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Clarification on Requirements for Those Renewing their Social Work License for the First Time

Thursday, January 31, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tyler Woodcook
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Clarification on Requirements for Those Renewing their Social Work License for the First Time

There has been some confusion about what the requirements are for people who are renewing their social work licenses for the FIRST time in Pennsylvania. We spoke directly to a representative from the State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors about this issue. We would like to relay the information that we received to you, our members. Please share this information with other social workers who are renewing their licenses for the FIRST time.

Social workers who are renewing their license for the FIRST time should note the following:
  • Those renewing for the first time must take ACT 31 CHILD ABUSE CONTINUING EDUCATION ONLY - they are exempt from suicide prevention, ethics, and from general CE requirements.
  • While they are filling out the renewal form, they will be asked if they have met their suicide prevention requirement, they should answer "YES" that they HAVE met the requirement, because they are exempt from taking it.
  • If they previously answered "NO" to the question above, then they should write a letter stating that they answered "NO" in error, at which point their license will be renewed.
While we always try to give the best and most accurate information regarding your social work licenses in Pennsylvania, we were hearing conflicting information and have had to update our responses accordingly. We apologize if you may have received incorrect information when you called our office, and we are working now to ensure this corrected answer reaches everyone. Please help us spread the word to others!


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