As of November 2012, DORA updated the Jurisprudence Exam. It is offered on-line only, and some of the content is new (due to changes made in Colorado law and rules). If you took the Jurisprudence Exam previous to Nov 2012 and are applying for a NEW license (not renewal of a license) then you will need to retake the Jurisprudence Exam.
The following info is meant as a guide for the Colorado Jurisprudence Exam given through DORA for licensure. This guide is not intended to be all-inclusive of topics covered on the Exam, as NASWCO has no direct access or knowledge of the exam. The guide has been developed based on the content outline of the exam that DORA provides, and based on understanding of CO statute and DORA Rules that effect social workers.
Be aware: the Jurisprudence Exam is separate and distinct from the National ASWB Exams (which includes the Generalist and Clinical Exams). For info on preparing for that exam see the ASWB website and Exam Prep on our website.
Basics on Taking the Exam
- Exam tests knowledge of state laws and ethical standards that regulate the practice of Social Work in CO
- Given on-line through a DORA website portal; you are given an individual pass code to use to sign in
- Exam fee is currently $18 (subject to change)
- Exam is not timed; you have 60-day period to complete it
- Exam is "open book"; however, this is a misnomer as there IS NO BOOK, rather it is based the volumes of the Colorado Revised Statutes (C.R.S.) and on DORA Board Rules
- If you fail, there is no limit on how many times it can be repeated; but you must wait 10 days and pay the fee again
- There are 45 questions which rotate from a pool of questions; they are weighted by importance in scoring
- Test results are calculated on a scale of 200 - 800; a minimum score of 500 is needed to pass
- Upon completion, you are Issued a Results Report; print it out & follow the instructions regarding license application
- Upon sign up, you agree to DORA's Terms & Conditions, read it carefully; the exam is under copy right and may NOT be reproduced, copied, transcribed, photographed, etc., or shared
Exam Resources & Links
Statute: Mental Health Practice Act, CRS Title 12-43. See DORA website or LexisNexis.
- Disclosure of Confidential Info - CRS 12-43-218
- Mandatory Disclosure - CRS 12-43-214
- Prohibited Activities - CRS 12-43-222
- DORA Board Duties - CRS 12-43-203
- Disciplinary Proceedings - CRS 12-43-224
- Social Work section - CRS 12-43-Part 4
DORA Board: Social Work Rules and Regulations
- Records Required & Record Retention - Rule 16, page 18
DORA Board: Social Work Practice Policy(s)
- Teletherapy - 30-1, page 8
- Dual Relationships - 30-2, page 9
Statute: Care & Treatment of Persons with Mental Illness (CRS Title 27-65)
- Emergency Procedure (72-hour hold) - CRS 27-65-105
- Who May Effect a 72-hour Hold - see CRS 27-65-105, part II, A thru E
- Age of Consent to Mental Health Treatment - CRS 27-65-103 (2)
Statute: Children's Code (CRS Title 19)
- Persons Required to Report Child Abuse & Neglect - CRS 19-3-304
Statute: Wrongs to At Risk Adults
- Mandatory Reports of Abuse and Exploitation of at-risk elders and at-risk adults - CRS 18-6.5-108
The Chapter offers an Jurisprudence Info Session by recorded webinar. Free for members or $75 for non-members. Register/purchase from the website store here.
NASW: Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice
NASW Colorado Chapter: Practice Guidelines
Jurisprudence Exam Overview - Instructions from DORA
Jurisprudence Exam - Online User Guide, Outline and Exam Resources