Licensure by endorsement resources
In 2018, ASWB membership adopted licensure by endorsement as the best mobility model for social work licensing. Endorsement allows social workers to move more easily between jurisdictions.
Social workers who hold a valid license in one U.S. state or territory may need to practice in another—whether in person or via technology. Endorsement streamlines the application process because it recognizes that an active license in good standing from another jurisdiction is evidence of competent practice.
- Endorsement is an understanding that all U.S. regulatory authorities employ due diligence and best practices for applicants to initially obtain a social work license.
- Social workers who receive a license through endorsement can keep that license in good standing, regardless of whether their original license is retained.
- Research shows that most social workers hold only one license at a time, making endorsement an efficient mobility solution.
Learn about progress toward licensure by endorsement on MovingSocialWork.org, ASWB’s information hub for social work practice mobility.
Social work licensing compact
In 2021, the profession of social work was selected by the Council of State Governments to receive technical assistance in developing a nationwide licensing compact. ASWB is pleased to be assisting with this effort.
The key to social work practice mobility
ASWB has prepared talking points about licensure by endorsement. Feel free to use and share this information to support your education and advocacy efforts.
Social work practice mobility implementation
ASWB has prepared talking points about its mobility implementation strategy.
Model Social Work Practice Act
The ASWB Model Social Work Practice Act reflects best practices in social work regulation.
Looking for specialized guidance about implementing endorsement in your state or territory? Request a board consultation from ASWB.