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BOARD OF LICENSED SOCIAL WORKERS

 

DIVISION 15

REGISTRATION AS A BACCALAUREATE SOCIAL WORKER
AND LICENSURE AS A MASTER'S SOCIAL WORKER

877-015-0105

Rules Applicable to Registration and Licensure

This division of rules describes the procedures and requirements to obtain and renew a certificate of registration as a baccalaureate social worker and a license as a master’s social worker and the requirements regarding surrender and reapplication for a certificate or license. The board may issue a certificate of registration as a baccalaureate social worker or a license as a master’s social worker commencing January 1, 2011.

Stat. Auth: ORS 675.510-675.600, 675.532-675.533, SB 177(2009) & HB 2345(2009)
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.571, 675.532, 675.533, 675.990-675.994 & 675.150
Hist.: BLSW 3-2010, f. 12-15-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11; BLSW 1-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-5-11 thru 12-31-11; BLSW 2-2011, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-11

877-015-0108

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for initial certificate of registration or license, a person must meet the requirements in sections (1) through (6) of this rule:

(1) The person must submit a complete and accurate application on a form provided by the board.

(2)(a) The person must hold the degree described in sub-section (b) of this section from a college or university accredited by a credentialing body recognized by the board. For an initial certificate of registration only, the person may hold the degree described in sub-section (b)(A) of this section from a college or university accredited by or considered in candidacy status by a credentialing body recognized by the board. The Council on Social Work Education and the Canadian Association for Social Work Education are recognized by the Board. The Board accepts determinations of equivalency of foreign degrees by the Council on Social Work Education’s International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service. Submission of proof of foreign degree equivalency and cost of the foreign degree equivalency determination are the responsibility of the applicant.

(b)(A) The degree required for initial registration is a baccalaureate degree in social work.

(B) The degree required for initial licensure is a master’s degree in social work.

(3) The person must be fit to practice social work in Oregon. The board uses the following standard and procedure to make a fitness determination:

(a) To be fit to practice social work in Oregon, the person must have demonstrated and must currently have:

(A) Good moral character. For purposes of this rule, lack of “good moral character” may be established by reference to acts or conduct which would cause a reasonable person to have substantial doubts about the individual’s honesty, fairness, and respect for the rights of others and for the laws of the state and the nation. The conduct or acts in question should be rationally connected to the applicant’s fitness to practice social work; and

(B) A personal history of conduct that is consistent with the standards contained in division 30 of this chapter of rules.

(b) In the event the person’s history includes conduct that may call into question the person’s fitness, the board will consider, if made available by the person, the amount of time elapsed since the conduct and the person’s relevant conduct since the questioned conduct, including remedial or compensatory actions taken by the person, if appropriate.

(4) The person must be fit to practice social work in Oregon. In making this fitness determination, the board will consider whether the person is subject of an investigation or disciplinary action by a licensing board and the reasons for the action.

(5) The person must pass the following examination administered by the Association of Social Work Boards:

(a) For registration as a baccalaureate social worker, the bachelor’s level examination.

(b) For licensure as a master’s social worker, the master’s level examination.

(6) The person must achieve a score of 90 percent on the examination on the Oregon statutes and rules prepared by the board on:

(a) The contents of ORS 675.510 to 675.600 and OAR chapter 877, which are the Oregon statutes and administrative rules governing regulated social work.

(b) Oregon Revised Statutes relating to mental health practice that may be relevant to regulated social work.

(7) In the case of an application submitted to the board prior to January 1, 2013, the requirement in section (5) of this rule to pass a test is not applicable. An application mailed to the board is considered submitted on the date the application is postmarked if it is subsequently received by the board.

(8) In the case of an application submitted to the board by a Clinical Social Work Associate who applies for Licensed Master’s Social Worker licensure after having completed 75 hours of supervision required in OAR 877-020-0010(3)(b)(A), the requirement in section (5)(b) of this rule to pass a test is not applicable.

Stat. Auth: ORS 675.510-675.600, 675.532-675.533, SB 177(2009) & HB 2345(2009)
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.571, 675.532, 675.533, 675.990-675.994 & 675.150
Hist.: BLSW 3-2010, f. 12-15-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11; BLSW 1-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-5-11 thru 12-31-11; BLSW 2-2011, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-11

877-015-0131

Surrender of Certificate of Registration

(1) A baccalaureate social worker or master’s social worker may offer to surrender a certificate of registration or license at any time.

(2) No complaint pending. If no complaint is pending at the time an offer to surrender is received by the board, the board may accept the surrender and void the certificate or license.

(3) Complaint pending:

(a) If a complaint is pending at the time an offer to surrender is received by the board, or after the board has initiated disciplinary action, the offer to surrender may be accepted by the board. The board may make acceptance of the offer to surrender contingent upon terms of a final order in a contested case.

(b) If the surrender is required by a final order in a contested case, the final order may specify whether and under what conditions the holder of the certificate or license may apply for a new certificate or license and may attach conditions that restrict the use of the certificate or license.

Stat. Auth: ORS 675.510 - 675.600, 675.532 - 675.533, SB 177(2009), HB 2345(2009)
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.571, 675.532, 675.533, 675.990 - 675.994, 675.150
Hist.: BLSW 3-2010, f. 12-15-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11

877-015-0136

Reissuance of Certificate of Registration

(1) Following a voluntary surrender under OAR 877-015-0131, the board may issue a new certificate of registration or license if:

(a) The applicant submits a letter to the board explaining the reasons for returning to practice as a regulated social worker;

(b) The board approves the applicant’s proposal to demonstrate competence to hold the certificate of registration. The plan may involve participation in continuing education programs; and

(c) The applicant takes and passes the examination described in OAR 877-015-0108(6) on Oregon statutes and rules.

(2) If the board accepts a voluntary surrender after a complaint was filed with the board against the holder while the complaint is pending, the board may issue the certificate of registration or license under conditions that take into account the circumstances of the surrender and may attach conditions to the registration or licensure, including conditions contained in a final order if one was served in connection with the surrender. The board will not reinstate a certificate of registration or license that has been surrendered. A person who surrenders a certificate of registration or license may apply for a new certificate of registration three years after the date the surrender was accepted by the board.

(3) If the board revokes or refuses to renew a certificate of registration or license, other than for the holder’s failure to timely apply for renewal, the former holder may reapply for a new license at the expiration of three years from the time it was revoked. The board may issue a new certificate of registration or license upon finding the applicant is fit to practice social work and otherwise meets the requirements for registration or licensure and may attach conditions to the registration or licensure, including conditions contained in a final order if one was served in connection with the revocation.

Stat. Auth: ORS 675.510-675.600, 675.532-675.533, SB 177(2009), HB 2345(2009)
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.571, 675.532, 675.533, 675.990-675.994, 675.150
Hist.: BLSW 3-2010, f. 12-15-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11; BLSW 1-2011(Temp), f. & cert. ef. 7-5-11 thru 12-31-11; BLSW 2-2011, f. & cert. ef. 12-29-11

877-015-0146

Inactive Status

(1) Upon written request and certification by a baccalaureate social worker or a master’s social worker who plans not to practice as a regulated social worker in Oregon for an extended period of time, the board may place a certificate or license in inactive status.

(2) A baccalaureate social worker or master’s social worker whose certificate or license is in inactive status is subject to the requirements imposed on baccalaureate social workers or master’s social workers except for the requirement to submit annual reports of continuing education.

(3) At the time a request to be placed on inactive status is submitted, the person making the request must be current on the fees required by OAR 877-001-0020. At the time of the request, and at the time of each renewal of the certificate or license while it is inactive, the baccalaureate social worker or master’s social worker must certify on a form provided by the board that the baccalaureate social worker or master’s social worker will not use a title that indicates the person has an authorization to practice regulates social work while the certificate or license is inactive.

Stat. Auth: ORS 675.510 - 675.600, 675.532 - 675.533, SB 177(2009), HB 2345(2009)
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.571, 675.532, 675.533, 675.990 - 675.994, 675.150
Hist.: BLSW 3-2010, f. 12-15-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11

877-015-0155

Return to Active Status

(1) The holder of an inactive certificate or license may submit a written request to the board to return to active status.

(2) As a condition of approving the request, the board may require the holder to complete continuing education in specified topics. Normally, the board will not impose a requirement to complete continuing education if the period of inactive status is less than two years.

(3) The holder must pass the examination on Oregon statutes and rules described in OAR 877-015-0108 if the request to return to active status is received by the board more than 36 months after the board notified the holder that the certificate or license was inactive.

Stat. Auth: ORS 675.510 - 675.600, 675.532 - 675.533, SB 177(2009), HB 2345(2009)
Stats. Implemented: ORS 675.571, 675.532, 675.533, 675.990 - 675.994, 675.150
Hist.: BLSW 3-2010, f. 12-15-10, cert. ef. 1-1-11

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