Social Worker

Social worker is a practitioner who by accepted academic training and social work professional experience possesses the skill to achieve the objectives as defined and set by the social work profession, through the use of the basic methods and techniques of social work (case work, group work, and community organization) which are designed to enable individuals, groups and communities to meet their needs and to solve the problems of adjustment to a hanging pattern of society and, through coordinated action, to improve economic and social conditions, and is connected with an organized social work agency which is supported partially or wholly from government or community solicited funds.

Board refers to Professional Regulatory Board of Social Workers.

Except as otherwise specifically allowed in Republic Act No. 4373, a written examination is required to be undergone by all applicants for registration as social workers.

Applicants for social worker board examination shall, at the time of filing his or her application, establish to the satisfaction of the Board:
a. He or she is a citizen of the Philippines.
b. He or she is at least twenty-one years of age.
c. He or she in good health and is of good moral character.
d. He or she has received a diploma as a holder of a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree or its equivalent in social work from an institution, college or university duly accredited and legally constituted: Provided, That the provisions of Republic Act No. 2260 insofar as cultural minorities are concerned be applied.
e. He or she has completed a minimum period of one thousand case hours of practical training in an established social work agency under the direct supervision of a fully trained and qualified social worker.

Scope of Social Worker Board Examination

The scope of the written test shall be determined and prescribed by the Board, taking into consideration the curriculum of all the social work courses offered in schools legally constituted in the Philippines.

Based on Sec. 14 of R. A. 4373, in order to pass the examination, an examinee must obtain a general rating of at least seventy percent (70%) in the written test, with no rating below fifty percent (50%) in any subject.

Oath of Profession

All successful examinees shall be required to take a professional oath before the board or any government official authorized by PRC to administer oaths, before entering the practice of social work.

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