Social work regulation resources for faculty

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


The purpose of licensing in social work is to protect the public by setting and enforcing standards for social work practice.

Protecting the public

Regulation is your assurance that social workers are competent to practice and will interact with clients in an ethical and safe manner.

Spotlight on Regulation

Spotlight on Regulation provides snapshots of jurisdiction requirements that quickly convey key information to users.

Curricular Guide for Licensing and Regulation

ASWB collaborated with CSWE and the NASW Risk Retention Group to develop a free curricular guide focusing on licensing and regulation in social work.

Model Social Work Practice Act

The ASWB Model Social Work Practice Act reflects best practices in social work regulation.

Laws and regulations database

ASWB maintains information about social work regulations and licensure/registration requirements as a service to ASWB members and the public.

Help with federal financial aid disclosure requirements

ASWB has developed a suite of tools to help social work degree programs navigate federal requirements for disclosure of licensing qualifications of graduates.

Technology and social work regulation resources

Curated resources focus on the use of technology in social work practice.

Regulatory research

The 2019–2021 ASWB Strategic Framework directs ASWB to serve as a conduit for and repository of high-quality research about best practices in social work regulation.