If you failed your BBS California Law & Ethics exam, here is information about what to do next.
First, you need to take additional courses before you can re-take the Law & Ethics exam. Specifically, you need 12 hours worth of California law and ethics courses.
You can take courses in person or do it more quickly, and on your own time, online. I chose to do mine through the NASW-California chapter online. I selected four courses, which added up to the total 12 hours.
I even got to do one course for free! Here is a course on the NASW Code of Ethics, worth 2 CEUs (continuing education hours), at no charge.
I paused for a minute, wondering if this course on the national code would count specifically toward the California requirement, but the course details specify that it is eligible to be used towards the 18 hours on law and ethics that California ASWs need to accrue, as well as the biannual 6 hours for California LCSWs renewing their license, so I think we’re OK.
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The letter informing me that I failed didn’t give a lot of instruction on where to find the application to re-apply for the exam—it just directed me to the general BBS website. I had to click around for a while before I found it under Forms and Publications. Let me save you some time -- here is the Request for Re-Examination.
You’ll need to fill out the application, write a check for $100, and include printed certificates of completion for the courses in the packet. I also scanned a copy of the application to keep for my own records.
I sent my packet to the BBS with a tracking number and return receipt, so I can verify that they received it, and then I plan to monitor my checking account to see when they cash my check.
BBS recently updated their site with processing times – minimum of 30 business days for Request for Re-Examination. There is also a mandated 90-day waiting period between exams. That puts me at taking the exam no earlier than mid- or late-May.
When I get approval, I’ll sign up for a test spot online, go back to the PSI location, reflect on the benefits of taking this exam, and do it again! (…and pass!)