How to become a Social Worker in Oregon
Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their social work licensure in Oregon. Most procedures and requirements remain constant over the years; however, it is wise to contact the Oregon Board of Clinical Social Workers at (503) 378-5735 to make sure you are on the right track.
Follow the steps to earn your Oregon Social Work License:
To practice as a social worker in Oregon, you will need to first earn your masters degree in social work from an accredited school.
Request information from schools offering social work degree programs.
Next, you will need to apply to the Oregon Board of Clinical Social Workers for an associate certificate by submitting an application and a plan of supervision. You can download applications from the Oregon Board of Clinical Social Workers website.
When the Board has approved your associate application, you can begin the work experience outlined in your plan for supervision. An associate must meet with their supervisor twice a month for at least 24 consecutive months of clinical practice.
More information about practicing as an associate and qualifying supervisors can be found on the Oregon Secretary of State website.
After completing the supervision plan and all other licensing requirements, you can submit an Oregon social work license application to the Oregon Board for a full clinical licensure.
Download the application packet here.
When the Board has approved your application and the completion of your supervision plan, you will be notified of your eligibility to register and to sit for the Clinical exam developed by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB). Oregon also requires that you pass a law and rules exam administered by the state.
More information about the clinical exam can be found on the ASWB website.
This process can take some time, so being aware of deadlines and keeping your Oregon Social Worker license active is important.