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Statistical information on licensed social workers in the U.S. and Canada updated. The bibliography updated to reflect recent research.

Updated on 01 Sep 2013. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 20 February 2017

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Social work regulation protects the public by establishing the qualifications that a professional must possess, by establishing a means of holding professionals accountable, and by having a system for the public to make complaints against allegedly incompetent or unethical practitioners and have them investigated and adjudicated. Certification also exists in various specialty areas of social work practice, as is a function of professional organizations versus governmental regulatory agencies.

Keywords: certification, credentialing, license, licensing, regulation

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