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Building a Safe and Strong Oregon | Reopening Criteria

ASWB Exam Updates

Please refer to ASWB's COVID-19 update page for information regarding testing changes and schedules. Their page will also link you to the Pearson Vue COVID updates.


In an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in Oregon and protect employees and the public, the Oregon Board of Licensed Social Workers will be changing the way it provides services at its office in Salem starting Monday, March 23. Offices will closed to the public, but open for business and can be reached by email and phone during regular business hours. In-person interactions between staff and the public will be by appointment only as necessary.


Renewals will continue to be processed online.

Emergency Clinical Social Work License – Individuals licensed in another state/province

The Oregon Board of Licensed Social Workers filed OAR 877-020-0070 that will allow individuals who hold an independent, unrestricted clinical social work license in another state or province to practice clinical social work in Oregon.

Here is a link to the rule:

To apply for the emergency clinical license, send the following items to

·       Pages 1 and 2 from our regular application (ignore the section about fees); Emergency License Application
·       A copy of your license to practice independent clinical social work issued by another state or province;
·       A copy of your current U.S. Passport or driver license; and
·       A statement requesting an Oregon emergency clinical social work license, including if relevant, the agency or organization with whom you will be working.

We would prefer the materials be sent as PDF attachments. There is no fee for this license.

This is not a permanent license. If you want to apply for a regular, ongoing license to practice social work in Oregon, check for a description of the types of applications and for application instructions.


Telehealth Practice In Oregon

The Oregon Board of Licensed Social Workers has not established any specific limitations on licensed social work providers practicing via various forms of electronic communication, for example meeting by telephone or video-conference. The standards regarding ethical practices, ensuring confidentiality of communications, and record-keeping would still apply. In addition, if a social worker is providing services across state lines the social worker will have to ensure that they are in compliance with the requirements of the other state.

Below is a link to the NASW, ASWB, CSWE, and CSWA Standards for Technology in Social Work Practice. These standards offer social work practitioners guidance in utilizing technology in their practice. 

Standards for Technology in Social Work

CSWA's With Changes in Regards to Their Practice

A CSWA whose approved Plan of Supervision is in a school based setting or agency that has closed, and you are no longer able to see clients in any capacity, contact the board and request inactive status until your agency re-opens. If your Plan is in an agency that is no longer seeing clients in-person, your agency may choose to continue to serve clients through telehealth. If you are no longer practicing at all under your Plan you should contact the board and request inactive status until the services resume. If you are not practicing in any capacity you should request inactive status.

You can request inactive status by sending an email to the board at or by using our online CSWA Inactive Status Request form. 

If you are still practicing at some level, be sure to remain in compliance with your supervision requirements.


Supervision In-Person Meeting Requirements

Current BLSW rules require supervision meetings occur in-person or by video-conference. Video-conference meetings are permitted if the initial, final and at least one meeting per quarter occur in-person. Under the current COVID19 social distancing guidance, supervision meetings may all occur by video-conference, or by telephone. There is no need to contact the BLSW for approval to make this adjustment.

COVID19 Resources from the Oregon Health Authority

Health care workers in Oregon can support their community’s response to COVID-19 by registering with SERV-OR and their local Medical Reserve Corps. Visit to learn more and register! #MedicalReserveCorps #ESARVHP

 The State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Oregon (SERV-OR) is putting out a call to licensed health professionals to sign up, train, and deploy in support of the State’s COVID-19 pandemic response. If you have ever thought about volunteering your time, energy, and invaluable medical skills to a worthwhile and potentially life-saving cause, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), fellow health professionals and systems, and all Oregonians could use your help.


New License Renewal System Coming

The Oregon Board of Licensed Social Workers is upgrading our online licensing system. This will impact all renewals, applications, and existing license accessibility.

Watch for messages from the BLSW with instructions for renewals and applications using the new system. We will be needing to confirm a single email address of record for all licensees, so if you have a preference on an email, please feel free to update that at any time.

New Website

As you can see the Oregon Board of Licensed Social Workers has conformed to other state agencies in our new web design. If you do not see what you used to, or cannot find what you need, let us know. We are working hard to help you navigate our website and to be able to get the information you need. 
We want to hear from you. Complete the Website Feedback form.  


ASWB Early Exam Authorizations

ASWB has changed their policies, which no longer allow the Board of Licensed Social Workers to approve ASWB clinical exams prior to being regulated for at least 24 months. We will maintain our 75 hours minimum, but will also require the CSWA to have been certified to practice for 2 years (24 months).


Email Address Changes

Board of Licensed Social Workers has changed email domains. All agency email addresses have changed from to Please be sure to accept our new email addresses in order to ensure all emails are received.


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