VA Handbook 5005/50, Part II, Appendix G39
BASIC REQUIREMENTS: The basic requirements for employment as a VHA social worker are
prescribed by statute in 38 U.S.C. 7402(b)(9), as amended by section 205 of
Public Law 106-419, enacted November 1, 2000. To qualify for appointment as a
social worker in VHA, all applicants must:
a. Citizenship. Must be a citizen of the United States.
b. Education . Have a master's degree in social work (MSW) from a
school of social work fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
(CSWE). Graduates of schools of social work that are in candidacy status do not
meet this requirement until the school of social work is fully accredited. A
doctoral degree in social work may not be substituted for the master's degree
in social work.
c. Licensure . Person hired or reassigned to social worker
position in the GS-185 series in VHA must be licensed or certified by a state
to independently practice social work at the master's degree level.
GS-11 Social Worker
Experience, Education and
Licensure. Promotion to the GS-11 full
performance level requires completion of a minimum of 1 year of post-MSW degree experience in
the field of health care social work
(VA or non-VA experience) and licensure or certification in a state at the
independent practice level.
NOTE: For appointment licensure or
certification at this level please refer to paragraph 2c.
In addition to meeting basic requirements, a doctoral degree in social
work from a school of social work may be substituted for the required 1 year of
professional social work experience in a clinical setting. In addition, the
candidate must demonstrate the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities.
APPLICANT'S PLEASE NOTE : Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY: Proficiency in the English language is required for direct patient care positions. (P.L. 95-201).
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS : Pre-employment Physical Required.
DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE: The VA has established a Drug-Free Federal Workplace Policy. All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with the VA for a period of six months. This policy extends to random testing for the use of illegal drugs by employees who occupy testing designated positions defined as sensitive in Section 7(d) of Executive Order 12564. This is a testing designated position.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
You will be evaluated on the detailed information submitted in your resume that reflects your knowledge, skills, and ability neccessary to meet the qualification of this position.