Become a Social Worker in West Virginia

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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 West Virginia, contact the West Virginia Social Work Licensing Board.

West Virginia law recognizes four classes of social workers: Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW), Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) and Licensed Social Worker (LSW). The requirements are as follows:


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West Virginia LICSW (Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker)

West Virginia LCSW (Licensed Certified Social Worker)

West Virginia LGSW (Licensed Graduate Social Worker)

West Virginia LSW (Licensed Social Worker)

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

West Virginia Social Work Salary

West Virginia Social Work Salary
West Virginia Social Work Career Average Social Work Salary
Child, Family and School Social Workers $34,230
Medical and Public Health Social Workers $45,360
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers $28,310
All Other Social Workers $69,410
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 West Virginia 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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