Learn More about Credential Requirements


Credential Requirements

  • Complete the required coursework
  • Complete LiveScan and obtain Certificate of Clearance
  • Finish the required fieldwork
  • Pass the CBEST test

You may apply for the credential only after completing these requirements. 

Keep in mind that you must pass the CBEST test in order to obtain the PPSC. The Credential Analyst’s Office at Sacramento State cannot process your credential application without a passing CBEST score.

Please note: Students are required to find their own placements if they have not completed their fieldwork hours. We do not assist with finding fieldwork placements.

Applying for the Credential

For a list of items to submit, please click on the link that applies to you.

If you are a current MSW II student at Sac State, you need to submit the following:

  • PPSC Verification of Field Requirement Form
  • Copies of MSW II Field Evaluations (Fall 2017 & Spring 2018)
  • Copy of Field Instructor’s/Supervisor’s valid PPSC
  • Copy of passing score on the CBEST
  • Copy of Certificate of Clearance (Important: Your personal profile must be created on the CTC website on or before the day you get your fingerprints taken. You must answer the personal fitness questions and pay for your Certificate of Clearance.)
  • Credential Request Form
  • Unofficial Transcript showing that MSW degree has posted
  • Official bachelor’s degree transcripts (except if from Sac State)
  • Field administrative/verification fee of $1275 (you are not required to pay this fee as you are paying for your field course through main campus)

If you are a post-master’s student who completed fieldwork during your 2nd year of your MSW program, you need to submit the following:

If you are a post-master’s student who completed fieldwork outside of your MSW program, you need to submit the following:

If you are a post-master’s student who is currently working on your fieldwork or will be in the future, you need to submit the following:

Credential Processing

The PPS credential process takes at least three weeks. Once your completed packet is received, the program coordinator will then obtain approval from the Division of Social Work for you to apply for the clear credential.

Once approved, the program coordinator will send all required documentation to Sacramento State’s Credentials Office. The Credentials Office will process your application for completeness and accuracy. They will go online and recommend you to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) for the clear credential.

You will then receive an email from the CTC requesting payment for the clear credential. It takes approximately 7-10 business days after you have been recommended to receive your credential online. You may check on the status of your clear credential on the CTC website.