Become a Social Worker in Alaska

There may be additional methods of certification that have not been covered here. Please contact your state social work licensing department for more information.

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Disclaimer: Due to the rapidly changing nature of social work regulations, for the most up-to-date information on becoming a social working in Alaska, contact the Alaska Social Work Licensing Board

Alaska law recognizes three classes of social workers: Baccalaureate Social Worker (BSW), Master Social Worker (MSW) and Clinical Social Worker (CSW). The requirements are as follows:

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School Program Description
University of Denver
  • Research-driven faculty dedicated to making an impact on social problems
  • Prepares you to apply social work skills across practice settings
Fordham University
  • Four areas of focus: Individuals and Families, Organizations and Community, Evaluation, and Policy Practice and Advocacy
Simmons University
  • Four Clinical Specializations: Child and Family, Trauma and Interpersonal Violence, Mental Health and Addictions, and Health and Aging
  • Three program tracks: Traditional, Accelerated, and Extended
Case Western Reserve University
  • From Case Western Reserve University’s top-10 ranked School of social work
  • Traditional and Advanced Standing tracks available
University of Southern California (USC)
  • Offered by USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, a top-ranked graduate School by U.S. News and World Report
  • Features virtual and in-person field education in or near student’s own communities
Baylor University
  • Ethically integrates faith and social work practice
  • Specialize in clinical practice or community practice

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Alaska CSW (Clinical Social Worker)

Alaska CSW Education RequirementMaster of Social Work (MSW) or Doctor of Social Work (DSW) from a board-approved college or university (defined as CSWE-accredited or part of the University of Alaska)

Alaska CSW Exam: Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Clinical Level Examination

Field Requirement: Two years of continuous full-time employment in post-graduate clinical social work or 3,000 hours of continuous part-time employment over, but not less than two years, within the 10 years before license application. Experience must include 100 hours of direct clinical supervision, with at least 50 hours NOT in group supervision

Fee$325 licensing fee; $100 application fee; $260 ASWB examination fee

Additional Information: Three professional references from a current social work employer, a former social work employer and a social work or public health professional are required.

Endorsement: Available upon board approval

License Renewal: Renewals required by June 30 of every even numbered year, regardless of when certificate was awarded. Requirements for renewal are the successful completion of 45 contact hours of continuing education and payment of a $325 biennial renewal fee.

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Alaska MSW

Alaska MSW Education RequirementMaster of Social Work (MSW) or Doctor of Social Work (DSW) from a board-approved college or university (defined as CSWE-accredited or part of the University of Alaska).

Alaska MSW Exam: Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Master’s Level Examination

Field Requirement: None

Fee: $225 licensing fee; $100 application fee; $230 ASWB examination fee

Additional Information: Three professional references from a current social work employer, a former social work employer and a social work or public health professional are required.

Endorsement: Available upon board approval

License Renewal: Renewals required by June 30 of every even numbered year, regardless of when certificate was awarded. Requirements for renewal are the successful completion of 45 contact hours of continuing education and payment of a $225 renewal fee.

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Alaska BSW (Baccalaureate Social Worker)

Alaska BSW Education Requirement: Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from a board-approved college or university (defined as CSWE-accredited or part of the University of Alaska)

Alaska BSW Exam: Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Bachelor’s Level Examination

Field Requirement: None

Fee: $275 licensing fee; $100 application fee; $230 ASWB examination fee

Additional Information: Three professional references from a current social work employer, a former social work employer and a social work or public health professional are required.

Endorsement: Available upon board approval

License Renewal: Renewals required by June 30 of every even numbered year, regardless of when certificate was awarded. Requirements for renewal are the successful completion of 45 contact hours of continuing education and payment of a $275 renewal fee.

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In order to become a licensed social work practitioner in Alaska, you will need to complete prerequisite coursework, examination requirements, and, in some cases, supervised work requirements. Also, certain levels of social work in Alaska can only be reached after completing an on-campus or online MSW program. We are committed to keeping updated information on Alaska social work licensure policies available to you.

Alaska Social Work Salary

Alaska Social Work Salary
Alaska Social Work Career Average Social Worker Salary
Child, Family and School Social Workers $46,810
Healthcare Social Workers $67,450
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers $47,350
All other Social Workers $59,270
Salary Increase from BSW to MSW +$9,000

Disclaimer: Social Worker Salary information is taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Information about social worker salaries in Alaska is subject to change. Please confirm salary information with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 08/22/2018.

Alaska Social Work Scholarships

TypeLoan Repayment

Amount: Varies

Description: The loan repayment program is available to selected primary care practitioners who sign a three-year memorandum of agreement indicating their commitment to serve in an identified high-needs area and facility. Practitioners must have no outstanding contractual obligations for health professional service to the federal government (e.g., active military obligation or National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program, National Health Service Corps Scholarship Program, Nursing Education Loan Repayment Program, or Nursing Scholarship Program obligation, Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program), or to another state or other entity. National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc. Graduate Scholarship Program
Type
: Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Description: The National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc. (NAJA) was established in 1941 with the purpose of uniting members to render charitable services that are beneficial to the general public, with particular emphasis on children, and to cooperate with other organizations performing similar services. Today, the growing Association continues with the focus of meeting the needs of children and youth in keeping with the NAJA slogan: “Care Today – Character Tomorrow.”

Additional scholarship information is available on the national page of social work scholarships.

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Sponsored Online Social Work Programs

Sponsored Online Social Work Programs
School Program Description
University of Denver
  • Research-driven faculty dedicated to making an impact on social problems
  • Prepares you to apply social work skills across practice settings
Fordham University
  • Four areas of focus: Individuals and Families, Organizations and Community, Evaluation, and Policy Practice and Advocacy
Simmons University
  • Four Clinical Specializations: Child and Family, Trauma and Interpersonal Violence, Mental Health and Addictions, and Health and Aging
  • Three program tracks: Traditional, Accelerated, and Extended
Case Western Reserve University
  • From Case Western Reserve University’s top-10 ranked School of social work
  • Traditional and Advanced Standing tracks available
University of Southern California (USC)
  • Offered by USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, a top-ranked graduate School by U.S. News and World Report
  • Features virtual and in-person field education in or near student’s own communities
Baylor University
  • Ethically integrates faith and social work practice
  • Specialize in clinical practice or community practice

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Licensure information including requirements, renewals, and fees were retrieved as of August 2018. Information may have changed since, check with the state’s board of licensing for more information.