While I support the petition because it is widely the standard in other states and does provide oversight for protection of the public, the exam not only adds yet another cost to new professionals. The exam does not require the social worker to demonstrate an awareness of and ability to effectively work with structural inequities among races, classes, sexual orientations and other influences which impact the persons with whom we work. The exam rather disregards difference, something we as social workers pride ourselves on honoring.
This problem goes back to training both in the classroom and the field. While this is an issue for CSWE, the difficulty students have with this exam suggests that we have a great deal of work to do not only with the exam but in our education of all social work students.