One of the first things that students do upon graduation is to apply for licensing. The application is available on-line from the ASBSWE: http://abswe.state.al.us/applications.htm . This step involves completing forms, paying fees and then scheduling your exam. You will need to be approved by the ASBSWE in order to schedule your exam with the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB): http://www.aswb.org/ . Please review the ASWB’s candidate handbook includes information about how to apply for and take a licensure exam: http://www.aswb.org/pdfs/handbook.pdf.
You will also need to prepare for the exam by studying and review content, based on the UM Social Work curriculum. To study for the licensure test, it is highly recommended that you keep your notes and textbooks from all of your classes as study materials. Additionally, the Social Work Program has study materials available in the Carmichael library. These resources include:
Dziegielewski, S. F. (April, 2010). Preparation for the Social Work Licensure Exam, Bachelors. (Study Guide and Audio CDs). Walton, KY: Siri Productions.
Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences. (2010). Social Work Exam Preparation Guides, Volumes 1- 4. Ventura, CA: Author.
Social Work Examination Services. (2005). Examination Review Program for the Basic Social Work License Exam. Brookline, MA: Author.
Social Work Examination Services. (2001). Examination Review Program for the Basic Social License Exam. Brookline, MA: Author.
Additionally, there are copies of all the course textbooks for all the social work classes on course reserve at the Carmichael Library. Reviewing the content of these textbooks would also help you in preparing for the licensure exam.
The Montevallo Social Work Program also offers a licensure preparation workshop every semester for student, alumni and community members. This three-hour workshop covers: 1) the organization of the examination; 2) the three types of questions on the examination; 3) knowledge of exam test-taking and how to answer a test question; 4) content on the required paperwork for the exam; and 5) knowledge of ways to prepare for the exam. Participants will have an opportunity to complete exam practice questions and discuss the "correct" answer during the workshop. Click here for information on our next workshop.
The UM Social Work Program also offers students, alumni and other community members the opportunity to take practice licensure exams in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences' (BSS) student lounge. You can take a long (4 hour) or short (1 hour) exam, and you will be able to see correct and incorrect answers along with explanations for all questions. To schedule a time to take a practice exam, please contact the BSS Departmental Secretary at 665-6180 or email@example.com/.