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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.

Alabama Licensing Steps for Social Work

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.

Indiana Licensing Steps for Social Work

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.

Louisiana Licensing Steps for Social Work

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.

Maryland Licensing Steps for Social Work

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.

New Jersey Licensing Steps for Social Work

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.

Ohio Licensing Steps for Social Work

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.

Utah Licensing Steps for Social Work

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.

Wisconsin Licensing Steps for Social Work

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, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, US Virgin Islands, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia, Wyoming

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.