Become a Social Worker in South Dakota

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Disclaimer: Due to the rapidly changing nature of social work regulations, for the most up-to-date information on becoming a social worker in South Dakota, contact the South Dakota Social Work Licensing Board.

South Dakota law recognizes four classes of social workers: Certified Independent Practice Social Worker (CIPSW), Certified Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and Licensed Social Work Associate (LSWA). The requirements are as follows:


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South Dakota CSW-PIP (Certified Social Worker – Private Independent Practice)

South Dakota Social Worker

South Dakota Certified Social Worker

South Dakota SWA (Social Work Associate)

In order to become a licensed social work practitioner in South Dakota, you will need to complete prerequisite coursework, examination requirements, and, in some cases, supervised work requirements. Also, certain levels of social work in South Dakota can only be reached after earning a Master of Social Work. We are committed to keeping updated information on South Dakota 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.

South Dakota Social Work Salary

South Dakota Social Work Salary
South Dakota Social Work Career Average Social Work Salary
Child, Family and School Social Workers $39,580
Medical and Public Health Social Workers $40,300
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers $36,690
All Other Social Workers $66,660
Salary Increase from BSW to MSW +$9,000
Disclaimer: Social Worker Salary information is taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Information about social worker salaries in South Dakota is subject to change. Please confirm salary information with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 03/30/2016.

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