TITLE 5
Businesses and Professions

CHAPTER 5-39.1
License Procedure for Social Workers

SECTION 5-39.1-8


§ 5-39.1-8 Licenses.

(a) The department shall issue the appropriate license to applicants who meet the qualifications of the section.

(b) Prerequisites: "Licensed clinical social worker". A license as a "licensed clinical social worker" shall be issued to an applicant who meets the following qualifications:

(1) Has a doctorate in clinical social work from a duly accredited college or university or master's degree from a school of social work accredited by the council on social work education, and

(2) Has satisfactorily completed an examination for this license, or

(3) Has a comparable license, certification, or registration from the state, or another state or territory of the United States that imposes qualifications substantially similar to those of this chapter, as determined by the board.

(c) Prerequisites: "Licensed independent clinical social worker". A license for a "licensed independent clinical social worker" shall be issued to an applicant who meets the following qualifications:

(1) Is licensed under this chapter as a "licensed clinical social worker", and

(2) Has twenty-four (24) months of experience acceptable to the board, under appropriate supervision, and

(3) Has fulfilled the continuing education requirements for this license, and

(4) Has satisfactorily completed an examination for this license, or

(5) Has a comparable license, certification, or registration from the state, or another state or territory of the United States that imposes qualifications substantially similar to those of this chapter.

(d) In addition to these qualifications, an applicant for any of the these titles must prove to the board's satisfaction:

(1) An age of at least twenty-one (21) years;

(2) That he or she merits the public trust;

(3) A United States citizenship or proof of other legal resident status;

(4) An absence of conviction of a felony, which is subject to waiver by the board upon presentation of satisfactory evidence that this conviction does not impair the ability of the person to conduct with safety to the public the practice authorized by this license. The applicant shall bear the burden of proving that his or her conviction does not impair his or her ability to conduct with safety to the public the practice authorized by this license;

(5) An absence of NASW sanction for violation of Code of Ethics, or other state board sanction which is subject to waiver by the board upon presentation of satisfactory evidence that this sanction does not impair the ability of the person to conduct with safety to the public the practice authorized by this license. The applicant bears the burden of proving that his or her sanction does not impair his or her ability to conduct with safety to the public the practice authorized by this license;

(6) That the applicant has not been declared mentally incompetent by any court, and if any decree has ever been rendered, that there has been a subsequent court determination that the applicant is competent; and

(7) Freedom from use of any controlled substance or any alcoholic beverages to the extent that the use impairs the ability of the person to conduct with safety to the public the practice authorized by this license. The applicant bears the burden of proving that he or she is free from use of any controlled substance or any alcoholic beverages that impair his or her ability to conduct with safety to the public the practice authorized by this license.

History of Section.
(P.L. 1994, ch. 77, § 2; P.L. 1994, ch. 102, § 2; P.L. 2001, ch. 169, § 1.)