Steps to Become a Clinical Social Work Candidate (SWC)

  • Some graduates choose to utilize the Clinical Social Worker Candidate (SWC) permit route vs. the Licensed Social Worker (LSW) to obtain their LCSW. Both are great for different reasons based on your job search/career path/employer; however, this route is most often used when a graduate is employed and their employer does not require a LSW.  While the SWC is not a license, this permit allows you to log your clinical hours & supervision prior to taking/passing the Clinical exam.  The SWC is valid for 4 years & is non-renewable.

    All forms/instructions for DORA can be found here.


    STEPS:  SWC:  

    Step ONE:  Juris Prudence Exam - The Colorado Mental Health Jurisprudence Examination assesses knowledge and understanding of laws and regulations set forth in Part 1 (Legislative Declaration) and Part 2 (General Provisions) of the State of Colorado Mental Health Statutes. The only thing that you can do prior to graduation is complete the Juris Prudence Exam. Keep in mind that your exam will expire after 1 year.  Register for the exam.

    Step TWO: Complete your MSW coursework and field requirements & obtain proof of your degree with an official final transcript or a Certification of Masters Education form signed by the GSSW Registrar. 

    Step THREE:  Setup an account with DORA, and recieve your SWC ID number (approx. 72 hrs) from DORA.

    Step FOUR:  Log all experience and supervision hours as soon as you get your SWC certification 

    Step FIVE:  Follow the steps to LCSW licensure.


    NOTE:  Please keep in mind that no school has control over licensure regulations, it is important to continue to be connected to DORA the regulatory body for any updates. 


This portfolio last updated: 30-Sep-2022 2:42 PM