Changes to experience requirements for LCSWs coming Jan 1, 2019 (AB 456)

The Governor has signed AB-456 which will make a number of positive changes to the experience requirements for LCSWs effective January 1, 2019.  TYH will be updated with the new requirements on January 1.  Here is a summary of the changes:

  • The total number of hours of experience required  for LCSW licensure is being reduced from 3,200 to 3,000.
  • The maximum number of hours that can be claimed from the “other categories” (individual supervision, group supervision. workshops, seminars, training sessions, or conferences, and client centered advocacy, consultation, evaluation, and research) is being reduced from 1,200 to 1,000.
  • Post-degree hours logged prior to receipt of associate registration will be claimable hours as long as the applicant applies for his/her associate registration within 90 days of graduating.  This change only applies to those who graduate on or after January 1, 2019.  Applicants who complete graduate study on or after January 1, 2020 must obtain this experience at a workplace that requires live scan fingerprinting.

Change to how the Initial License Expiration Date is Calculated

The BBS has changed the way they calculate the license expiration date for licensees who receive their license on or after May 23, 2018.  Going forward the method used to calculate the initial expiration date for new licensees is simply two years in the future on the last day of the month the license was issued (the month of birth is no longer used for the calculation).  The CE requirements have not changed (18 required during first renewal period and 36 required for all subsequent renewals).  TYCEUs has been updated to reflect this change.

90 Day Rule for CSWs

The Governor has signed Assembly Bill 456, which will allow CSWs to use the “90-day rule”.  From January 1, 2019 forward if a CSW applies for an associate number within 90 days of graduating, all post-degree hours (even those logged prior to receipt of the associate number) may be claimed toward licensure.