§ 850-X-4-.02. Reciprocity And Applications From Non-Residents
(1) Reciprocity. Reciprocity shall be granted by the Board to applicants holding active licenses from other states provided equivalency of standards exists. A comparison shall be made between the requirements for licensure under Alabama law and requirements for licensure under the law in the state where the licensee holds an active license. Reciprocity will be granted for whatever level is applicable. Where necessary the Board shall request additional information from the applicant in order to clarify whether or not equivalency exists.
(2) Non-Alabama residents who hold an active social work license from another state of the United States may apply for licensure or certification provided:
(a) the state in which the applicant holds a license or certification requires standards equivalent to Alabama's for licensing or certification;
(b) the applicant agrees to be bound by all the provisions of the State of Alabama law governing social workers, and submits to the jurisdiction of the Board, and agrees to be subject to the investigations and disciplinary actions by the Board; and
(c) The applicant otherwise complies with the provisions of Alabama law and the rules pertaining to the application and certification of social workers in Alabama.
(3) Upon payment of all fees, non-resident applicants who meet all the above requirements and have taken a social worker licensure examination are not required to take the Alabama examination. The non-resident applicant shall complete an Alabama application and provide the necessary information from the resident state that the applicant holds a valid license or certification in good standing issued by the licensing or regulatory agency in the state as attested to by a statement under seal from the agency setting forth:
(a) the type of license or certification held by the applicant and the license or certification number;
(b) the date of licensure or certification and the expiration date of the applicant's current license or certification;
(c) proof of the examination taken by the applicant;
(d) verification of supervision in that state; and
(e) a complete record of any disciplinary actions taken or pending against the applicant.
(4) When a State of Emergency has been proclaimed by the Governor of Alabama, a person with a valid and active social work license from another state may be issued, upon request, a temporary license to practice social work in Alabama as long as Alabama's State of Emergency is in effect.
(5) Military spouse reciprocity applicants must submit a copy of a current social work license from other state(s) along with official military orders showing relocation to and stationed in Alabama.(Repealed and Replaced: Filed October 31, 1997; effective January 1, 1998 (See Rule 850-X-1-.19). Amended: Filed March 8, 2007; effective April 12, 2007. Amended by Alabama Administrative Monthly Volume XXXII, Issue No. 11, August 29, 2014, eff. September 19, 2014, operative October 4, 2014. Amended by Alabama Administrative Monthly Volume XXXIV, Issue No. 12, September 30, 2016, eff. October 30, 2016. Amended by Alabama Administrative Monthly Volume XXXVII, Issue No. 11, August 30, 2019, eff. September 30, 2019.)
Previous Rule 850-X-4-.02, References was repealed and rule .03 was renumbered to .02 as per certification filed March 8, 2007; effective April 12, 2007.
Author: Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners
Statutory Authority: Code of Ala. 1975, § 34-30-24 (1991).
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