OAR 877-020-0008
Licensing Requirements

To be eligible for an initial clinical social work license, except when the provisions of OAR 877-020-0016 (Licensing of People Qualified in Another Jurisdiction) apply, a person must meet the requirements in sections (1) through (5) of this rule:


The person must complete the requirements in OAR 877-020-0009 (Requirements for Certificate of Clinical Social Work Associate) to receive a certificate of social work associate and must hold a current certificate in good standing, or must have completed the equivalent of this requirement in another state.


The person must be fit to practice social work in Oregon. In making this fitness determination, the board will consider whether the person is subject of an investigation or disciplinary action by a licensing board and the reasons for the action. The board uses the following additional standard and procedure to make a fitness determination:


To be fit to practice social work in Oregon, the person must have demonstrated and must currently have:


Good moral character. For purposes of this rule, lack of “good moral character” may be established by reference to acts or conduct which would cause a reasonable person to have substantial doubt about the individual’s honesty, fairness, or respect for the rights of others or for the laws of the state or nation. The conduct or acts in question should be rationally connected to the applicant’s fitness to practice clinical social work; and


A personal history of conduct that is consistent with the standards contained in division 30 of this chapter of rules.


In the event the person’s history includes conduct that may call into question the person’s fitness, the board will consider, if made available by the person, the amount of time elapsed since the conduct and the person’s relevant conduct since the questioned conduct, including remedial or compensatory actions taken by the person, if appropriate.


The person must complete the requirements of an approved plan of practice and supervision in accordance with the rules in this division of rules.


The person must pass both the examination administered by the board on the subjects listed in section (5)(a) of this rule with a score of not less than 90 per cent and a national examination for clinical social workers administered by an organization approved by the board on the subjects listed in section (5)(b) of this rule. The person may take the national exam any time after having completed 75 hours of supervision required in OAR 877-020-0010 (Plan of Practice and Supervision)(3)(b)(A).


The subjects tested on the exam are:


For the examination on the Oregon statutes and rules:


The contents of ORS 675.510 (Definitions for ORS 675.510 to 675.600) to 675.600 (Duties of board) and OAR chapter 877, which are the Oregon statutes and administrative rules governing the practice standards and responsibilities of a licensed clinical social worker.


Oregon Revised Statutes relating to mental health practice that may be relevant to clinical social work practice.


For the national examination:


Human Development, Diversity and Behavior in the Environment.


Assessment, Diagnosis and Treatment Planning.


Psychotherapy, Clinical Interventions and Case Management


Professional Ethics and Values.

Source: Rule 877-020-0008 — Licensing Requirements, https://secure.­sos.­state.­or.­us/oard/view.­action?ruleNumber=877-020-0008.

Last Updated

Jun. 8, 2021

Rule 877-020-0008’s source at or​.us