Each applicant seeking to become licensed must meet and/or complete the requirements for the Certificate of Clinical Social Work Associates (CSWA) (ORS 675.530(4); (OAR 877-020-0009). The applicant for Associate must complete and submit the application. Please take note of the sections within the application that may or may not be applicable. Please see the "Previous Experience" section of this page to see instructions for prospective CSWAs who have accrued supervised hours in another jurisdiction.
2. CSWA PLAN OF SUPERVISION
OAR 877-020-0012 REQUIRENTS OF SUPERVISION
(b) The supervisor of the associate:
(A) Must have completed two years of licensed practice.
(B) Must have completed and reported to the board at least six hours of continuing education hours described in OAR 877-025-0006(1) or (2) in techniques of supervision within five years prior to commencing the supervision of an associate.
*Please assure that proof of completion of the 6 credit requirement is available to The Board - if we do not have this on file, you will need to submit the certificate.
*Please assure that all required signatures and initials are in place (this includes the administrative supervisor; the person you report to directly in the workplace).
*Keep in mind that you must meet with your supervisor bimonthly, for one hour each meeting; however you may meet more often if you wish.
*It is best to set up your Plan for the full two years, but it is acceptable to begin your Plan with just individual or group supervision – remembering that of the 100 hours of required supervision, 50 must be done individually. Upon Board approval of your Plan, you will receive official notification.
*To change your plan, refer to the Forms section of our website.
*If an applicant is not located within a 50-mile radius of an LCSW, it is possible that the Board can approve supervision by a non-LCSW mental health professional. Please submit a written request detailing your situation if this is the case, and submit a CSWA SUPERVISION EXCEPTION REQUEST.
Refer to OAR 877-020-0010 (located in DIVISION 20 of the Oregon Administrative Rules) for rules regarding a Plan of Supervision.
3. OREGON STATUTES ADMINISTRATIVE RULES EXAM
Together with Oregon's Rules and Statutes for reference, this is an open-book, self-administered quiz on the Rules and Statutes governing Oregon social workers.
Once completed, the exam should be mailed, faxed, or emailed back to the Board's office for scoring. As applicable, the Oregon Jurisprudence Exam may be required a second time if there are any changes to Oregon's Rules and Statutes prior to licensure.
It is the policy of the Board that all applicants pass the Jurisprudence exam prior to issuance of a license or certificate.
4. FINGERPRINT ID FORM & INSTRUCTIONS
The Board requires all applicants to participate in a nationwide fingerprint-based criminal records check. Applicants have the option of either having fingerprints inked and returned to our office with the ID form, or completing a live scan transmission. Live scan transmission forms should be taken to the live scan agency to ensure that background check results are routed correctly. Please read the instructions with the fingerprints documents carefully.
5. OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT
An official transcript is required as part of the application process and is to be mailed directly from your graduate school to the Board office at 3218 Pringle Road SE, Suite 240, Salem, OR 97302.
Please note on your initial application if the name printed on your transcript differs from your current, legal name.