What are the social work license requirements?
There are several types of social work licensure. Individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree can become Licensed Baccalaureate Social Workers (LBSW). LBSWs must work under a clinical supervisor.
Social work graduates with a master’s degree are eligible to apply for a masters of social work (MSW) license. In states that don’t issue provisional licenses or licenses for bachelor degree holders, a masters of social work must be earned before an initial license can be issued. The master’s license requires both experience in the field and the completion of an exam.
Social workers with a clinical license are fully licensed to practise social work. This level of licensure often requires years of professional experience in addition to the successful completion of a standardized exam. LCSW requirements by state may vary.