Board Approved Clinical Supervisor (BACS) – Requirements to Apply & Maintain Designation

Once you click the application button above you will be prompted to sign into your Certemy account which is where you will find and complete the application. Do Not create a new account.

Requirements to Apply for BACS:

  • Hold the LCSW license
  • Verify at least 3 years of full-time social work experience at the LCSW level
  • Complete a board orientation workshop
  • Complete a board pre-approved workshop on the theory and techniques of supervision as well as procedures used in supervision toward licensure
  • 2 signed letters of reference to the board from other professionals (one of whom must be a LCSW) who are familiar with the licensee’s work, including supervision skills

All requirements must be met before the application is approved. Applications are approved every 10 – 15 business days. LCSW must have BACS designation approved before beginning supervision with a LMSW for the purpose of licensure.

Required Training

*Note: the initial board approved clinical supervisor training is 6.5 hours and must be pre-approved by LABSWE. The link above for the registration form is for the training sponsored by LABSWE. The table below lists training provided by other organizations that have been approved.

Requirements to Maintain BACS:

  • Maintain LCSW licensure
  • Appropriately conduct all supervisory duties explicated in 503
  • Complete 3 hours of continuing education in clinical supervision every 2 years

LABSWE offers a limited number of clinical supervision training. Click here for the registration form. Check with the Approval Organizations for Social Work Continuing Education to inquire about clinical supervision training.


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