enter and select the “My Information Not Found” option from the dropdown; or
  • If you currently hold or previously applied for a Delaware license, enter your application or license number, then select your record from the dropdown list and follow the prompts to complete the registration process.

If you are already an existing DELPROS portal user, log in with your unique email address and password under the “Existing User” section on the left.

Once you have created your user account you will be logged into your DELPROS e-License Dashboard.

Note: During the application process, you are required to either “upload” a required document or “acknowledge” a required “third-party” form for licensure.

  • Upload means you attach the required document directly to the online application.
  • Acknowledge means that you must verify to having arranged for the document(s) to be mailed directly to the Board office.
  • Third-party forms are documents such as transcripts from schools; employment verifications from a supervisor; or license verifications from another state that require a seal or notary. These forms cannot be uploaded directly to the online application but must be mailed directly to the Board office.

DELPROS allows you to save your incomplete application and return to it later to finish the process. You only have six (6) months to submit your application once you begin.

  • If you do not submit your application within six months of starting it, you will be required to restart the entire online application again.

You may check the status of your application online throughout the entire application process by using the “View Application Status” feature in DELPROS on your e-License dashboard.


Requirements for All Applicants

In addition to submitting the application and fee in DELPROS, you must submit:

  • A State of Delaware and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background check (CBC). Follow the instructions on the Criminal History Record Check Authorization form to arrange to be fingerprinted. Submit both the form and payment to the State Bureau of Identification (SBI). Do not send these forms to the Board office.
    • Allow at least four weeks for the SBI to send criminal history records to the Board office.
    • A new criminal background check is required even if the person recently had a criminal background check done for some other reason.
  • State/Jurisdiction Licensure Verification(s) sent directly to the Board office from each state or jurisdiction in which you currently hold or have ever held a license.


Additional Requirements for Master’s Social Worker Applicants

In addition to submitting the application, fee, and supporting documentation required in the previous section in DELPROS, you must also submit:

  • If you wish to qualify based on ten years’ experience, submit a Verification of Master’s Social Work Experience form showing that you have at least ten years of master’s social work experience in the past twelve years.
  • If you wish to qualify based on experience of one year and education, submit verification of your master’s education AND a Verification of Master’s Social Work Experience form showing that you have at least two years of master’s social work experience in the past four years.
    • U.S. educated – An official college or university transcript sent directly to the Board office showing your completed master’s degree in one of the following:
      • social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (www.cswe.org/Accreditation), OR
      • human services, social and behavioral sciences, psychology, sociology or other related degree from an accredited program as accepted by the Board.
    • Foreign educated – An official credential evaluation of your transcript from the International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service (ISWDRES) showing that you received a master’s degree.


Additional Requirements for Bachelor’s Social Worker Applicants

In addition to submitting the application, fee, and supporting documentation required in the previous section in DELPROS, you must also submit:

  • If you wish to qualify based on three years’ experience, submit a Verification of Bachelor’s Social Work Experience form showing that you have three years of bachelor’s social work experience in the past five years.
  • If you wish to qualify based on experience of two years and education, submit verification of your bachelor’s education and a Verification of Bachelor’s Social Work Experience form showing that you have one year of bachelor’s social work experience in the past two years.
    • U.S. educated – An official college or university transcript sent directly to the Board office showing your completed bachelor’s degree in one of the following:
      • social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (www.cswe.org/Accreditation), OR
      • human services, social and behavioral sciences, psychology, sociology or other related degree from an accredited program as accepted by the Board.
    • Foreign educated – An official credential evaluation of your transcript from the International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service (ISWDRES) showing that you received a bachelor’s degree.

 


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