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Board of Social Work Examiners

Emergency Social Worker Courtesy License

Due to the COVID-19 emergency and in line with SB241, the Alaska Board of Social Worker Examiners have developed a process for Social Worker Courtesy Licensure.

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.

NEW Online application

The Social Work Board of Examiners is pleased to offer a new online application process for social work licenses. The application may be filed through your myAlaska account, and is submitted directly to staff. As your application is processed, you will be able to see real time updates as documents are received and reviewed by staff. You may opt in for email notifications and will receive an email notification each time your file is updated. You will also have the ability to upload some of the required documents.Online applications will be launched for other license types as soon as available.

Please review the instructions for filing an Initial Application online via MY LICENSE.

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

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