ASWB typically accepts applications for examination item writers in the last quarter of the year. Check aswb.org in September 2019 for information on applying.
Because the item writer program accepts only 20 to 25 participants per 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.
In order to participate in the program, social workers must
- Have a degree in social work.
- Hold a currently valid social work license or Canadian registration.
- Be currently practicing social work (teaching social work courses is also considered practice).
- Complete all application and screening documents.
- Be available to attend a weekend training session during the summer. ASWB pays for travel, meals, and lodging during this training.
- Sign a confidentiality agreement regarding the confidentiality of all examination materials, and an acknowledgment of a prohibition on participating in any licensure examination preparatory courses or materials while writing items for the exam and for a period of five years after leaving the program.
- Sign an agreement prohibiting the writer from taking the examination for a year after leaving the program in any category to which the writer has contributed.
Becoming an item writer 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. Writers accepted into the program are paid $1,500 for 30 questions (called “items”) approved for Examination Committee review. The 30-item contracts are usually completed in six to eight months and are renewable indefinitely depending on the performance of the writer.
How to apply
ASWB will post information about the application process in September 2019.