Disclaimer: Due to the rapidly changing nature of social work regulations, for the most up-to-date information on becoming a social worker in New Jersey, contact the New Jersey Social Work Licensing Board.
New Jersey law recognizes three classes of social worker: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and Certified Social Worker (CSW). The requirements are as follows:
New Jersey LCSW Education Requirement: A master’s degree in social work from a program currently accredited or in candidacy for accreditation by CSWE, or a doctorate in social work from an accredited institution for higher education, which includes 12 semester hours of graduate-level courses required in any of the following areas: human behavior and the social environment; diagnosis and assessment; models of psychotherapy or clinical practice; clinical supervision and consultation; and/or intervention with special populations
New Jersey LCSW Exam: Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Clinical Level Examination
Field Requirement: 1,920 supervised, post-master’s hours of face-to-face client contact within any three consecutive years
New Jersey LSW Education Requirement: A master’s degree in social work from a program currently or in candidacy for accreditation by CSWE, or a doctorate in social work from an accredited institution for higher education
New Jersey LSW Exam: Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Master's Level Examination
In order to become a licensed social work practitioner in New Jersey, you will need to complete prerequisite coursework, examination requirements, and, in some cases, supervised work requirements. Also, certain levels of social work in New Jersey can only be reached after earning a Master of Social Work. We are committed to keeping updated information on New Jersey social work licensure policies available to you.
Disclaimer: There may be additional methods of certification that have not been covered here. Please contact your state social work licensing department for more information. Last updated 04/15/2015.
Disclaimer: Social Worker Salary information is taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Information about social worker salaries in New Jersey is subject to change. Please confirm salary information with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 03/30/2016.