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Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners
Qualifications of Applicants for the Social Work Examination / Licensure
You must meet the following requirements:
Must be at least 19 years of age
Must be a United States citizen or, if not a citizen of the United States, a person who is legally present in the United States with appropriate documentation from the federal government
Must ascribe to a professional code of ethics developed and adopted by the board. (Administrative Code 850-X-9 Standards of Professional Conduct & Ethics)
Must meet the following additional requirements for the level at which you are applying to be licensed:
  • Bachelor Social Worker:
    • Has a baccalaureate degree in social work from a college or university approved, accredited, or in candidacy granted by the Council on Social Work Education
  • Master Social Worker:
    • Has a Master of Social Work or a Doctor of Social Work from a college or university approved, accredited, or in candidacy granted by the Council on Social Work Education.
  • Independent Clinical Social Worker:
    • Has a Master of Social Work or a Doctor of Social Work from a college or university approved, accredited, or in candidacy granted by the Council on Social Work Education.
    • Has had at least two years of post-master or doctorate experience legally practicing social work under the supervision of a licensed certified social worker.
    • Has a current active license at the Master level if applying as a candidate for the examination.
Before licensure can be granted in Alabama passage of the Association of Social Work Boards Examination for the level in which applying is required.
AL Code 31-13-7 requires all state agencies to document legal citizenship or presence in the US and needs for every person that applies; to print and submit the citizenship page with the required documentation.Click here to download the Citizenship Requirements form.
I have read and understand the application fee is non-refundable.
If you have any questions about whether you meet the qualifications to take the licensure exam, please contact the Board of Social Work Examiners at 334.242.5860
Payments can be made using your Visa, Master Card, American Express, or Discover Card. Once payment is received, your account will reflect a payment to Alabama Interactive, an agent of the Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners.