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North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board Temporary Emergency Rules

Tuesday, April 21, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Valerie Arendt
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NASW-NC has been working on your behalf over the last six weeks to communicate member concerns regarding licensure exam testing, continuing education and supervision requirements during the COVID-19 State of Emergency in North Carolina to the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board.

 

With significant NASW-NC advocacy and feedback, the following temporary emergency rules took effect on April 8, 2020:

  • Clinical Supervision via Technology: The Board shall waive the requirement for licensure that requires preapproval by the Board to engage in more than 20 hours of supervision provided through the use of technology. This waiver will allow for up to half of the required supervision hours to be provided through the use of technology. This expanded definition will only apply until the state of emergency is lifted. All supervision provided through the use of technology shall be synchronous, involve visual and audio interactions throughout the entire session, and shall take place in such a manner as to maintain the confidentiality of the communication.
  • Exam Testing Centers Closed during COVID-19 State of Emergency: The Board shall waive the requirement for licensure that requires applicants for licensure to pass the qualifying examination within two years of the initial application. An applicant who is unable to take the licensing examination prior to the expiration of the associate license due to the testing service locations being closed shall make a written request to the Board. The Board shall provide a limited extension of the licensee's associate license and grant each associate licensee an extension to take the licensing examination not to surpass December 31, 2020.
  • Continuing Education: The Board shall waive the requirement for licensure that allows for half of the required continuing education accepted as distance learning to permit all hours for renewal to be accepted through distance learning and to include a minimum of four contact hours of continuing education focused on ethics related to social work practice and ethical decision making.
    • Important Reminders: Live synchronous audio-video broadcasts allowing for real time interaction between the instructor and participants attended through electronic means counts toward the in-person training requirements.
    • Renewal of certification or licensure shall require 40 contact hours of continuing education credits within each two year renewal cycle. Licensees have until August 30 of the renewal year to renew with a late fee, which allows 60 days after the renewal deadline of June 30 to satisfy the continuing education requirements. However, please note that licensees will not be permitted to practice during the time period that his or her license is expired.
    • All distance learning MUST be pre-approved by NASW-NC or ASWB.

Public comment on these temporary emergency rules is open until May 12, 2020. Comments from the public shall be directed to: Elizabeth N. Pope, NC Social Work Board Certification and Licensure Board, PO Box 1043, Asheboro, NC 27204; phone (336) 625-1679, Ext 226; fax (336) 625-4246; email epope@ncswboard.org.

 

See all updates on the Licensure Board website: www.ncswboard.org

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