BSW Licensure Passes!
Thursday, October 23, 2014
Posted by: Tara Breitsprecher
NASW-PA Achieves Historic Passage of Legislation to Advance SW Profession
Pennsylvania finally has joined 36 other states that have a credential for BSWs. On Oct. 22, 2014, Gov. Tom Corbett signed Senate Bill 807 into law, making it Act 179 of 2014. The legislation was sponsored by Sen. Chuck McIlhinney (R-Bucks).
Senate Bill 807 creates a voluntary license for individuals who graduate with a bachelor’s degree in social work. NASW-PA is confident that providing a credential for BSWs will set them apart from graduates with other degrees, paving the way for more BSWs delivering frontline social work services. Licensure for BSWs protects the public and holds those individuals who operate outside of the NASW Code of Ethics and professional standards accountable. We are confident that outcomes in a variety of areas of social work delivery will improve now that this credential is available.
We encourage graduates and current students to stay connected to NASW-PA to find out more about when the licensing application and exam will be available in Pennsylvania. According to the law, everything could be in place as soon as July 2015. However, the process could take longer because new regulations have to be written to comply with the law. Just like licensure at the master’s level, BSW graduates will have to pay fees to sit for the exam and get the license. There also will be a continuing education requirement for bachelor’s level licensure.
If you attended a Legislative Advocacy Day or contacted a legislator or staff member on behalf of BSW licensure, NASW-PA has a simple message: Thank you! BSW licensure could not have become a reality without the advocacy of many students and professionals over the years. We appreciate your passion and work to help us get this legislation passed!