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Social Service Worker (SSW) License

A Social Service Worker is an entry level (bachelor’s degree) social work generalist.   

Unlike master’s level social workers, SSW’s do not need a degree in social work (BSW) to qualify for licensure.  However, applicants without a BSW degree must take additional courses and work under the supervision of a licensed mental health therapist for 2000 hours (in no less than one year) prior to submitting an application for licensure.

Qualifying for an SSW License

*Remember, you must FIRST apply for a license or preapproval form DOPL BEFORE you register to take the exam.

If you have a BSW degree or are in your last semester of study in an accredited or candidate BSW program.

-Print license application available here Utah Social Work Licensing Applications complete it, and submit it (with $85 fee) to DOPL.  You must either submit transcripts verifying awarding of degree or a letter will have been issued from your school verifying that you are in your last semester.

-Receive letter from DOPL confirming you are pre-approved to take the ASWB bachelor’s exam. Letter will provide ASWB exam registration information. YOU HAVE ONE YEAR FROM DATE OF APPROVAL TO PASS THE EXAM

- Register with ASWB to take bachelor’s exam.  To register for the exam, visit the ASWB website at www.aswb.org or call toll-free: 1-888-5SW-EXAM.
Hearing impaired candidate registration/TT (888) 332-EXAM

-SSW license will be forwarded within two weeks after passing the exam and after official transcripts have been reviewed and approved.

If you do not have a BSW degree (Bachelor of Social Work) and you are applying for licensure as an SSW
-Perform and verify 2,000 hours of supervised social work  experience after completing your bachelor's degree (supervision can be provided by a licensed mental health therapist, not just a social worker).  

-Complete or be able to demonstrate that you already completed three semester hours or the equivalent in the following courses: human growth and development, social work practice methods and social welfare policy.

-Print license application from www.dopl.utah.gov, complete it, and submit it (with $85 fee) to DOPL.  Must either submit transcripts verifying awarding of degree or letter from school verifying that you are in your last semester of school.

-Receive letter from DOPL confirming you are pre-approved to take the ASWB clinical exam. Letter will provide ASWB exam registration information.  YOU HAVE ONE YEAR FROM DATE OF APPROVAL TO PASS THE EXAM

- Register with ASWB to take bachelor’s exam.  To register for the exam, visit the ASWB website at www.aswb.org or call toll-free: 1-888-5SW-EXAM.
Hearing impaired candidate registration/TT (888) 332-EXAM
Make sure you complete the "Verification of Supervised Experience for Licensure as a Social Service Worker” form (attached to the application), completed by your supervisor.

-SSW license will be forwarded within two weeks.

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