Become a Social Worker in Wisconsin

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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 Wisconsin, contact the Wisconsin Social Work Licensing Board.

Wisconsin law recognizes four classes of social workers: Certified Advanced Practice Social Worker (CAPSW), Certified Independent Social Worker (CISW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Social Worker (CSW). The requirements are as follows:


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Wisconsin CAPSW (Certified Advanced Practice Social Worker)

Wisconsin CISW (Certified Independent Social Worker)

Wisconsin LCSW

Wisconsin CSW (Certified Social Worker)

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

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Wisconsin Social Work Salary

Wisconsin Social Work Salary
Wisconsin Social Work Career Average Social Work Salary
Child, Family and School Social Workers $47,170
Medical and Public Health Social Workers $50,390
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers $48,160
All Other Social Workers $57,720
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 Wisconsin 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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