Social Work State Requirements

Review the social work licensure requirements listed under your state.

Alabama Licensing Steps for Social Work

Below are the steps necessary to obtain licensure as a Licensed Bachelor Social Worker (LBSW) after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Phoenix. Alabama has multiple levels of licensure; the Bachelors level licensure is the LBSW. The requirements for obtaining a LBSW license can be found under the LBSW Qualifications of Applicants for the Social Work Examination/Licensure.

Clearances:

Licensed Bachelor Social Worker:

  • Order official transcripts of your undergraduate course work once your degree has been conferred and have them sent directly to:
    Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners
    PO Box 301620
    Montgomery, AL 36130-1620.
  • Verification of US Citizenship or Legal Residence
  • Complete Supervision Statement of Understanding for LBSW’s
  • Students with a criminal conviction history may be denied licensure. See Alabama Administrative Rules – Chapter 850-X-4 Applications for Licensure and Certification (Section 3 - Disposition of Applications).

Exam:

Bachelor's candidates must pass the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) baccalaureate exam. The ASWB Bachelor’s Exam can be completed with the authorization from the Alabama board. Authorization is given following completion of all other application requirements. See Alabama Administrative Rules – Chapter 850-X-6 Examinations. If an applicant has completed the Bachelor’s exam in another jurisdiction, they should simply request that verification of a passing score be sent to this Board, either from ASWB, or from the state Board which originally authorized the exam.

Post-Graduate Supervision Requirements:

A minimum of 4 hours per month supervision is required for 24 months, to total 96 hours of supervision. This supervision must be completed with a 36 month period beginning with employment for Bachelor level licensees. Supervision must be provided by a LGSW or LCSW. After 24 or more months (96 hours) of supervision, an LBSW may engage in the practice of social work without further supervision as long as the social worker remains in the same type of social work practice.

A contract must be negotiated between the supervisor and the supervisee and is subject to the approval of the Board.

If supervision is terminated by either party, the supervisor is responsible for completing the termination form within 30 days and forwarding it to the Board for review. The supervisor shall certify the total number of supervised hours at termination.

Review additional information pertaining to Supervision as defined under the Alabama Administrative Rules - Chapter 850-X-3 Supervision.

Apply for Licensure:

Each applicant seeking to become licensed must meet and/or complete the requirements for the Licensed Bachelor Social Worker as defined under the Alabama Administrative Rules. Please review and complete the Application for Social Work Licensure for the state of Alabama.

Contact Information:

Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners

Mailing Address:
PO Box 301620
Montgomery, AL 36130-1620

Physical Address:
100 North Union Street Suite 736
Montgomery, AL 36104

Robin.Smith@swb.alabama.gov
Phone: 334-242-5860
Toll Free: 888-879-3672
Fax: 334-242-0280
Website: http://www.socialwork.alabama.gov/default.aspx

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our BSSW students and graduates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, you are strongly encouraged to regularly check with the state licensing authority (provided above) for licensure requirements.

Indiana Licensing Steps for Social Work

Below are the steps necessary to obtain licensure as a Licensed Bachelor Social Worker (LBSW) after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Phoenix. Indiana has multiple levels of licensure; the Bachelor’s level licensure is the LBSW. The requirements for obtaining a LBSW license can be found under the Licensed Bachelor Social Worker Application for Licensure Information and Instructions. Review additional information on Indiana Professional Licensing Agency’s Licensed Bachelor Social Worker requirements.   

Clearances:

Licensed Bachelor Social Worker:

  • Order official transcripts of your undergraduate course work once your degree has been conferred and have them sent directly to:
    Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
    402 West Washington Street, Room W072
    Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
  • Complete criminal background check
  • Obtain 2 x 3 inch photograph (see page 4 of application information and instructions)

Exams:

Bachelor's candidates must pass the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) bachelor level exam. The ASWB Bachelor’s Exam can be completed with the authorization from the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency. Once approval from the agency is received, the agency will email you explaining the registration and scheduling process for the exam.

Apply for Licensure:

Each applicant seeking to become licensed must meet and/or complete the requirements for the Licensed Bachelor Social Worker as defined by Indiana code. Please review and complete the Application for Licensure for the State of Indiana.

Contact Information:

Indiana Professional Licensing Agency
402 West Washington Street, Room W072
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Staff Phone: (317) 234-2054
FAX # (317) 233-4236

Email: pla8@pla.IN.gov

Website: www.pla.IN.gov

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our BSSW students and graduates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, you are strongly encouraged to regularly check with the state licensing authority (provided above) for licensure requirements.

Louisiana Licensing Steps for Social Work

Below are the steps necessary to obtain licensure as a Licensed Registered Social Worker (RSW) after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Phoenix. Louisiana has multiple levels of licensure; the Bachelors level licensure is the RSW. The requirements for obtaining a RSW license can be found under the §305 Qualifications for Registration, Certification, and Licensure section of Louisiana’s Rules, Standards and Procedures. Review the Louisiana’s Social Work Practice Act for additional information.

Clearances:

Registered Social Worker

  • Order official transcripts of your undergraduate course work after your degree has been conferred and have them sent to:
    Louisiana Board of Social Work Examiners
    18550 Highland Road, Suite B
    Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70809
  • Complete a state and federal background check. Review Louisiana’s Criminal Record Check- Instructions for Applicants. Review the Felony Conviction Procedure for further information.
  • Obtain head and shoulder photograph (see overview)

Exam: 

Bachelor's candidates for the RSW in Louisiana are not required to pass an exam for licensure (See RSW Requirements).

Apply for Licensure:

Each applicant seeking to become licensed must meet and/or complete the requirements for the Registered Social Worker as defined under Louisiana’s Rules, Standards and Procedures. Please review and complete the Application for Registered Social Worker for the state of Louisiana. Access this overview  and section 3 of the Louisiana Social Work Licensure: A Handbook for Students  for additional assistance on how to complete the online application.

Contact Information:

Louisiana Board of Social Work Examiners
18550 Highland Road, Suite B
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70809
Phone (225) 756-3470 · Toll Free (800) 521-1941
Fax (225) 756-3472

Email: socialwork@labswe.org
Website: www.labswe.org

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our BSSW students and graduates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, you are strongly encouraged to regularly check with the state licensing authority (provided above) for licensure requirements.

Maryland Licensing Steps for Social Work

Below are the steps necessary to obtain licensure as a Licensed Bachelor Social Worker (LBSW) after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Phoenix. Maryland has multiple levels of licensure; the Bachelors level licensure is the LBSW. The steps needed to obtain a LBSW license can be found under the qualifications of applicants pursuing LBSW licensure by examination.

Clearances:

Licensed Bachelor Social Worker: 

  • Order official transcripts of your undergraduate course work once your degree has been conferred and have them sent directly to:

    Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners
    201 W. Preston Street
    Baltimore, MD 21201-2399
  • Obtain Criminal History Records Check

Exam: 

Bachelor's candidates must pass the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) baccalaureate exam. The ASWB Bachelor’s Exam can be completed with the authorization from the Maryland board. See Licensure by Examination under the Licensing Requirements for Maryland Social Workers. Authorization is given following completion of all other application requirements. If an applicant has completed the Bachelor’s exam in another jurisdiction, they should simply request that verification of a passing score be sent to this Board, either from ASWB, or from the state Board which originally authorized the exam.  

Apply for Licensure:

Each applicant seeking to become licensed must meet and/or complete the requirements for the Licensed Bachelor Social Worker as defined under the Maryland’s Board of Social Work Examiners Maryland Statute and Regulation. Please review and complete the application for the LBSW for the state of Maryland.

Contact Information:

Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners
201 W. Preston Street
Baltimore, MD 21201-2399

Gloria Hammel
Email: Gloria.Hammel@maryland.gov
Phone: 410-764-4788
Toll Free: 877-526-2541
Fax: 410-358-2469
Website: www.health.maryland.gov/bswe/

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our BSSW students and graduates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, you are strongly encouraged to regularly check with the state licensing authority (provided above) for licensure requirements. 

New Jersey Licensing Steps for Social Work

Below are the steps necessary to obtain licensure as a Certified Social Worker (CSW) after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Phoenix. New Jersey has multiple levels of licensure; the Bachelors level licensure is the CSW. The requirements for obtaining a CSW license can be found under the CSW Eligibility Requirements for the Practice of Social Work.

Clearances:

Certified Social Worker:

  • Order official transcripts of your undergraduate course work once your degree has been conferred and have them sent directly to:
    New Jersey State Board of Social Work Examiners
    124 Halsey Street, 6th Floor, P.O. Box 45033
    Newark, New Jersey 07101
  • Verification of US Citizenship or Legal Residence
  • Complete Certification and Authorization Form for a Criminal History Background Check (see application)
  • Obtain full-face passport style photograph (2˝x 2˝) (see application)

Exam:

Bachelor's candidates for the CSW in New Jersey are not required to pass an exam for licensure (See CSW Eligibility Requirements).

Apply for Licensure:

Each applicant seeking to become licensed must meet and/or complete the requirements for the Certified Social Worker as defined under the New Jersey Statutes and Regulations. Please review and complete the Application for Certification as a Certified Social Worker for the state of New Jersey.

Contact Information:

New Jersey State Board of Social Work Examiners
124 Halsey Street, 6th Floor
P.O. Box 45033
Newark, New Jersey 07101

Phone: (973) 504-6495
Fax: (973) 648-3536

Website: https://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/sw

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our BSSW students and graduates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, you are strongly encouraged to regularly check with the state licensing authority (provided above) for licensure requirements.

Ohio Licensing Steps for Social Work

Below are the steps necessary to obtain licensure as a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Phoenix. Ohio has multiple levels of licensure; Bachelor’s prepared candidates can apply for the LSW. The requirements for obtaining a LSW license can be found under the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board Requirements for LSW Licensure.

Clearances:

Licensed Social Worker:

Exam:

Bachelor's candidates must pass the Association of Social Work Boards exam (ASWB) baccalaureate exam. The ASWB Bachelor’s Exam can be completed with the authorization from the Ohio Board. Authorization is given immediately following completion of all other application requirements. If an applicant has completed the Bachelor’s exam in another jurisdiction, they should simply request that verification of a passing score be sent to this Board, either from ASWB, or from the state Board which originally authorized the exam.

Submit the Request for Exam Pre-approval form via fax at 614-728-7790 or email to andy.miller@cswb.ohio.gov along with:

  • A copy of your driver’s license and
  • A letter of good standing from your school if you are in your last term of a social work program or
  • A copy of your degree or unofficial transcript if you have graduated.

Apply for Licensure:

Each applicant seeking to become licensed must meet and/or complete the requirements for the Licensed Social Worker as defined under the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board laws and rules. Please see the laws and rules and application instructions listed under LSW Licensure.

Contact Information:

Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board
77 South High Street, 24th Floor, Room 2468
Columbus, OH 43215-6171

cswmft.info@cswb.ohio.gov
Phone: 614-466-0912
Fax: 614-728-7790
Website: http://cswmft.ohio.gov/Home.aspx

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our BSSW students and graduates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, you are strongly encouraged to regularly check with the state licensing authority (provided above) for licensure requirements.

Utah Licensing Steps for Social Work

Below are the steps necessary to obtain licensure as a Social Service Worker after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Phoenix. Utah has multiple levels of licensure; the Bachelors level licensure is the Social Service Worker. The requirements for obtaining the Social Service Worker licensure can be found under Utah’s Qualifications for licensure.

Clearances:

Social Service Worker:

  • Order official transcripts of your undergraduate course work once your degree has been conferred and have them sent directly to:

    Utah Department of Commerce
    Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing
    PO Box 146741
    Salt Lake City, UT 84111-6741
  • Per Utah’s Qualifications for licensure, be of good moral character

Exam:

Bachelor's candidates must pass the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) baccalaureate exam.  ASWB must pre-approve the exam. To apply for pre-approval, contact ASWB directly at: http://www.aswb.org/utah.  After you are notified by ASWB of your approval to take the exam, you may register for your examination at: www.aswb.org.

Apply for Licensure:

Each applicant seeking to become licensed must meet and/or complete the requirements for the Social Service Worker as defined under Utah’s Qualifications for licensure. Please review and complete the Application for Social Service Worker Licensure for the state of Utah.

Contact Information:

Jennifer Zaelit – email: jzaelit@utah.gov

Jennifer Johnson — email: jennyajohnson@utah.gov

Phone: (801) 530-6628

Toll-free: (866) 275-3675

Utah Department of Commerce
Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing

Mailing Address:
PO Box 146741
Salt Lake City, UT 84111-6741

Physical Address:
160 East 300 South
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our BSSW students and graduates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, you are strongly encouraged to regularly check with the state licensing authority (provided above) for licensure requirements.

Wisconsin Licensing Steps for Social Work

Below are the steps necessary to obtain licensure as a Social Worker after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Phoenix. Wisconsin has multiple levels of licensure; the Bachelors level licensure is the Certification as Social Worker (CSW). The requirements for obtaining a CSW can be found on page 2 of Information for Application for Social Workers.

Clearances:

Certification as Social Worker:

  • Order official transcripts of your undergraduate course work once your degree has been conferred and have them sent directly to:
    Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services
    P.O Box 8935
    Madison, WI 53708-8935
  • Verification of US Citizenship or Legal Residence
  • Certificate of Professional Education Form completed by University of Phoenix after degree conferral
  • Complete Convictions and Pending Charges Form, if applicable.
    • Note: Per Wisconsin law, the Department must deny an application if the applicant is liable for delinquent State Taxes or Child Support (Wis. Stats. § 440.12 and 440.13) – See disclaimer on page 1 of the Convictions and Pending Charges.
  • Complete Malpractice suits or claims Form, (if applicable)

Exam: 

Wisconsin requires two examinations for the CSW. The state exam is an open book Statutes and Administrative Code Examination. For more information, contact:  DSPSCredentialingCSC@wisconsin.gov

In addition, Bachelor's candidates must pass the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) baccalaureate exam. The ASWB Bachelor’s Exam can be completed with the authorization from the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services. Authorization is given following completion of all other application requirements. See National Examination, Association of Social Worker Boards (ASWB) section on page i of the Information for Application for Social Workers.  If an applicant has completed the Bachelor’s exam in another jurisdiction, they should simply request that verification of a passing score be sent to this Board, either from ASWB, or from the state Board which originally authorized the exam. 

Apply for Licensure:

Each applicant seeking to become licensed must meet and/or complete the requirements for the Social Worker licensure as defined under Wisconsin’s Administrative Codes.  Please review and complete the Application for Social Worker Licensure for the state of Wisconsin. 

Contact Information:

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935

Physical Address:
1400 E. Washington Avenue
Madison, WI 53708-8935

Email: dsps@wisconsin.gov
Phone: (608) 266-2112
Fax: (608) 261-7083

Website: https://dsps.wi.gov/pages/Home.aspx

This summary of state licensure requirements is provided as a reference tool for our BSSW students and graduates. Every effort is made to ensure this information is accurate and up-to-date. However, as licensing requirements are subject to change at any time, you are strongly encouraged to regularly check with the state licensing authority (provided above) for licensure requirements.

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