Chapter 4757-19 Licensing and Registration of Social Workers

4757-19-01 Requirements for licensure as a social worker.

The requirements for licensure as a social worker are generally set forth in division (A) of section 4757.28 of the Revised Code. With regard to such applicants, the board hereby prescribes:

(A) That the applicant shall apply for a license in accordance with the provisions of rule 4757-1-04 of the Administrative Code; and,

(B) The applicant shall submit the following;

(1) An applicant for licensure shall submit a completed official application form made under oath and all requested information; and

(2) The applicant's education shall be documented by official college transcripts received by the board directly from the college or university. Educational requirements must be met by completion of educational programs at accredited colleges or universities; and

(3) Submit with the application the required fee per paragraph (D) of rule 4757-1-05 of the Administrative Code; and

(4) Documentation necessary for examination approval as required by rule 4757-19-04 of the Administrative Code; and

(5) Applications will be reviewed by the board after all the required information is received. Applicants will be notified by mail or email of the action taken on the application.

(6) Applicants who are denied admission to the examination will be afforded an opportunity for a hearing pursuant to Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.

(C) That the applicant shall meet one of the following educational requirements:

(1) Have a bachelor's degree in social work or a master's degree in social work, or a doctoral degree in social work from an accredited educational institution; which shows evidence of meeting the following coursework requirements;

(a) Six semester hours or their equivalent of coursework in the area of human development and behavior which includes: the social, psychological, and physiological growth of an individual, and the effects of growth of a personality in the social environment.

(b) Six semester hours or their equivalent of social work practice courses taught by an individual with an advanced degree in social work. Coursework shall include methods of social intervention: casework, groupwork, community organization and practice, social research and administration: in addition, three semester hours of coursework or its equivalent in the area of social work research shall be required.

(c) Six semester hours or their equivalent in the social welfare and policy area. Social welfare and policy includes the history of social welfare; policy development and analysis.

(d) Three semester hours or their equivalent shall be required in social work theory which includes the study of the principles which demonstrate various types of bio-psycho-social interventions.

(e) Not less than four hundred clock hours of supervised practicum and/or field experience, with a primary focus on social intervention coordinated by a an individual with an advanced degree in social work.

(f) The program shall reflect continuous effort to enrich the educational experience by incorporating content on social work professional and legal ethics, and racial ethnic and cultural diversity as well as women's issues into the curriculum.

(g) Social work programs which are accredited by "The Council on Social Work Education" (CSWE) are recognized as qualifying degrees in social work.

(2) Have at least a bachelor's degree from an accredited educational institution in a program closely related to social work on or before October 10, 1992.

(a) "A program closely related to social work" means a program that shows evidence of coursework totaling twenty semester hours, or thirty quarter hours, in three areas from paragraphs (C)(2)(a)(i) to (C)(2)(a)(iv) of this rule and field work required in paragraph (C)(2)(a)(v) of this rule with the exception of social workers previously licensed by the state of Ohio who let their license expire, who shall be deemed to have met the requirements for field work in paragraph (C)(2)(a)(v) of this rule:

(i) Human development and behavior: The social psychological, and physiological growth of an individual, and effects on the growth of a personality in a social environment;

(ii) Methods of social intervention: Casework, groupwork, community organization and practice, social research and administration;

(iii) Social welfare and policy: The history of social welfare and policy;

(iv) Social work theory: The study of the principles which demonstrate various types of socio-psychological interventions;

(v) Field work: Not less than four hundred hours of supervised practicum and/or field experience, with a primary focus on social intervention, structured or regulated by a department or program in the behavioral or social sciences.

(b) An applicant with a degree from a program closely related to social work shall demonstrate that the applicant's coursework meets the educational requirements contained in this rule. If a course title does not clearly indicate the content area of coursework named in this rule, the applicant shall provide additional evidence or information about the applicant's coursework to the board. The committee will not accept introductory or survey courses in other disciplines towards meeting the related degree coursework requirements.

(c) All applicants with degrees conferred after October 10, 1992 must have bachelor's, master's or doctoral degrees in social work from accredited educational institutions.

(D) Per division (A) of section 4757.28 of the Revised Code, a social worker license shall clearly indicate each academic degree earned by the person to whom it is issued. Social worker wall certificates shall be prepared using the following acronyms for the degrees noted and only those earned as of the date of issuance. Licensees or registrants may not use a doctorate designation in their professional capacity unless it is related to the field of mental health and is from a recognized accredited educational institution. Related degree licensees shall be so noted on their wall certificates as "Licensed Social Worker - Related Degree."

(1) Bachelor of arts - major social work or a related degree shall be "BA."

(2) Bachelor of social work - major social work shall be "BSW."

(3) Bachelor of science in social work - major social work shall be "BSSW."

(4) Bachelor of science - major social work or a related degree shall be "BS."

(5) Master of social work - major social work shall be "MSW."

(6) Master of arts - major social service administration shall be "MASSA."

(7) Master of science - in social administration major in social work shall be "MSSA."

(8) Master of arts - major social work related degree shall be "MA."

(9) Master of science - major social work related degree shall be "MS."

(10) Doctorate of social work - major in social work shall be "DSW."

(11) Doctor of Philosophy - major in social work shall be "PhD."

(12) Doctorate of related area of mental health - related area of mental health majors shall be "PhD-Other."

Effective: 01/01/2013
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 10/12/2012 and 12/17/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4757.10 , 4757.28
Rule Amplifies: 4757.28
Prior Effective Dates: 2-24-86 (Emer.); 5-22-86; 7-3-97; 7-10-00; 11-4-06; 9-20-07; 9-1-11

4757-19-02 Requirements for licensure as an independent social worker.

The requirements for licensure as a licensed independent social worker are generally set forth in division (A) of section 4757.27 of the Revised Code. With regard to such applicants, the social work professional standards committee hereby prescribes:

(A) That the applicant shall apply for a license in accordance with the provisions of rule 4757-01-04 of the Administrative Code; and,

(B) The applicant shall include with the application the required fee per paragraph (D) of rule 4757-1-05 of the Administrative Code.

(C) That the applicant have:

(1) A master's degree in social work, or a doctoral degree in social work; and,

(2) Two years of supervised social work experience: defined as follows:

(a) "Two years employment experience" means at least two complete years supervised experience which includes three thousand hours of work for a fee, salary or other consideration, during which time the applicant was engaged in the practice of social work and held licensure as a social worker; except that no applicant may be credited with more than fifteen hundred hours of experience during any twelve-month period;

(b) Any supervised experience obtained after October 10, 1986, in the state of Ohio shall be supervised by an independent social worker.

(c) The dates that the supervised experience was obtained, not the date of application, will determine the type of acceptable experience required for an applicant to be licensed as a licensed independent social worker.

(3) That the applicant pass the examination meeting the requirements established by the social work professional standards committee to determine the applicant's ability to be an independent social worker. Applicants shall be pre-approved to take the examination per rule 4757-19-04 of the Administrative Code.

(D) Per division (A) of section 4757.27 of the Revised Code, an independent social worker license shall clearly indicate each academic degree earned by the person to whom it is issued. Independent social worker wall certificates shall be prepared using the following acronyms for the degrees noted and only those earned as of the date of issuance. All bachelor's, master's and doctorate's shall be listed. Licensees or registrants may not use a doctorate designation in their professional capacity unless it is related to the field of mental health and is from a recognized accredited educational institution.

(1) Bachelor of arts - major social work or a related degree shall be "BA".

(2) Bachelor of social work - major social work shall be "BSW".

(3) Bachelor of science in social work - major social work shall be "BSSW".

(4) Bachelor of science - major social work or a related degree shall be "BS".

(5) Master of social work - major social work shall be "MSW".

(6) Master of arts - major social service administration shall be "MASSA".

(7) Master of science - in social administration major in social work shall be "MSSA".

(8) Master of arts - major social work related degree shall be "MA".

(9) Master of science - major social work related degree shall be "MS".

(10) Doctorate of social work - major in social work shall be "DSW".

(11) Doctor of Philosophy - major in social work shall be "PhD".

(12) Doctorate of related area of mental health - related area of mental health majors shall be "PhD-Other".

Effective: 01/01/2013
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 10/12/2012 and 12/17/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4757.10 , 4757.27
Rule Amplifies: 4757.27
Prior Effective Dates: 6-11-85 (Emer.); 9-19-85 (Emer.); 12-19-85; 7-3-97; 11-4-06; 9-20-07

4757-19-03 Requirements for a certificate of registration as a social work assistant.

The requirements for a certificate of registration as a social work assistant are generally set forth in section 4757.29 of the Revised Code.

(A) The applicant shall complete an application as prescribed in rule 4757-1-04 of the Administrative Code and at the time of application shall have received at least an associate degree in social service technology from an accredited academic institution where these standards are met:

(B) A "social service technology degree" is an associate degree from a two-year program where the following minimum curriculum standards are met:

(1) Forty-five quarter hours, or thirty semester hours, of core social service/social work skills, theory, and systems courses including a social service practicum; and,

(2) Twenty-one quarter hours or fourteen semester hours, of related courses such as psychology, sociology, and economics; and,

(3) The applicant shall have received a grade of at least a "C-" in all coursework for the committee to accept it towards meeting the requirements.

(C) Applicants with degrees higher than associates degrees from accredited academic institutions shall provide the committee with evidence that their coursework meets the requirements of this rule.

(D) The application shall be accompanied by the required fee per paragraph (D) of rule 4757-1-05 of the Administrative Code.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 10/12/2012 and 09/20/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4757.29
Rule Amplifies: 4757.29
Prior Effective Dates: 2-24-86 (Emer.); 5-22-86; 7-3-97; 9-20-02

4757-19-04 Social worker examination policy.

(A) Applicants shall have applied for the applicable license per rules 4757-1-04 and 4757-19-01 or 4757-19-02 of the Administrative Code and shall be approved prior to sitting for the examinations. When an applicant is approved they shall receive an approval letter from the board. This letter shall be presented to the testing site for admission to the examination. The letter shall be in effect for six months. If the examination is not taken within the time frame applicants shall request in writing another admission letter.

(1) Applicants who have a bachelor, master or doctoral degree from an accredited educational institution may provide a student copy of their transcript(s) via mail, email or facsimile in order for the board to make an examination approval or disapproval decision.

(2) Applicants in the last term prior to receiving their bachelor, master or doctoral degree in social work from an accredited educational institution may provide a letter, facsimile or email from a professor, the social work department or registrar that states the student is on track to graduate at the end of that term in order for the board to make an examination approval or disapproval decision.

(3) Applicants upon completion of the examination should know that the Board receives the official exam reports directly and promptly from the association of social work boards, "ASWB."

(B) Applicants who fail the examination shall be required to wait ninety days to re-take the examination and shall request in writing a new admission letter be sent from the board.

(C) The social worker professional standards committee shall approve in writing applicants for licensure as social workers and independent social workers to sit for the examination up to four times.

(D) After the fourth attempt, if the applicant has not achieved a passing score, they shall not be approved to re-take the examination until they have completed a total of six semester hours or eight quarter hours of undergraduate or graduate coursework as appropriate or other approved remediation as approved by the board. A plan of correction should be approved in writing by the social worker professional standards committee prior to beginning the coursework.

(E) Related degree applicants shall be approved by the social workers professional standards committee prior to taking the examination and must meet all requirements of paragraph (C)(3) of rule 4757-19-01 of the Administrative Code to be eligible.

(F) Applicants who are denied admission to the examination shall be afforded an opportunity for a hearing pursuant to Chapter 119. of the Revised Code.

Effective: 01/01/2013
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 10/12/2012 and 12/17/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4757.10 , 4757.27 & 4757.28
Rule Amplifies: 4757.27 & 4757.28
Prior Effective Dates: 11/4/06

4757-19-05 Social worker trainee applications.

Registration of training supervision shall be only for master's level students from council on social work education "CSWE" accredited programs who are not licensed as social workers. Applicants for trainee status shall complete the board online application or request form. In order to be approved one of the following documents shall be required.

(A) Provide proof of enrollment in a master's level field education course (practicum/internship/field work). A copy of the university's online enrollment document shall be acceptable; or a letter, email or facsimile from the professor, social work office or registrar stating the applicant is enrolled.

(B) Applicants shall document proof of enrollment using the board's online license verification system at https://license.ohio.gov. Trainee status shall be active only within the dates displayed on that system. The dates of that registration shall be up to four weeks past the end of the term enrolled.

(C) Applicants enrolling for a subsequent field education course need not re-apply, but shall provide proof of enrollment as specified in paragraph (A) of this rule for their existing registration to be extended through the dates of that course.

Effective: 11/04/2006
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 04/10/2009
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4757.10 , 4757.27 , 4757.28
Rule Amplifies: 4757.27 , 4757.28

4757-19-06 Requirements for social work applicants wishing to obtain a temporary social work license.

(A) Applicants who wish to obtain a temporary license shall submit a properly completed licensure application, as provided by the board. The temporary applications shall accompany the actual licensure application unless actual application is already on file with the board.

(B) The temporary application shall be accompanied by the required fee per paragraph (D) of rule 4757-1-05 of the Administrative Code.

(C) The two applications shall be reviewed by a staff member of the board, to determine whether the applicant appears to have the appropriate degrees and/or experience to meet the requirements for the actual license they seek.

(D) If staff determines that the applicant appears to meet the requirements for the license, for which they are applying, a temporary license will be issued to applicant. This temporary license will allow the applicant to work legally in Ohio during the period which it is in effect.

(E) The applicant shall have passed the examination for the license which they seek prior to the issuance of the temporary license.

(F) A temporary license may be issued by the board to an otherwise qualified applicant for licensure as a social worker who has completed the educational requirements for licensure but is awaiting the actual awarding of the degree. To qualify for the temporary license the applicant shall submit with the application a letter from the academic institution which will awarding the qualifying degree indicating:

(1) That they are in good standing with the university;

(2) That they have met all the academic requirements for the degree, and

(3) When the degree will be conferred.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 10/12/2012 and 09/20/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4757.10 , 4757.27 , 4757.28
Rule Amplifies: 4757.27 , 4757.28
Prior Effective Dates: 11-4-06

4757-19-07 Endorsement of a social work license.

(A) An applicant requesting licensure as a social worker or independent social worker via endorsement shall submit to the Board all of the following:

(1) A completed licensure application for the level of licensure for which the applicant is seeking licensure;

(2) The required fee established by the board under paragraph (B) of rule 4757-1-05 of the Administrative Code;

(3) An official statement, which indicates applicant is currently licensed, certified, registered, or otherwise authorized to practice as a social worker or independent social worker in another jurisdiction;

(4) An official statement from any and all jurisdictions where the applicant is currently or has been previously licensed, certified, registered, or otherwise authorized to practice as a social worker indicating whether the applicant is in good standing and whether disciplinary action has been taken or is pending against the applicant;

(5) All transcripts of undergraduate education and, if applicable, graduate education;

(6) If the applicant has taken another jurisdiction's bachelor's, master's, advanced generalist or clinical licensure exam, documentation of whether the applicant passed that exam; and

(7) Any additional documentation requested by the board that would assist the board in making a determination based on paragraphs (B)(1) to (B)(6) of this rule.

(B) The social worker professional standards committee may consider the following factors to determine whether to grant the applicant a license via endorsement:

(1) Whether the applicant possesses a bachelor's, master's and or doctor's degree in social work awarded by an appropriately accredited institution;

(2) Whether the applicant's degree and coursework in social work is substantially similar to the requirements in paragraphs (C)(1) or (C)(2) of rule 4757-19-01 of the Administrative Code;

(3) Whether the applicant for independent social worker has substantially equivalent supervised experience required by division (B)(3) of 4757.27 of the Revised Code and paragraph (B)(2) of rule 4757-19-02 of the Administrative Code;

(4) Whether the applicant has passed a state social worker or independent social worker licensure exam that is substantially similar to Ohio's examination;

(5) Whether the applicant's license is currently in good standing in another jurisdiction and whether applicant has been disciplined in another jurisdiction;

(6) The number of years the applicant has practiced as a social worker or independent social worker in another jurisdiction;

Replaces: 4757-19-07

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 10/12/2012 and 09/20/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4757.18
Rule Amplifies: 4757.18
Prior Effective Dates: 7-3-97; 1-10-08

4757-19-08 Approval of applications for social worker licenses and registration.

Applications for social worker licenses and registration shall be approved per section 4757.16 of the Revised Code and this rule. The staff of the Board shall review all applications and process as follows:

(A) Applications that meet the basic requirements as detailed below shall be approved upon receipt of all applicable parts. Ten per cent of applications approved by staff shall be reviewed by the social worker professional standards committee at the following meeting for quality control purposes.

(1) Applications for independent social worker license that meet the basic requirements for licensure in section 4757.27 of the Revised Code and rule 4757-19-02 of the Administrative Code shall be approved if the following conditions are met:

(a) Process application for independent social worker received with no questions requiring review by the board such as felony convictions, loss of license in another state, etc.

(b) Transcript provided directly from an accredited educational institution of a master's or doctoral degree in social work.

(c) Proof of completion of at least two years of post-master's degree social work experience supervised by an independent social worker.

(d) Proof of passing an examination administered by the board for the purpose of determining ability to practice as an independent social worker.

(2) Applications for social worker license that meet the basic requirements for licensure in section 4757.28 of the Revised Code and rule 4757-19-01 of the Administrative Code shall be approved if the following conditions are met:

(a) Applications for social worker received with no questions requiring review by the board such as felony convictions, loss of license in another state, etc.

(b) Transcript provided directly from an accredited educational institution of a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree in social work.

(c) Proof of passing an examination administered by the board for the purpose of determining ability to practice as a social worker.

(3) Applications for social worker assistant registration shall be approved if the following conditions are met:

(a) Applications for social worker assistant received with no questions requiring review by the board such as felony convictions, loss of license in another state, etc.

(b) Transcript provided directly from an accredited educational institution of an associate degree in social service technology or a bachelor's degree that is equivalent to an associate degree in social service technology or a related bachelor's or higher degree that clearly meets the requirements of rule 4757-19-03 of the Administrative Code.

(B) Complete applications that meet the following conditions shall be held for the social worker professional standards committee review at the next regularly scheduled meeting, if received at least ten days prior to the meeting.

(1) All applications that have answered questions requiring review by the board such as felony convictions, loss of license in another state, etc.

(2) All applications from related degree applicants.

(3) All applications with degrees from non-accredited universities.

(4) All applications which staff is not comfortable approving without the social worker professional standards committee's review.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 12/02/2013 and 12/17/2017
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4757.10
Rule Amplifies: 4757.16
Prior Effective Dates: 9/20/2007