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Social Work State Requirements

The University’s Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) program meets the requirements for licensure or certification requirements in the states listed below. Review the social work licensure requirements listed under your state.

Below are the steps necessary to apply for licensure as a Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW) after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Phoenix. Arizona has multiple levels of licensure; the Bachelors level licensure is the LBSW. Review additional information on the Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW) Arizona Revised Statute 32-3291Licenced baccalaureate social worker; licensure; qualifications; supervision and Arizona Administrative Code – Article 4. Social Work- R4-6-402 Examination.

The Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners imposes limitations on the scope of practice for LBSWs. See Administrative Code - Article 4. Social Work- R4-6-210 Practice Limitations and Article 4. Social Work- R4-6-211 Direct Supervision: Supervised Work Experience: General for details.

Clearances: Candidates must submit a full set of fingerprints and proof of online payment for a criminal history background check through the Arizona Department of Public Safety unless candidates can provide verification that they hold a current, valid DPS fingerprint clearance card.

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 Arizona board. Authorization is given following completion of all other application requirements. If an applicant has completed the Bachelor’s exam in another jurisdiction, they should request that verification of a passing score be sent to this Board from ASWB. Candidates must receive a passing score on the approved ASWB exam within 12 months after receiving written examination authorization from the Board. An applicant shall not take an approved licensure examination more than twice during the 12-month testing period. See Arizona Administrative Code - Article 4. Social Work- R4-6-402. Examination.

Apply for Licensure:

Licensed Bachelor Social Worker:

  • Order official transcripts of your undergraduate course work once your degree has been conferred. If send electronically, have University of Phoenix send the electronic transcripts directly to: applications@azbbhe.us. If sent via mail, send the transcripts to:
    Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners
    1740 West Adams St., Suite 3600
    Phoenix, Arizona 85007 
  • Verification of US Citizenship or Legal Residence

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

State Agency Contact Information:

Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners
1740 West Adams St., Suite 3600
Phoenix, Arizona 85007

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.

 

 

Below are the steps necessary to apply for 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 Bachelor’s level licensure is the LBSW. The requirements to apply for a LBSW license can be found under the LBSW Qualifications of Applicants for the Social Work Examination/Licensure.

The Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners imposes limitations on the scope of practice for LBSWs. See Alabama Administrative Code 850-x-2-.02 Classification of Social Workers – Licensed Bachelor Social Worker for details.

Clearances:

During the application process, candidates must disclose criminal conviction history as part of their application. Candidates 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 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.

Apply for Licensure:

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

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.

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.

State Agency Contact Information:

Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners

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

Physical Address:
100 North Union St., Ste 736
Montgomery, AL 36104

Phone: 334-242-5860
Toll Free: 888-879-3672
Fax: 334-242-0280

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.

Below are the steps necessary to apply for licensure as a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) after graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Phoenix, and the successful completion of three (3) years of supervised professional experience. Illinois has multiple levels of licensure; the Bachelor level licensure is the LSW. The requirements to apply for a LSW license can be found under Illinois 225 ILCS 20/9A, IL Administrative Code Section 1470.10 Application for Licensure, IL Administrative Code Section 1470.20 Professional Experience and 225 ILCS 20/3(9).

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation imposes limitations on the scope of practice for LSWs. See 225 ILCS 20/10 License restrictions and limitations (c) for details.    

Clearances:

During the application process, candidates will complete the Personal History Information section and CCA.  Both ask about previous convictions, health, previous denial of a professional license or permit, discharge other than honorably from the armed services or from a city, county, state, or federal position.

Post-Graduation Supervision Requirements:

Persons applying as a Licensed Social Worker who have a baccalaureate degree in social work shall complete 3 years of supervised professional experience subsequent to obtaining the baccalaureate degree. For purposes of this subsection, supervised professional experience is that experience directly related to social work as defined in 225 ILCS 20/3(9).  The experience shall be:

  • Obtained under the direct supervision of a certified social worker registered under the Social Workers Registration Act, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Licensed Social Worker, diplomate in clinical social work, designated member of ACSW or other appropriate supervisor as approved by the Board.
  • Satisfactory as evaluated by the supervisor.  The supervisor shall have met with the individual an average of at least 4 hours each month.

Apply for Licensure:

Licensed Social Worker (LSW):

  • CCA Form (part of the application packet)
  • ED Form (part of the application packet) – The applicant completes the “APPLICANT” portion of the form, then arranges for the social work program college or university to complete the “SCHOOL OFFICIAL” portion of the form. The School official’s original signature and seal is required, do not submit photocopies. Do not submit the form unless it has been completed by the social work program.
  • VE-SW Form (part of the application packet) – This form must be complete for all LSW applicant apply on the basis of a bachelor’s degree and three (3) years’ experience. The applicant completes the “APPLICANT” portion of the form, then arranges for the supervisor to complete the “SUPERVISOR” portion of the form.  The supervisor’s original signature is required – photocopies are not acceptable. Supervised experience requirements are detailed in IL Administrative Code Section 1470.20 Professional Experience.  

Each applicant seeking to become licensed must meet and/or complete the requirements for Licensed Social Worker (LSW) as defined under Illinois 225 ILCS 20/9A, IL Administrative Code Section 1470.10 Application for Licensure, IL Administrative Code Section 1470.20 Professional Experience and 225 ILCS 20/3(9). Please review and complete the application License Social Worker for the state of Illinois.

State Agency Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Division of Professional Regulation
PO Box 7007
Springfield, IL 62791

Physical Address:
Illinois Department of financial and Professional regulations
320 West Washington St., 3rd Floor
Springfield, IL 62786

Phone: 1-800-560-6420

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.

Below are the steps necessary to apply for 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 to apply for a LBSW license can be found under the Licensed Bachelor Social Worker Application Checklist for Licensure Information and Instructions. Review additional information on Indiana Professional Licensing Agency’s Licensed Bachelor Social Worker requirements.   

Indiana Professional Licensing Agency imposes limitations on the scope of practice for LBSWs. See Indiana Code §25-23.6-1-8 Practice of social work for details.

Clearances:

Candidates must complete a criminal background check as part of the application process. Candidates will be emailed when to start the background check process when the Indiana Professional License Agency receives a complete application packet.  

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:

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
  • Obtain 2 x 3 inch photograph (see page 4 of application information and instructions)

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.

State Agency Contact Information:

Indiana Professional Licensing Agency

Behavioral Health and Human Services
402 West Washington St., Rm W072
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Staff Phone: 317-234-2054
Fax: 317-233-4236

Email: pla8@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.

Below are the steps necessary to apply for 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 Bachelor’s level licensure is the RSW. The requirements to apply for a RSW license can be found under the §305 Qualifications for Registration, Certification, and Licensure section of Louisiana’s Rules, Standards and Procedures. Review Louisiana’s Social Work Practice Act for additional information.

Louisiana Board of Social Work Examiners imposes limitations on the scope of practice for RSWs. See Social Work Practice Act § 303. Practice and Louisiana Revised Statutes § 2706 Qualifications; registered social worker for details.

Clearances:

Candidates must complete a state and federal background check. Review Louisiana’s Criminal Record Check- Instructions for Applicants. Review the Felony Conviction Procedure for further information.

Exam: 

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

Apply for Licensure:

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
  • Obtain head and shoulder photograph (see overview)

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.

State Agency Contact Information:

Louisiana Board of Social Work Examiners
18550 Highland Rd., Ste. B
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Phone: 225-756-3470 

Toll Free: 800-521-1941
Fax: 225-756-3472

Email: socialwork@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.

Below are the steps necessary to apply for 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 Bachelor’s level licensure is the LBSW. The steps needed to apply for a LBSW license can be found under the qualifications of applicants pursuing LBSW licensure by examination.

Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners imposes limitations on the scope of practice for LBSWs. See Code of Maryland Regulations §10.42.02.03 Scope of Practice for details.

Clearances:

Candidates must complete a Criminal History Records Check as part of the application process.

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:

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

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.

State Agency Contact Information:

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

Phone: 410-764-4788
Toll Free: 877-526-2541
Fax: 410-358-2469

Deborah Evans
Email: Deborah.Evans@maryland.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.

Below are the steps necessary to apply for licensure as a Limited Licensed Bachelor Social Worker (L-LBSW) after graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Phoenix. Michigan has multiple levels of licensure; the first step to Bachelors level licensure is the L-LBSW. The requirements to apply for a L-LBSW license can be found under MCL 333.18509(a) License requirements; limited license and R 338.2939 Limited bachelor’s social worker license requirements.

Michigan Board of Social Work imposes limitations on the scope of practice for L-LBSWs. See MCL 333.18509(a) License requirements; limited license for details.

Clearance:

Upon review of a candidate’s application, the Board will mail an Application Confirmation letter containing instructions to complete the required Criminal History Check.

Exam:

Bachelor's candidates must pass the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) baccalaureate exam prior to applying to upgrade their license from Limited Licensed Bachelor Social Worker to a Licensed Bachelor Social Worker.

Apply for Licensure:

Limited Licensed Bachelor Social Worker (L-LBSW):

  • Order official transcripts of your undergraduate course work once your degree has been conferred and have them sent directly to:
    Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
    Bureau of Professional Licensing
    P.O. Box 30670
    Lansing, MI 48909
  • Or, electronically to BPLData@michigan.gov

Each applicant seeking to become licensed must meet and/or complete the requirements for the Limited Licensed Bachelor Social Worker (L-LBSW) as defined under MCL 333.18509 License requirements; limited license and R 338.2939 Limited bachelor’s social worker license requirements. The L-LBSW will be issued for 1 year and may be renewed for not more than 6 times. Please review and complete the application for Certification as a L-LBSW for the state of Michigan (also see the Social Work Licensing Guide for more information).

Additional Training:

Human Trafficking:
Prior to licensing, individuals seeking licensure must complete training in identifying victims of human trafficking that meet the standards in Mich. Admin. Rule 338.2929. 

Implicit Bias:
Beginning June 1, 2022, individuals seeking licensure must have completed at least 2 hours of implicit bias training within the five (5) years immediately preceding issuance of the license. Implicit bias training must meet the standards in Mich. Admin. Rule 338.7004. For further information review the FAQs

Post-Graduation Supervision Requirement:

Limited Licensed Bachelor Social Workers must accumulate 4,000 hours of work experience supervised by a Licensed Master’s Social Worker, accrued over no less than 2 years prior to licensure. The qualifying experience must be accumulated in no less than 16 hours per week,  no more than 40 hours per week and no more than 2,080 hours in a calendar year. The supervision must include at lease four hours of supervisory review of active work functions and records, at least two hours of fact-to-face individual supervision per month and any group supervision included individual review of a candidate’s active work functions and records. For more information on the requirements of supervision visit R 338.2941 Bachelor’s social worker license by examination.

Once complete, the hours and supervision must be verified by the supervisor(s) on the Verification of Social Work Experience for Bachelor’s Social Worker License form.

State Agency Contact Information:

Bureau of Professional Licensing
Michigan Board of Social Work
P.O. Box 30670
Lancing, MI 48909

Phone: 517-241-0199
Fax: 517-241-9416

Email: BPLHELP@Michigan.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.

Below are the steps necessary to apply for licensure as a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) after graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Phoenix. Minnesota has multiple levels of licensure; the Bachelors level licensure is the LSW. The requirements to apply for LSW license can be found under Minnesota Statutes section 148E.055.

Minnesota Board of Social Work imposes limitations on the scope of practice for LSWs. See MN § 148E.010 Definitions. Subd. 11, §148E.100 Licensed social workers; supervised practice, and §148E.125 Documentation of Supervision for details.

Clearances:

Candidates must complete a Criminal Background Check (Minnesota Statutes section 214.075). The background check is a comprehensive, nationwide, fingerprint-based criminal background check (CBC). The purpose of a state and national background check is to ensure public safety in an increasingly mobile workforce.  Additionally, a candidate for licensure must not have engaged in conduct that was or would be in violation of the social work standards of practice in MN. 

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 Minnesota Board of Social Work. Authorization is given once an application has been reviewed and approved. Students can apply for licensure six months before graduation to gain exam authorization while they complete their program.

Apply for Licensure:

Licensed Social Worker (LSW):

  • Order official transcripts of your undergraduate course work once your degree has been conferred and have them sent directly to:
    Minnesota Board of Social Work
    2829 University Ave. SE, Suite 340
    Minneapolis, MN 55414
  • Or, electronically to social.work@state.mn.us

Each applicant seeking to become licensed must meet and/or complete the requirements for the Licensed Social Worker (LSW) as defined under Minnesota Statutes section 148E.055. Please review and complete the application (or paper application) for Certification as LSW in the state of Minnesota.

State Agency Contact Information:

Minnesota Board of Social Work
335 Randolph Ave., Ste. 245
Saint Paul, MN 55102

Phone: 612-617-2100
Toll-Free: 888.234.1320
Fax: 651-215-0956

Email: Social.work@state.mn.us

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.

Below are the steps necessary to apply for licensure as a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) after graduation with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Phoenix. Nevada has multiple levels of licensure; the Bachelors level licensure is the LSW. The requirements to apply for a LSW license can be found on the Preliminary Qualifications for all Levels resource. 

Nevada Board of Examiners for Social Workers imposes limitations on the scope of practice for LSWs. See the Scope of Practice Table for details

Clearances:

Candidates must complete a Nevada and federal background check if it has been more than 6 months since their last background check with the Nevada Board of Examiners for Social Workers.  See the Fingerprint Waiver Document for more information.

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 Nevada board during the last semester of the social work program as outlined in NAC 641B105 Examinations. To be eligible, candidates must show proof of meeting the Boards age, citizenship, character, and education requirements. The exam must be passed within 6 months of authorization.  If the first attempt results in a non-passing score, the exam can be retaken once, 90 days after the failed examination. 

Apply for Licensure:

Initial Licensed Social Worker:

  • Order official transcripts of your undergraduate course work and have them sent directly to:
    Nevada State Board of Social Work Examiners
    4600 Kietzke Lane, #C121
    Reno, NV 89502
  • Applicant must provide one form of identification that verifies birth date, including
  • Copy of birth certificate (Hospital certificates are not acceptable), or
  • Copy of current passport.
  • Applicant must provide a copy of current driver's license or state identification card.
  • If you have a positive criminal history then you will need to provide a court certified copy of records pertaining to arrests, charges and / or convictions from the Court Clerk in the community where the incident(s) occurred.

Provisional “A” License Temporary 90-day License:

  • Order official transcripts of your undergraduate course work and have them sent directly to:
    Nevada State Board of Social Work Examiners
    4600 Kietzke Lane, #C121
    Reno, NV 89502
  • Has not taken appropriate licensing exam through ASWB.
  • Applicant must provide one form of identification that verifies birth date, including
  • Copy of birth certificate (Hospital certificates are not acceptable), or
  • Copy of current passport.
  • Applicant must provide a copy of current driver's license or state identification card.
  • If you have a positive criminal history then you will need to provide a court certified copy of records pertaining to arrests, charges and / or convictions from the Court Clerk in the community where the incident(s) occurred.

Note: Can be granted a "provisional license" for a period of ninety (90) days once Board has given exam approval. The exam must be passed within sixty (60) days. This license is valid for one attempt of the exam only and an applicant may be issued only one provisional license.

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

State Agency Contact Information:

Nevada Board of Examiners for Social Workers
4600 Kietzke Lane, #C121
Reno, NV 89502

Phone: 775-688-2555
Email: slowery@besw.nv.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.

Below are the steps necessary to apply for 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 Bachelor’s level licensure is the CSW. The requirements to apply for a CSW license can be found under the CSW Eligibility Requirements for the Practice of Social Work.

New Jersey State Board of Social Work Examiners imposes limitations on the scope of practice for CSWs. See New Jersey Administrative Code §13:44G-3.3 Practice As a CSW; Scope for details.

Clearances:

Candidates must complete a Certification and Authorization Form for a Criminal History Background Check (see application) during the application process.

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:

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
  • Obtain full-face passport style photograph (2˝x 2˝) (see application)

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.

State Agency Contact Information:

New Jersey State Board of Social Work Examiners
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 45033
Newark, New Jersey 07101

Physical Address:

124 Halsey Street, 6th Floor

Newark, New Jersey 07101

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

Email: SocialWork@dca.njoag.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.

Below are the steps necessary to apply for licensure as a Certified Social Worker (CSW) after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Phoenix. North Carolina has multiple levels of credentialing; Bachelor’s prepared candidates can apply for the CSW. The requirements to apply for CSW certification can be found under North Carolina Statute §90B-7. Titles and qualification for certificates and licenses and 21 NCAC 60.0200 – Certification.

North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board imposes limitations on the scope of practice for CSW. See 21 NCAC 63.0500.0501 - Purpose and Scope for details.

Clearances:

As part of the application process, a criminal background check will be completed. See North Carolina Statute 90B-11. Disciplinary procedures for the types of actions that could result in the Board denying a candidate.

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 North Carolina Board. Authorization is given once the board has reviewed and accepted a candidate’s application (see 21 NCAC 63.0300 – Examinations).

Apply for Certification

Certified Social Worker (CSW):

  • Order official transcripts of your undergraduate course work once your degree has been conferred and have them sent directly to:
    North Carolina social Work Certification and Licensure Board
    P.O. Box 1043
    Asheboro, NC 27204
  • Public Notice Statement (part of the application packet)
  • Three (3) Professional Reference Forms (part of the application packet). Must be sealed in an envelope with the signature of the person who completed the reference over the closure.

Each applicant seeking to become certified must meet and/or complete the requirements for the Certified Social Worker (CSW) as defined under North Carolina Statute 90B-7. Titles and qualification for certificates and licenses and 21 NCAC 60.0200 – Certification. Please review and complete the application for Certification as a CSW for the state of North Carolina.

State Agency Contact Information:

North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 1043
Asheboro, NC 27204

Physical Address:
1207 S Cox St., Ste. F
Asheboro, NC 27203

Phone: 336-625-1679
Fax: 336-625-4546

Kenia Frazier, Credentialing Specialist
Email: Ktabon@ncswboard.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.

Below are the steps necessary to apply for licensure as a Licensed Bachelor Social Worker (LBSW) after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Phoenix. Pennsylvania has multiple levels of licensure; the Bachelors level licensure is the LBSW. The requirements to apply for the LBSW licensure can be found under Pennsylvania P.L. 220, No. 39, Cl. 63, Section 7 Qualifications of License (c.1 and g) and Code 47.12e Licensed bachelor social worker.

PA State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors imposes limitations on the scope of practice for LBSW. See PA Statute § 1907. Qualifications for license- (c1) Limitations of bachelor social work license for details. 

Clearances:

Candidates must complete a Criminal History Records Check (CHRC). For candidates living in Pennsylvania, the CHRC request will be automatically submitted to the Pennsylvania State Police upon submission of your application.

Exam:

Bachelor's candidates must pass the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) baccalaureate exam. Upon approval of the application, exam authorization will be given to a candidate so they can register through ASWB. If you are in your final semester, you can submit your application packet for review to receive authorization to attempt the exam prior to program completion (see Education Verification in the Apply for Licensure section below for more information).

Apply for Licensure:

Licenses Bachelor Social Worker (LBSW):

  • Order official transcripts of your undergraduate course work once your degree has been conferred and have them sent directly to:
    State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors
    P.O. Box 2649
    Harrisburg, PA 17110
  • Or, electronically at ST-SOCIALWORK@PA.GOV
  • Mandated Reporter Training approved by the Department of Human Services  - the approved provider will electronically submit your name, date of attendance, etc. to the Board. For that reason, it is imperative that you register for the course using the information provided on your application for licensure.
  • Self-Query from the National Practitioner Data Bank
  • Education Verification Form – forward this form to the university to be completed. This form is only required for candidates that are in their final semester and are requesting to take the ASWB Bachelor’s examination while they are in their final semester. Candidates will be able to download the form after the application and corresponding fee are submit.

Each applicant seeking to become licensed must meet and/or complete the requirements for the Licenses Bachelor Social Worker (LBSW) as defined under Pennsylvania P.L. 220, No. 39, Cl. 63, Section 7 Qualifications of License (c.1 and g) and Code 47.12e Licensed bachelor social worker.  Please review and complete the electronic application for Certification as LBSW in the state of Pennsylvania (recommend downloading the application checklist – select State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors – Select Bachelor Social Worker). 

State Agency Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

State Board of Social Workers,
Marriage and Family Therapists
and Professional Counselors

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 2649
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Physical Address:
One Penn Center
2601 N. 3rd Street
Harrisburg, PA 17110

Phone: 717-783-1389
Fax: 717-787-7769
Email: ST-SOCIALWORK@PA.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.

Below are the steps necessary to apply for 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 to apply for a LSW license can be found under the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapist Board Requirements for LSW Licensure.

Ohio Counselor, Social Work and Marriage & Family Therapist Board imposes limitations on the scope of practice for LSWs. See Ohio Administrative Rule 4757-05-02 Standards of ethical practice and professional conduct for details.

Clearances:

Candidates must complete the BCI & FBI Background checks as part of the application process. Please note, per Ohio law, the Board must deny an application if the Board is informed that the applicant is in default  under a child support order or has failed to comply with a subpoena or warrant in a child support enforcement matter (Ohio Revised Code §3123.44 and §4757.19).

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 following receipt of the following:

Follow the eLicense Site process to be eligible to take the exam.  Be prepared to provide copies of the following items:

  • The completed LSW license application
  • Payment of the application and processing fees
  • A copy of your driver’s license
  • 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.

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:

Licensed Social Worker:

Order official transcripts once your degree has been conferred and have them sent directly to socialwork@cswb.ohio.gov, or have the school send the transcripts to:

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

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.

State Agency Contact Information:

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

Phone: 614-466-0912
Fax: 614-728-7790

Email: cswmft.info@cswb.ohio.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.

Below are the steps necessary to apply for licensure as a Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW) after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Phoenix.  Tennessee has multiple levels of licensure; the Bachelors level licensure is the LBSW. The requirement to apply for the LBSW can be found under Tennessee’s Practice of baccalaureate social work statute – Licensing requirements or within the Licensure Requirements regulations .

TN Board of Social Workers imposes limitations on practice for LBSWs. See T.C.A. § 63-23-102. Practice of baccalaureate social work – Licensing requirements (a) for details.

Clearances:

Candidates must complete a Criminal Background Check as part of the application process. Step by step instructions are available for candidates.

Exam:

Bachelor's candidates must pass the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) baccalaureate exam.    

Apply for Licensure:

Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW):

  • Order official transcripts of your undergraduate course work once your degree has been conferred and have them sent directly to:
    Board of Social Worker Licensure
    665 Mainstream Drive
    Nashville, TN 37243
  • Passport-style photograph taken within 12 months preceding the date the application is submitted.
  • Notarized Declaration of Citizenship Form
  • Mandatory Practitioner Profile Questionnaire (completed through TN’s licensure portal)

Each applicant seeking to become licensed must meet and/or complete the requirements for the Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW) as defined under Tennessee’s Practice of baccalaureate social work statute – Licensing requirements or within the Licensure Requirements regulations (page 5). Please review and complete the Application for LBSW for the state of Tennessee.  All items must be submitted through a profile on the TN licensure portal.

State Agency Contact Information:

Tennessee Board of Social Workers
665 Mainstream Drive, 2nd Floor
Nashville, TN 37243

Phone: 615-741-5735
Email: Unit1HRB.Health@tn.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.

Below are the steps necessary to apply for licensure as a Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW) after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Phoenix. Texas has multiple levels of licensure; the Bachelors level licensure is the LBSW. The requirements to apply for LBSW licensure can be found under Texas’ Subchapter C. Application and Licensing- 781.401 Qualifications for Licensure, 781.406 Required Documentation of Qualifications for Licensure and Occupational Code – Title 3. Health Professions - Sec. 505.353 Eligibility.

Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners imposes limitations on the scope of practice for LBSW. See Subchapter B. Rules of Practice- 781.302 The Practice of Social Work for details.

Clearances:

Candidates must complete the Council’s fingerprinting process. Upon submission of an online application candidates will be sent a confirmation email.  This email will include a link to the information on getting fingerprinted.  The fingerprinting is done electronically at locations all over the country. There is a fee paid to the fingerprint facility. 

Candidates with a criminal history must also complete a Criminal History Evaluation process to be cleared for licensure. For additional information, please also visit Information for Prospective Applicants with Criminal Backgrounds (scroll to the bottom of the page).

Exam:

Bachelor's candidates must pass the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) baccalaureate exam. The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council has partnered with ASWB to allow prospective licensees to apply for the exam directly with ASWB. Candidates are eligible to register if they have graduated from their social work program or are in their last semester of the social work program. Please note, failure to pass an examination within three attempts will result in an automatic denial of an application.  A candidate whose application is denied due to examination failure may reapply for licensure but will not be allowed or approved to site for the exam again until the applicant has submitted a detailed study plan designed to address the known or suspected areas of deficiency. The study plan must be approved by the Board before authorization will be given to retake the examination.

LBSW candidates also must take and pass a Jurisprudence Examination.  The exam results cannot be more than six (6) months old when a candidate applies for licensure. 

Apply for Licensure:

Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW):

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

  • The Council prefers electronic submission to transcripts@bhec.texas.gov
  • Hard copy transcripts should be mailed to:
    BHEC SW Transcripts
    333 Guadalupe St., Ste. 3-900
    Austin, TX 78701
  • Self-Query Report from the National Practitioner Data Back

Each applicant seeking to become licensed must meet and/or complete the requirements for the Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW) as defined under 781.401 Qualifications for Licensure and Sec. 505.353 Eligibility. Please review and complete the application for LBSW licensure for the state of Texas.

State Agency Contact Information:

Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council
333 Guadalupe St., Ste. 3-900
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: 512-305-7700
Email through website - https://fs2.formsite.com/S2yjlK/ptrmyhbvxo/index.html

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.

Below are the steps necessary to apply for licensure as a Social Service Worker (SSW) 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 SSW. The requirements to apply for the Social Service Worker licensure can be found under Utah’s Qualifications for licensure.

Utah Department of Commerce: Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing imposes limitations on the scope of practice for SSWs. See Utah Code 58-60-202. Definitions (2a-2b) for details.

Clearances:

Candidates must complete the Criminal History Determination process as part of the application process. For more information about how to complete the process, click on the “Criminal History” section in the navigation pane on the left-hand side of the page. 

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:

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

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.

State Agency Contact Information:

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

Phone: 866-275-3675

Toll-free: 1-800-530-6628

Jennifer Falkenrath

Email: jzaelit@utah.gov

Jennifer Johnson

Email: jennyajohnson@utah.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.

Below are the steps necessary to apply for licensure as a Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW) after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Social Work from the University of Phoenix. Virginia has multiple levels of licensure; the Bachelors level licensure is the LBSW. The requirements to apply for the Social Service Worker licensure can be found under Virginia’s Licensure Process Handbook and Chapter 37 of Title 54.1 of the Code of Virginia (click on Laws Governing Social Work to download the document for review).

VA Board of Social Work imposes limitations on the scope of practice for LBSWs. See Chapter 37 of Title 54.1-3700. Definitions – “Baccalaureate social worker” for details.

Clearances:

Candidates must complete the Self-Query Report from the National Practitioner Data Bank as part of the application process.

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 Board. Authorization is given following completion of all other application requirements. A candidate approved by the board to sit for an examination is required to pass the exam within two years of the date of the initial board approval. If candidates have not passed the examination by the end of the two-year period, they will be required to re-apply according to the requirements of the regulations in effect at the time of the new application.

Apply for Licensure

Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW):

  • Order official transcripts of your undergraduate course work once your degree has been conferred and have them sent directly to:
    Virginia Board of Social Work
    9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
    Henrico, VA 23233
  • Name Change Documentation (if applicable)

Each applicant seeking to become licensed must meet and/or complete the requirements for the Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW) as defined under Virginia’s Licensure Process Handbook (page 13) and Chapter 37 of Title 54.1 of the Code of Virginia (click on Laws Governing Social Work to download the document for review). Please review and complete the Application for LBSW Licensure for the state of Virginia (For technical tips on how to use the online application system, download the Online Application Guide – LBSW by Exam section).

State Agency Contact Information:

Virginia Board of Social Work
9960 Mayland Dr., Ste 300
Henrico, VA 23233

Phone: 804-367-4441
Fax: 804-977-9915
Email: socialwork@dhp.virginia.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.

Below are the steps necessary to apply for 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 Bachelor’s level licensure is the Certification as Social Worker (CSW). The requirements to apply for a CSW can be found on page 2 of Information for Application for Social Workers.

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services imposes limitations on the scope of practice for CSWs. See Wisconsin Administrative Code MPSW 6.01 Certified social worker for details.

Clearances:

Candidates must complete the Convictions and Pending Charges Form, and Malpractice suits or claims Form, if applicable, as part of the application process.

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:

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

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. 

State Agency Contact Information:

Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services

Mailing Address:
PO Box 8935
Madison, WI 53708-8935

Physical Address:
4822 Madison Yards Way

Madison, WI 53705

Phone: 608-266-2112
Fax: 608-261-7083

Email: dsps@wisconsin.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.

The program meets the licensure requirements in these states; however, at this time the university is not offering the program in these states:

The University has determined that its Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) program does NOT meet the requirements for licensure in the following states:

Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, US Virgin Islands, Vermont, and Washington

The University, after all reasonable efforts, has been unable to determine whether its Bachelor of Science in Social Work (BSSW) meets the requirements for licensure in the following states. Please click on the links below for contact information for the applicable state licensing board.