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  • Colorado Licensure Information Prior to 7/1/2022

    Made private 7/8/22. Until June 30, 2022 candidates may complete either the Clinical or Masters examination to meet the LSW examination requirement.  Effective July 1, 2022, candidates will be required to complete the Masters exam for the LSW (the Clinical exam will no longer be accepted for the LSW examination requirement).  https://www.aswb.org/colorado/

    For more information on the process & update, see CO Licensure Steps through NASW-CO.

    All forms/instructions for DORA can be found here:  https://dpo.colorado.gov/SocialWork/ApplicationsDocs

    There are two main options for you towards LCSW.  Option (1) Licensed Social Worker (LSW) to LCSW, listed below, and the option (2) Clinical Social Worker Candidate (SWC) to LCSW. Both are great for different reasons based on your job search/employer, but both will get you to the LCSW.  

    Steps:  LSW to LCSW

    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 all MSW coursework & field requirements.  

    Step THREE:  Register for your exam for your LSW license through ASWB.   You can take the GENERAL or CLINICAL exam; however, the CLINICAL exam is encouraged if you think you may want to obtain your LCSW. (Note: You will need a copy of your official/final transcript OR a signed letter from the GSSW Registrar)  ***GSSW was informed of a new ASWB policy on 6/3/21, which states, "Until June 30, 2021 candidates may complete either the Clinical or Masters examination to meet the LSW examination requirement.  Effective July 1, 2021, candidates will be required to complete the Masters exam for the LSW (the Clinical exam will no longer be accepted for the LSW examination requirement). Candidates who receive approval to test before July 1, 2021 will still be eligible to take their examination for the duration of their authorization to test.  -Master of Social Work & -Passing of the Masters or Clinical exam"  Then on 8/18/21 this was updated, "The deadline has been extended until June 30, 2022.  You should be able to find this information on the Colorado State Board website. Thank you. ASWB"

    Step FOUR:  Register with DORA (Note: You will need a copy of your official/final transcript OR a signed letter from the GSSW Registrar, proof of passing your Juris Prudence Exam & your LSW licensure exam.)  You will need to pay the fee.  DORA will then give you your LSW license number.

    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. 

    • All forms/instructions for DORA can be found here:  https://dpo.colorado.gov/SocialWork/ApplicationsDocs
      There are two main options for you towards LCSW.  Option Clinical Social Worker Candidate (SWC) to LCSW, listed below, and the option Licensed Social Worker (LSW) to LCSW. Both are great for different reasons based on your job search/employer, but both will get you to the LCSW. 

      STEPS:  SWC to LCSW:  This license allows you to begin logging your clinical hours & supervision prior to taking/passing the Clinical exam.

      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.

      Step THREE:  Setup and account with DORA.  You will need a copy of your official final transcript OR a signed letter from the GSSW Registrar.  

      Step FOUR:  Begin collecting experience and supervision hours as soon as you get your SWC certification (within approx. 72 hrs) from DORA.

      Step FIVE:  Register for your CLINICAL exam for your LSW license through ASWB. Registration Link Note:  this exam can be taken at any time between graduation and when you register for your LCSW credential.

      Step SIX:  When you complete your experience hours and supervision hours, register with DORA for your LCSW credential. 

      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. 

    • All Forms/instructions for DORA can be found here:  https://dpo.colorado.gov/SocialWork/ApplicationsDocs
      There are two main options for you towards LCSW, see options (1) LSW to LCSW and (2) SWC to LCSW. Both are great for different reasons based on your job search/employer, but both will get you to the LCSW. 
      Option 1:  LSW to LCSW
      Step ONE:  Complete your experience & supervision hours.
      Step TWO:  Retake the 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.   Even though you took this exam prior to your LSW exam, you will need to retake it seeing it expired after 1 year.  Register for the exam.
      Step THREE:  Report your experiene and supervision hours to DORA, to be registered as a LCSW.
      Option 2:  Clinical Social Worker Candidate (SWC) to LCSW
      Step ONE:  Complete your experience & supervision hours (you will have already needed to take the CLINICAL exam with ASWB)
      Step TWO:  Retake the Juris Prudence exam if it has expired.
      Step THREE:  Report experience & supervision hours to DORA, to be registered as a LCSW.
      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. 

    Recording:

    GSSW Career Services & GSSW Professional Advising partnered with the Colorado Society for Clinical Social Work (CSCSW) & the National Association of Social Work, CO Chapter (NASW-CO) on April 5, 2022 to provide GSSW students & alumni information on the licensure process.  

    Panel:  CSCSW Representative:  Liz Schulte, LCSW, CSCSW Board Treasurer & NASW Representative:  Leanne Rupp, LCSW, NASW-CO Executive Director

    Note:  Information will be provided in this session on the Colorado Licensure process.  The Colorado Licensure exam regulations will change July 1, 2022.  This session will discuss regulations prior to and following the changes, so please keep in mind the date that you are viewing this resource.  

     Video Recording  Guide to Licensure in Colorado Powerpoint Presentation

    Forms:
    - Licensure process flowcharts:  Prior to July 1, 2022 
    - LSW Licence Narrative: LSW - Prior to July 1, 2022
    - SWC Permit Narrative: SWC - Prior to 2022-07-01 


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