Path to Licensure

Prepare your students for professional success as licensed social workers.

The free Path to Licensure program is designed to strengthen faculty and student knowledge of professional regulation and its important connection to public protection and social work values and ethics.

Social work is a licensed profession throughout the United States and Canada. Your students need to understand the steps to get licensed and the responsibility to live licensed.

  • Learn more about licensing and the social work examinations
  • Understand the differences between an aspirational code of ethics and a legally enforceable code of conduct
  • Compare social work regulations in different states and provinces
  • Connect your students with the licensing board in your state or province

Curricular Guide for Licensing and Regulation

Tied to CSWE’s competency-based standards for social work degree programs, this book offers practical strategies and classroom assignments to help students understand their obligations as a licensed professional.

Exam materials for faculty

Helping students better understand the licensing exams can help reduce their anxiety about the experience. By reviewing test questions together, educators and students can explore rationales and engage in critical thinking.

Regulation resources for faculty

Helping your students understand professional regulation and licensing prepares them for their social work careers.

Interest form

If you are a faculty member at a CSWE- or CASWE-accredited school of social work and would be interested in becoming a partner school or would like more information about the Path to Licensure program, please submit the information below.

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