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Examination Item Writers—Deadline for applications extended
The deadline for applying to the 2013 class of item writers has passed and we are no longer accepting applications. We will open the application process again in the fall of 2013.
The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Item Writer Program is at the heart of the system designed to provide questions for the social work licensing exams used across the United States and in Canada. This network of trained writers from diverse backgrounds, each selected for their unique social work expertise, is the source for the questions that help to ensure that the public is served by competent, ethical social workers. Writers are needed in all areas of social work practice—BSW, MSW, clinical and advanced non-clinical social workers are encouraged to apply to the program.
Writers accepted into the program are paid $1,000 for 30 questions (called “items”) approved for review by the ASWB Examination Committee. The 30-item contracts are usually completed in six to eight months, and are renewable indefinitely depending on the performance of the writer and the needs of the program. The system is a great way to contribute to the profession, sharpen your own writing and critical thinking skills, enhance your professional portfolio, and earn some extra income.
In order to participate in the program, social workers must:
Because the program only accepts 20-25 participants a year, applicants must undergo a competitive screening process that matches the applicant’s background, demographics, areas of expertise, and aptitude as demonstrated on an assessment instrument with the current needs of the association. The pool of item writers must be well-balanced for diversity in many areas, and often otherwise qualified applicants are not chosen for inclusion due to the needs of the program at any given time. Being selected as an item writer is an acknowledgment of your professional abilities – being denied, however, may simply be a matter of ASWB’s current needs not matching your background. Applicants not chosen are encouraged to reapply during the next cycle.
Applications and screening documents are reviewed during the first three months of the year, and selection announcements are made in April. Mandatory training occurs in July. Item writers will receive continuing education credits for their participation in the training.
The Association of Social Work Boards is the association of social work regulatory bodies in the United States and Canada. The social work licensure examinations developed and maintained by ASWB are used in 49 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and two Canadian provinces in order to assess competency in four examination categories: Bachelors, Masters, Advanced Generalist, and Clinical.
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