LCSW Exam Restructure


Information about the exam restructure can be found on the BBS website and the BBS Newsletter.  

LCSW Exam Restructure (January 1, 2016)

LCSW applicants will be required to pass two new exams that replace the existing exams: 

- A California Law and Ethics Exam will replace the Standard Written Exam. It is designed to assess the applicant’s knowledge of and ability to apply legal and ethical standards relating to clinical practice. 

- The National Clinical ASWB (Association of Social Work Boards) Exam will replace the Clinical Vignette Exam. It is designed to assess an applicant’s knowledge of psychosocial principles and methods in treatment and their application, and the ability to make judgments about appropriate techniques, methods, and objectives as applicable to the profession’s scope of practice.

Passing Score Required for Subsequent Renewals

Effective January 1, 2017, individuals cannot be issued a subsequent (second or third) ASW or intern registration without first passing the California Law and Ethics Exam. 

Individuals who apply for a subsequent intern or ASW registration between January 1, 2016, and December 31, 2016, may obtain that registration without first passing the Law and Ethics Exam. However, the applicant must pass the exam before the subsequent registration can be renewed.

*Information taken from the BBS Newsletter

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