ASWB is proud of its collaboration with the Council on Social Work Education and the NASW Risk Retention Group on the newly published Curricular Guide for Licensing and Regulation.
Schools of social work
The goal of ASWB in working with educators is to enter a supportive partnership. The resources that ASWB makes available to schools of social work are tools that can enhance the learning experience of students throughout the students’ educational career.
Examination orientation program
Helping students better understand the licensing exams can help reduce their anxiety about the experience. ASWB offers a Group Review Practice Test that provides sample questions retired from past exams for educators to review and discuss with students in a classroom setting. By reviewing test questions together, educators and students can explore rationales and engage in critical thinking.
The Group Review Practice Test is available to schools of social work accredited by or in candidacy with the Council on Social Work Education or the Canadian Association for Social Work Education. Other resources that are included in the examination orientation program are a user’s guide, and the Examination Candidate Handbook, which provides information about registering for and taking the exam. Group Review Practice Tests are available for Bachelors, Masters, and Clinical licensing exam categories.
ASWB also offers the ASWB Guide to the Social Work Exams, 2nd edition, which can supplement the group review experience. The exam guide offers tips on preparing for the licensing exams, a description of the examination development process and administration procedures, and a list of suggested references.
Path to Licensure
The purpose of the Path to Licensure program is to provide social work educators with educational activities that will help their students understand and embrace licensure as an integral part of their professional development. The Path to Licensure Institute brings together social work educators as scholars who participate in an intensive at ASWB headquarters, conduct research, and implement Path to Licensure programs in their own schools.
ASWB offers schools of social work a school report service of summary pass/fail data of graduates who took the ASWB social work licensing exams. These reports are available only to the individual school of social work and include North American pass rate statistics as well as individual school performance data.
Continuing education providers
ASWB’s Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program was created to help licensing boards evaluate a provider’s ability to offer social workers with effective, relevant course offerings. ACE approval demonstrates that a CE provider has met rigorous standards and that the programs offered are of the highest quality.