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LRB-0954/2
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2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
January 19, 2017 - Introduced by Joint Committee for Review of Administrative
Rules
. Referred to Committee on Regulatory Licensing Reform.
AB30,1,5 1An Act to amend 457.08 (1) (c), 457.08 (2) (c), 457.08 (3) (d), 457.08 (4) (d), 457.10
2(4), 457.12 (4) and 457.16 (2); and to create 457.03 (1m) of the statutes;
3relating to: examinations for certification or licensure by the Marriage and
4Family Therapy, Professional Counseling, and Social Work Examining Board
5and requiring the exercise of rule-making authority.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill requires the Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling,
and Social Work Examining Board to promulgate rules establishing examination
requirements for certification and licensure by the board. Under current law, the
board's examinations for certification and licensure must generally test an
applicant's minimum competency in subjects substantially related to the practice of
social work, advanced practice social work, independent social work, clinical social
work, marriage and family therapy, or professional counseling, as appropriate. The
bill specifies that the board's examinations for certification and licensure may
include an examination that tests an applicant's knowledge of state law relating to
the relevant practice.
The bill is introduced as required by s. 227.19 (5) (g), stats., in support of the
objection of the Joint Committee for Review of Administrative Rules to promulgation
by the board of a portion of clearinghouse rule number 15-082. The relevant portion
of the proposed rule provides for the elimination of the requirement that certain
applicants for certification or licensure by the board pass an examination that tests

an applicant's knowledge of state law relating to the practice for which the applicant
is seeking certification or licensure.
For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB30,1 1Section 1. 457.03 (1m) of the statutes is created to read:
AB30,2,52 457.03 (1m) Upon the advice of the social worker section, marriage and family
3therapist section, and professional counselor section, and consistent with s. 457.16,
4promulgate rules establishing examination requirements for certification and
5licensure under this chapter.
AB30,2 6Section 2. 457.08 (1) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB30,2,97 457.08 (1) (c) Passes an examination one or more examinations approved by
8the social worker section to determine minimum competence to practice as a social
9worker as specified in the rules promulgated under s. 457.03 (2).
AB30,3 10Section 3. 457.08 (2) (c) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB30,2,1411 457.08 (2) (c) Passes an examination one or more examinations approved by
12the social worker section to determine minimum competence to practice as an
13advanced practice social worker as specified in the rules promulgated under s. 457.03
14(2).
AB30,4 15Section 4. 457.08 (3) (d) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB30,3,416 457.08 (3) (d) Passes an examination one or more examinations approved by
17the social worker section to determine minimum competence to practice as an
18independent social worker as specified in the rules promulgated under s. 457.03 (2),
19or passes the academy of certified social workers Academy of Certified Social
20Workers
examination administered by the National Association of Social Workers,

1except that the examining board may require an individual who passes the Academy
2of Certified Social Workers examination to also pass an examination approved by the
3examining board that tests the individual's knowledge of state law relating to
4independent social work
.
AB30,5 5Section 5. 457.08 (4) (d) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB30,3,86 457.08 (4) (d) Passes an examination one or more examinations approved by
7the social worker section to determine minimum competence to practice as a clinical
8social worker.
AB30,6 9Section 6. 457.10 (4) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB30,3,1210 457.10 (4) Passes an examination one or more examinations approved by the
11marriage and family therapist section to determine minimum competence to practice
12marriage and family therapy.
AB30,7 13Section 7. 457.12 (4) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB30,3,1614 457.12 (4) Passes an examination one or more examinations approved by the
15professional counselor section to determine minimum competence to practice
16professional counseling.
AB30,8 17Section 8. 457.16 (2) of the statutes is amended to read:
AB30,3,2318 457.16 (2) Examinations shall consist of written or oral tests, or both, requiring
19applicants to demonstrate minimum competency in subjects substantially related to
20the practice of social work, advanced practice social work, independent social work,
21clinical social work, marriage and family therapy, or professional counseling, as
22appropriate, and may include an examination that tests an applicant's knowledge of
23state law relating to the relevant practice
.
AB30,3,2424 (End)
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