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 year
  • Required 6 hour course on Suicide Risk Assessment and Intervention (see below)

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?

A: As an ASW, you cannot be in your own private practice.  OK to work under someone else’s private practice.


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
        • A: Yes.  Electronically.  $12.  Immediately sent to BBS.
  • Application Forms submitted to BBS (not electronically)
    • Application Form (paper-based, as they need ink signature) $150
    • Complete LiveScan (DOJ/FBI (went to local Police Department) – $84
    • Note: Transcripts will be sent electronically, so need for hardcopy $12
    • Note: When BBS receives application, they will notify me if anything missing
  • ASW Registration Application

Register as an ASW

  • 20210804 – Waiting for the ASW registration number from BBS

Live Scan (for Criminal Background Check)

  • Can be done at local Police Department, County Sheriff, and local Universities

Take and Pass the CA Law & Ethics Exam

  • Don’t need to take the class as I went to a CA school for MSW
  • Within first year after ASW registration, must at least attempt to take the exam (in order to renew ASW)
  • If fail, then need to take the class again
  • For each year, you have to keep attempting to take the exam to renew
  • But… in the 5th year – in order to get a new ASW registration number, you must pass the exam
  • Bottom line — study and pass the exam the first time

Accrue Supervised Experience

Take various additional courses

Take and Pass the ASWB Clinical Exam

Obtain LCSW license


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