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Incorporated in 1979, ASWB is the association of regulatory bodies that oversee social work. The association owns and maintains the social work examinations used across the United States and in some Canadian provinces. ASWB is also a central resource for information on the legal regulation of the social work profession.

ASWB is an organization devoted to public protection, which is the purpose of licensing and professional regulation. Licensing exists to provide state and provincial governments with a way to verify that a social worker has the skills and knowledge necessary to provide a safe level of practice. Licensing also establishes social work practice as a separate and distinct branch of mental health services and gives governments a way to monitor the professional conduct of social workers.

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July 3, 2017

Did You know? The Exam is Changing

Beginning January 2, 2018, the National Social Work exam for all levels is getting an update!

The content areas of the exams are being renamed and reordered to “touch up and refine the details” of the examination categories, "with only a few specific topics receiving more extensive adjustments."

For a list of the major changes on the exam: Click Here

What this Means for Exam Takers

The new exam will begin January 2, 2018.

If you registered to sit for the exam before Dec. 31, 2016, your Authorization to Test requires you to test in 2017.

If you registered to sit for the exam AFTER January 2, 2017, you have two options:

  • Schedule and take the current version of the exam in 2017
  • Or
  • Take the 2018 version of the exam if you schedule your exam date after January 1, 2018.

Just be sure to check the expiration date on your Authorization to Test form.

If you have not yet registered to take the exam, and wish to take the current version of the exam, register with the ASWB as soon as your board approves you to, then schedule your test date before December 31, 2017. According to the ASWB, appointments for test dates fill up fast toward the end of the year.

Study Materials

AATBS is currently working with our exam experts to update our materials to the new version of the exams. For those who purchase a Study Package for the current exam, our Social Work Package Protection Guarantee has you covered. Check out our website for more information.

June 10, 2016

New CE Course for California Law & Ethics Examinees!

The California Law and Ethics course for MFTs, Social Workers, and Counselors is now available! This 12 credit hour course may be required by the Board for candidates who do not pass the California Law and Ethics exam within the specified time frame.

If you do not pass the California Law & Ethics Exam, you may still be eligible to renew your initial registration number by taking this continuing education course.

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