What is a Board Certified Clinical Social Worker?

What it means when your Clinical Social Worker is Board Certified by the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work.
The Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (BCD) is a credential emblematic of advanced practice competency and issued by ABE to those who have achieved high levels of specified clinical education, training, and experience. The following are required for BCD status (summarized):

  • Five years and 7,500 hours of direct clinical practice (including 3,000 hours of supervised clinical practice) 

  • A master's degree in social work with specified clinical course content from a program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education

  • The highest license or certification in the jurisdiction(s) where practice occurs 

  • Successful completion of the BCD examination process. 

Board Certified Diplomate clinicians are re-certified annually on the basis of primary-source verification of state licensure/certification in good standing, a minimum of 20 hours of continuing clinical education, and currency of practice based on 3,000 hours during the past ten years.