Social work licensing requirements

Social work licensing requirements

The University of Nevada, Reno MSW program does not meet the requirements for CSW licensure in Florida.

Social work license requirements: State table
State Does the Program Meet the Educational Requirements for Licensure? Educational Exceptions Available License Educational Requirements Additional Required Coursework/Training Examination Requirements State Board Website
Alabama Yes None LGSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners
Alaska Yes None LMSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination Alaska Board of Social Work Examiners
Arizona Yes None LMSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners
Arkansas Yes None LMSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination
California Yes California does not require licensure to practice social work outside of clinical practice. For LCSW licensure, additional coursework is required. LCSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program 18-hour California Law and Professional Ethics; Child Abuse Assessment and Reporting; Human Sexuality; Alcoholism and Other Chemical Abuse Dependency; Spousal or Partner Abuse Assessment; Detection and Intervention; Aging; Long Term Care; Elder/Dependent Adult Abuse California Law and Professional Ethics Examination required for renewal California Board of Behavioral Sciences
Colorado Yes None LSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Colorado Mental Health Profession’s Jurisprudence Examination and master’s level ASWB examination Colorado State Board of Social Work Examiners
Connecticut Yes None LMSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination Connecticut State Department of Public Health
District of Columbia Yes None LGSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination DC Health
Delaware Yes None LMSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination Delaware Board of Social Work Examiners
Florida Yes Florida does not require licensure for social work practice outside of clinical practice. CSWI Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program to practice social work. For CSWI licensure: (Coursework) Complete 24 semester hours or 32 quarter hours in theory of human behavior and practice methods as courses in clinically oriented services, including a minimum of one course in psychopathology. Courses not considered to be clinically oriented are: policy, administration, organization and communities. (Practicum) A supervised field placement that was part of the applicant’s master’s program, during which the applicant provided clinical services directly to clients. Master’s level ASWB examination Florida Board of Clinical Social Work
Georgia Yes None LMSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination Georgia Social Work Board
Hawaii Yes None LSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination Hawaii Professional and Vocational Licensing, Social Worker Program
Idaho Yes None LMSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination Idaho Board of Social Work Examiners
Illinois Yes None LSW MSW degree None Master’s level ASWB examination Social Work-State of Illinios
Indiana Yes None LSW MSW degree None Master’s level ASWB examination Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board
Iowa Yes None LMSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination Iowa Board of Social Work
Kansas Yes None LMSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination Kansas Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board
Kentucky Yes None CSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination Kentucky Board of Social Work
Louisiana Yes None LMSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination Louisiana State Board of Social Work Examiners
Maine Yes None LMSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination Maine Board of Social Work Licensure
Maryland Yes None LMSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners
Massachusetts Yes None LSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Work
Michigan Yes None LMSW - limited Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination Michigan Board of Social Work
Minnesota Yes None LGSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination Minnesota Board of Social Work
Mississippi Yes None LMSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination Mississippi Board of Examiners for Social Workers
Missouri Yes None LMSW MSW degree None Master’s level ASWB examination Missouri Committee for Social Workers
Montana Yes None License is not required for a graduate of a CSWE accredited program None Montana Board of Behavioral Health
Nebraska Yes None CSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Nebraska Mental Health and Social Work Practice
Nevada Yes None LSW Baccalaureate or master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Bachelor’s level ASWB examination Nevada Board of Examiners for Social Workers
New Hampshire Yes New Hampshire does not require licensure for social work practice outside of clinical practice. Baccalaureate or master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program to be a non-clinical social worker None New Hampshire Board of Mental Health Practice
New Jersey Yes None LSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners
New Mexico Yes None LMSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None New Mexico Jurisprudence Examination and master’s level ASWB examination New Mexico Board of Social Work Examiners
New York Yes None LMSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program Coursework or training in the identification and reporting of child abuse offered by a New York State approved provider Master’s level ASWB examination New York Social Work
North Carolina Yes None CMSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board
North Dakota Yes None LMSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination North Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners
Ohio Yes None LSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board
Oklahoma Yes None LMSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination Oklahoma State Board of Licensed Social Workers
Oregon Yes None LMSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination Oregon Board of Licensed Social Workers
Pennsylvania Yes None LSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors
Rhode Island Yes None LCSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination State of Rhode Island Department of Health: Social Work Licensing
Puerto Rico Yes None Master’s degree from a university recognized by the PR Board of Postsecondary Institutions None Puerto Rico Professional Social Workers
South Carolina Yes None LMSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners
South Dakota Yes None CSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination Social Work Examiners - South Dakota
Tennessee Yes None LMSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination Board of Social Workers - Tennessee
Texas Yes None LMSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Texas Jurisprudence Examination and master’s level ASWB examination Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners
Utah Yes None CSW MSW degree None Master’s level ASWB examination Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
Vermont Yes None LMSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Vermont Jurisprudence Examination and master’s level ASWB examination Vermont Social Work Licensure
Virginia Yes None LMSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination Virginia Board of Social Work
Washington Yes None Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program 3200 hours of post-graduate supervision is required to be licensed as a LCSW Master’s level ASWB examination Washington State Department of Health: Social Worker
West Virginia Yes None LGSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination West Virginia Board of Social Work
Wisconsin Yes None APSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Wisconsin Statues and Rules Examination and master’s level ASWB examination Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
Wyoming Yes None PCSW Master’s degree from a CSWE accredited program None Master’s level ASWB examination Wyoming Mental Health Professions Licensing Board