Board of Registration of Social Workers Policy

POLICY BULLETIN REGARDING LICENSURE BY RECIPROCITY

Enacted December 6, 2005

The Board of Registration of Social Workers voted today to adopt the following policy guidelines. These policy guidelines are intended as a recommended protocol for the profession to follow. The Board utilizes these and other guidelines as an internal management tool in formulating decisions that relate to the field of social work.

Policy No. 06-01

Purpose:

To provide guidance to applicants seeking to obtain a license to practice social work in Massachusetts through reciprocity.

Policy:

To obtain licensure by reciprocity in Massachusetts, the Board requires that applicants possess a current, valid license from another state, territory, or political subdivision of the United States under standards substantially equivalent to the requirements in Massachusetts.

Discussion:

Under G.L. c. 112, § 132, the Board is permitted to license without examination an applicant who satisfies the board that he or she has passed an examination and is or has been licensed or registered under the laws of another state, territory, or political subdivision of the United States under standards substantially equivalent to the requirements in Massachusetts. While the statute authorizes the Board to license all applicants who meet the above-cited criteria, the Board has discretion to set additional requirements for licensure by reciprocity. G.L. c. 112, § 132. Additional requirements for licensure by reciprocity are set forth in 258 C.M.R. 9.07. In addition, to ensure that applicants for licensure by reciprocity are sufficiently qualified for licensure in Massachusetts without examination, the Board further mandates that at least one of an applicant's out-of-state license be current.