The Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (BCD) is
the profession’s premier advanced-generalist practice certification.
It embodies the highest standards in the areas of clinical education,
training, and experience. The eligibility criteria for national
board-certification are summarized as follows:
- Master's (or doctoral) degree in social work with coursework
and fieldwork focused on direct practice
- State licensure at the highest clinical level available in
the state(s) where the clinician practices unless exempted by
law or terms of government employment
- Five years/7,500 hours' post-graduate clinical social work
practice, including 3,000 hours under supervision (1,500 hours
supervised by an advanced clinical social worker)
- 40 hours of clinical continuing education in the past three
years, (standard is waived if licensed in a state not requiring
CE by law)
- Successful completion of an application process with clinical
BCD clinicians recertify annually on the basis of currency of
direct practice, 20 hours of continuing clinical education, maintenance
of licensure in good standing (if applicable), and adherence to
ABE's Code of Ethics.
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