E2E – Income-earning position as Clinical Social Worker (ASW Cert)

End-to-End (E2E) actions towards income-earning Clinical ASW Social Worker

Note: The following are the steps towards being registered as an ASW (Associate Social Worker), including requirements for building hours and taking various classes (eg Ethics), towards LCSW (Licensed Clinical Social Worker).

Several changes since 20210101, with X-REF to CA Bills, are explained here

  • Registration fee now $150 (up from $75), which renews every XXX
  • Required 6 hour course on Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention

Q: What is SB803?

A: Provides a pathway towards Peer Support Specialist Certification (PSSC).

Q: What are concerns of a SW doing private practice in CA?



Steps towards Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW)

X-REF to this link for details

License Requirements

  • Education:
    • Master’s degree in Social Work from Accredited School of Social Work
      • Note: I have this – MSW from University of Southern California (USC)
    • Electronic Transcripts
      • Note: Need to confirm USC can submit electronic transcript requests to BBS
      • Note: Form A & B is Transcripts and Education verification forms
  • Application Forms submitted to BBS (not electronically)
    • Application Form
    • Complete LiveScan Form
    • Note: Transcripts will be sent electronically, so need for hardcopy
    • Note: When BBS receives application, they will notify me if anything missing
  • ASW Registration Application


Register as an ASW


Live Scan


Criminal Background Check


Take and Pass the CA Law & Ethics Exam


Accrue Supervised Experience


Take and Pass the ASWB Clinical Exam


Obtain LCSW license



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