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Board of Social Work Examiners

Due to multiple recent vacancies on staff and increased COVID-related workloads, we are currently unable to return calls and emails within our normal processing times. Our primary focus is on reviewing and issuing licenses at the moment. If you have applied for licensure, please check the online portal ( MY LICENSE) for real-time updates on the progress of your application. Answers to most other questions can be located using the links on the right hand side of the page. Thank you for your patience while we attend to these priorities, and we will respond as soon as possible.

Public Notice

Notice of Proposed Regulations

The Division proposes to update regulations relating to general occupational licensing functions or centralized licensing regulations including repealing or removing outdated regulations and citations, payment plan agreement for initial license fees, temporary license application requirements for military families, continuing education verification requirements, staleness date period for documents, adding application and temporary license fees, etc.

Written comments deadline: 4:30 p.m. on February 4, 2021

Emergency Courtesy License

Due to the COVID-19 emergency declared by the governor, The Board of Social Work Examiners has adopted regulations to allow for an Emergency Courtesy License.

It is Time to Renew Your License!

Click Here to Renew Online

Valid License Numbers Contain Either:

6 numbers
OR
4 letters + at least 1 number

If you have an alpha-numeric license number, you must enter all of the characters in order to renew online. EXAMPLE: ABCD1234

MY LICENSE Online Renewal

Please use our convenient MY LICENSE online renewal application. In most cases your license will be renewed immediately. Due to a heavy volume of renewal activities, processing time for renewal applications received by mail may take up to 4-6 weeks.

If you have not registered, follow these simple steps:

  1. Visit the MY LICENSE customer home page at: ProfessionalLicense.Alaska.Gov/MYLICENSE
  2. If you have an existing myAlaska account, enter your account information. If not, please create an account. You will be redirected to the MY LICENSE customer home page.
  3. Under Access an Existing License, enter your license number and Web Authorization Code, if one has been provided. This information is on your renewal notice.
  4. To renew your license, simply select the license you wish to renew from the Professional Licensing section.

Renewal Notice

Due to the COVID-19 emergency and in line with SB241, the Alaska Board of Social Work Examiners has extended the renewal date to October 30, 2020. All continuing education requirements must be met on or before October 30, 2020.

You are encouraged to review the continuing education requirements outlined under 12 AAC 18.210, as they were updated on March 26, 2020 to include 3 contact hours of teletherapy practice.

Fee Notice

The division director has determined that license fees will not be increased regulationsandpubliccomment@alaska.gov during the COVID-19 emergency. If you have comments or questions about this decision, please email.

COVID-19 MANDATES AND GUIDANCE

The governor has issued a mandate or the board has issued guidance for this program.

Please click here to read how this may affect you.

The Board of Social Work Examiners is staffed by the Division of Corporations, Business, and Professional Licensing. The board consists of two licensed social workers, one licensed master social worker, one licensed baccalaureate social worker and one public member. Board members are appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Legislature. For information about board vacancies and the appointment process, please visit the Governor's Boards and Commissions web page .

The Board adopts regulations to carry out laws governing the practice of social work in Alaska. It makes final licensing decisions and takes disciplinary actions against people who violate licensing laws.

Click here to review a list of tentatively scheduled meetings .

Professions Regulated by the Board

  • Clinical Social Worker
  • Master Social Worker
  • Baccalaureate Social Work

Contact Information

Telephone: (907) 465-2551
Email: SocialWorkExaminers@Alaska.Gov
P.O. Box 110806
Juneau, AK 99811-0806