According to the Association of Social Work Board all 50 states have laws which govern social work practice and each set their own criteria to obtain licensure. There is no reciprocity between states, you must reapply to change your license to another state and be aware regulations may be different. Most states require an application, school transcripts, passing a background check, and exam.

Review the state's licensure requirements and application materials on the Licensing Board or College Websites, Statutes and Administrative Rule webpage (find your state).

LSW Exam Study Sessions

2017 Details & Sign-up

Association of Social Work Boards

The Association of Social Work Boards is the organization that produces the required licensure examinations for 49 states. The process of applying for licensure is located on the website.

Identify if an exam is required and which exam you must pass. About licensing and regulation.

Exam materials - Online practice test

ASWB is seeking licensed social workers to help set passing score standards for licensing examinations  

The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) is looking for social work subject matter expert volunteers interested in participating in the meeting that will review performance standards and recommend the passing scores for new social work licensing examinations to be released in 2018. This meeting will bring together social workers from across the United States and Canada to focus on the demonstration of social work competency through the examination process.

Appointed members will be required to attend a two-day meeting in Herndon, Virginia, Friday, May 19 - Saturday, May 20, 2017.  All travel, meal, and lodging expenses will be paid by ASWB.

Applicants appointed to this project will review the examinations now being developed as a result of the most recent social work practice analysis conducted by ASWB. Attendees will review examinations while participating in discussions about the expected competency levels of social workers in the United States and Canada. Finally, recommendations to the ASWB Board of Directors will be developed regarding the establishment of passing standards for the social work licensing examinations used across the United States and in Canada.

Appointment to this important group will be based on category and areas of practice, with overall composition balanced for gender, race, ethnic, practice, educational, and geographic diversity.

Applicants must have a degree in social work (BSW, MSW, DSW, Ph.D.); hold a currently valid social work license; and be practicing social work, which includes social work education. Individuals without a social work degree will be considered for the Associate exam study.

To be considered, applicants must complete an online demographic questionnaire and upload their resume or curriculum vitae using the attachment feature in the questionnaire.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 2017. 

All successful applicants will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement regarding the ASWB examinations and examination program.

Appointments to this project will be announced by March 10, 2017, and invited participants will have until March 20, 2017, to confirm.

APPLY NOW 

Indiana LSW and LCSW Information

Check our Career Services Related Events page for licensure workshops in April sponsored by the Alumni Association.

Important Update

ATTENTION SOCIAL WORKERS WORKING TO ACCRUE CLINICAL EXPERIENCE AND SUPERVISION HOURS TOWARDS CLINICAL SOCIAL WORK LICENSURE!!!!!

Effective immediately, and pursuant to Ind. Code 25-23.6-4-1, if you have an MSW degree and are working in a behavioral health and human services position (regardless of job title) you must be licensed. (Click for MORE INFORMATION) 

Educational Requirements for the LCSW

Recommended Course Titles That May Be Used for Licensing - Advanced Standing
Educational Requirements Health Mental Health Children, Youth, and Family Schools Leadership
Psychopathology 517 (687) 517 517 517 517
Clinical Practice with Diverse Populations 694, 651 or 652 651 or 652 651 or 652 651 or 652 651 or 652
Clinical Theory and Practice 692, 693 685 or 696 632 619, 632, 685 or 616
Family Practice 514, 693 or 694 514 or 685 514 or 633 514 or 633 514, 633, 685, 693 or 694
Group Practice 514, 634 or 687 514, 683 or 687 514 or 634 514 or 634 Need course from another practice area 514, 634 or 687
Human Behavior in the Social Environment 513 513 513 513 513
Practice Evaluation 623 623 623 623 623
Recommended Course Titles That May Be Used for Licensing - Regular Standing
Educational Requirements Health Mental Health Children, Youth, and Family Schools Leadership
Psychopathology 517 (687) 517 517 517 517
Clinical Practice with Diverse Populations 501, 516, 555, 694, 651 or 652 501, 516, 555, 651 or 652 651 or 652 501, 516, 555, 651, 652 or 616 501, 516, 555, 651 or 652
Clinical Theory and Practice 504 504, 619, 685 or 696 504 or 632 504 504 or 616
Family Practice 514, 693 or 694 514 or 685 514 or 633 514 or 633 514, 633, 685, 693 or 694
Group Practice 514, 634 or 687 514, 683 or 687 514 or 634 514 or 634 Need course from another practice area 514, 634 or 687
Human Behavior in the Social Environment 503 or 513 503 or 513 503 or 513 503 or 513 503 or 513
Practice Evaluation 623 623 623 623 502