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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.

Steps to getting your SSW License

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

* Step 1: Complete the ASWB Exam Pre-approval Application ($60).

* Step 2: Receive email from ASWB providing exam eligibility information. In this email, ASWB will provide instructions for registering for the exam.

* Step 3: Register for ASWB bachelor's exam ($230). Register online or phone at 888-579-3926.

* Step 4: Take the ASWB bachelor's exam, which is administered at testing centers throughout the state.

* Step 5: Receive unofficial score immediately after taking the exam and an official score report will be forwarded to the regulatory board of the state in which you are seeking licensure.

* Step 6: Apply for your SSW license (if in Utah)! If you do not pass the exam, you are eligible to take it again in 90 days.

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University of Utah, College of Social Work Room 229
395 South 1500 East • SLC, UT 84112
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