The LCSW License Guide for Aspiring Social Workers
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What Is Clinical Social Work?
What Does an LCSW Do?
How Do You Become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker?
What Is LCSW Certification and Licensure?
Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
LCSW State Licensing Requirements
How to Become an LCSW
- Earn your bachelor’s degree—it doesn’t have to be related to social work.
- Apply to an accredited school where you can earn your Master ofSocial Work (MSW) degree, and note all the admissions requirements (GPA, grades, standardized test scores, prerequisites, recommendations, etc.).
- Complete required coursework.
- Do at least the minimum required hours of supervised clinical training in the field.
- Prepare for your state and ASWB exams by studying and working out a time to take the tests.
- Take your state and ASWB exams.
- Earn your license to start practicing.
- Find a job in the field and stay up to date on your education.
- If you move to another state, meet that state’s requirements.
The 5 Categories of Social Work Licensure Examinations
- Advanced Generalist
ASWB Clinical Exam
Digital Resources for Becoming a Licensed Clinical Social Worker
- “Social Work ASWB Clinical Exam Guide: A Comprehensive Study Guide for Success” (e-book)
- “The Truth About Social Work: Real life stories from people on the frontline of social work” (e-book)
- Licensed clinical social worker: How I got my job and where I’m going (video)
- What is an LCSW? (video)
- ASWB Licensing Exams (website)
- Become a Licensed Social Worker in Your State (website)