You should be thoughtful about your selection of individuals who will prepare your reference forms. At least one academic reference is expected for those students who are recent graduates or are taking courses to prepare for entry into one of the professional degree programs. BSW students are encouraged to ask their field placement instructor. Supervisors at your place of employment or volunteer agency are also good sources of reference. It is important for you to ask each reference to complete the reference form completely (front and back) to detail about your qualifications to become a professional social worker.