Licensees who are not practicing social work in the State have two options:
1. Inactive Status: Inactive Status requires a
quick application which can be requested by calling our renewal hotline
at 303.894.2984. Since we are in the middle of renewal, this
application will simultaneously renew their license and place it on
inactive status. An Inactive license still must be renewed every two
years similar to an active license. They will pay the same renewal fee
but will not need to complete the CPD or Healthcare Professions Profile
in order to renew an Inactive License.
2. Lapsed Status: Allowing a license to expire, or
“lapse,” is the other option. This is nearly identical to Inactive
Status except 1) there is no application necessary, and 2) there is no
renewal or renewal fee required to be lapsed. From the Board/regulatory
perspective, lapsed is otherwise identical to inactive. Both entail
the licensee is not actively practicing social work in Colorado and both
have the same requirements to return back to active status. In short,
some licensees simply associate a negative connotation with the words
“Expire” or “Lapse” therefore prefer to pay the money for an “Inactive”
Anyone who is considering going inactive or allowing the
license to lapse, should definitely review the DORA Board rules so they
can prepare accordingly. Reactivating/Reinstating a license requires
the licensee to demonstrate their Continuing Professional Competence and
may additionally require they demonstrate Competency to Practice if
they are inactive/lapsed more than two years.
To reactivate an inactive license or reinstate an
expired/lapsed license, they will need to do the following to
demonstrate their Continuing Professional Competence:
1. Complete the CPD
program requirements including demonstration of their completion of 40
Professional Development Hours accrued within the 2 years preceding the
application to reactive/reinstate.
2. Complete a Healthcare Professions Profile
If the licensee has been inactive/lapsed for more than 2
years they will additionally need to take the Jurisprudence Exam and do
ONE of the following options to demonstrate their Competency to
1. Take the licensure examination
2. Demonstrate they were practicing in a different jurisdiction
3. Accrue an additional 10 Professional Development Hours for each year they were inactive/lapsed.
4. Other means approved by the Board.
The above is a paraphrase so NASWCO strongly encourages these candidates to review the DORA Board Rules.