The Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (BCD), the gold standard for advanced-generalist practitioners, is the only clinical social work certification recognized by the VA as a Tier One credential for extra pay under the VA Special Advancement for Achievement (SAA) program.
Eligibility criteria for BCD board-certification are summarized as follows:
- Master’s degree in social work
- State licensure in clinical social work (defined by V.A. as “advanced practice level”)
- Five years/7,500 hours’ post-graduate clinical social work practice, including 3,000 hours under clinical supervision (at least 1,500 hours supervised by an advanced clinical social worker)
- Currency of direct practice: 3,000 hours of direct clinical social work practice in the past 10 years, including 300 hours in the 12 months prior to applying
- 40 hours of clinical continuing education in the past three years (standard is waived if licensed in a state not requiring CE by law).
Apply for the BCD to establish your clinical expertise and to help qualify for the VA’s SAA pay awards (mandated by federal law).