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License Title:

SOCIAL WORKER, TRAINING CERTIFICATE

Description:

A social worker training certificate allows an individual who has received a bachelor's degree in psychology, sociology, criminal justice or other human service program approved by the SW Section to work as a social worker while attaining courses and experiences that will qualify him or her for the basic social worker certificate.

A social worker training certificate authorizes the holder to use the title "social worker" during the period in which the certificate is valid and a training certificate is needed if an individual wishes to obtain supervised social work experience after completing a degree program. If a person does not need to use the title, "social worker" while training, another avenue to a social work certificate is to seek a bachelor's or master's degree in social work from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. This avenue will qualify an individual to apply directly for a social work certificate. It will not permit him or her to attain an advanced practice or independent social worker certificate or clinical social worker license beyond the basic certificate unless he/she holds a master's degree in social work.

A social worker training certificate is only valid for a maximum of 24 months and may not be renewed. However, the SWTC will expire on the date on which the certificate holder receives the results of the national social work examination if that date occurs before the end of the 24 months. SWTC holders may practice as a social worker and use that title.

If you hold a social worker training certificate and HAVE NOT completed all the requirements for obtaining the social work certificate, and you have failed the national exam, your social worker training certificate (SWTC) must be returned to the Social Worker Section c/o the Department of Safety and Professional Services, and you may only become certificated as a social worker by obtaining a bachelor's or master's degree in social work. You must also stop using the title “social worker.”

If you hold a social worker training certificate and HAVE completed all the requirements for the training certificate, but you have failed the national exam, you must return your social worker training certificate (SWTC) to the Social Worker Section c/o of the Department of Safety and professional Services and you must stop using the title “social worker.” However, you may retake the examination following the 90-day waiting period.

updated 4/13


Licensing Authority:
WI Department of Safety and Professional Services
Marriage & Family Therapy, Counseling & Social Work Examining Board
1400 E. Washington Ave.
P.O. Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935
(608)266-2112   (608)261-7083 fax

http://dsps.wi.gov/Default.aspx?Page=86c72407-106d-4230-819d-af17a6eee782


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