Utah Social Service Worker (SSW) Guide - 2023
AKA: Utah SSW License
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SSWs can practice non-clinical social work services while supervised by an LCSW or mental health therapist.
There are a few ways to fulfill the educational requirement to become an SSW. You need to earn one of the following degrees in the specified area(s).
Here you can find all schools offering social work degree programs in Utah.
When you have earned a bachelor’s degree in a field other than social work, you must accrue 2,000 hours of social work experience. You’re given two years to complete the needed hours, and a licensed mental health therapist must complete the supervision. LCSWs qualify for these supervisory duties. Those with BSWs and MSWs don’t need to take this step.
Each candidate for licensure is required to undergo a criminal background check based on fingerprints. The information is then submitted to the FBI to be compared against their criminal databases. The Board has a list of Criminal History Guidelines for Social Work.
Prior to obtaining a license or beginning any coursework that will lead to licensure, you can send in an Application for Criminal History Determination. The Board will evaluate the form and, after 30 days, return a determination letter informing you whether you can proceed in pursuing a social work license.
Once you reach the last semester of your BSW program, you can ask to take the ASWB Bachelor’s exam. If you’ve already received your degree, you will be able to register on the ASWB website, pay the $230 exam fee, and schedule the test date. The test is designed to assess your general social work knowledge via 170 multiple-choice questions.
Once you’ve met the above requirements and passed the ASWB Bachelor’s exam, you can submit the application for licensure. Use the online services and register on the Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing (DOPL) website. Mailing in the application is another option. Send the form to:Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
The other items needed for your application to be considered complete are:
The verification form is part of the application packet, and a separate one must be filled out for each supervisor you’ve had. When the Board receives all supporting documentation, they will issue you an SSW license.