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California Social Work Exam Changes

Landscape A change re changes to come from the California BBS.  (Not in California? This doesn't apply to you.) The planned shift to the national ASWB exam--plus a CA Law and Ethics exam--is being postponed till 2016. For the time being, it's business as usual: Standard Written followed by Clinical Vignette...followed by licensure!  For lovers of legalese, here's how it looks in the statute:

(a) Effective January 1, 2016, an applicant for licensure as a clinical social worker shall pass the following two examinations as prescribed by the board:

  (1) A California law and ethics examination.

  (2) A clinical examination.

(b) Upon registration with the board, an associate social worker registrant shall, within the first year of registration, take an examination on California law and ethics.

(c) A registrant may take the clinical examination only upon meeting all of the following requirements:

  (1) Completion of all education requirements.

  (2) Passage of the California law and ethics examination.

  (3) Completion of all required supervised work experience.

(d) This section shall become operative on January 1, 2016.

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