1. Complete a CSWE-accredited MSW degree.
In order to pursue licensure as a social worker in Colorado, you must have completed your Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from a CSWE-accredited university.
2. Complete postgraduate supervised experience.
For the LCSW license, you are required to submit proof of 3,360 hours of social work experience over two to five years.
3. Complete a health care professionals profile.
This profile is added to a database to help consumers find a provider that best meets their needs. All health care professionals in Colorado are required to have a profile in this database.
4. Pass the jurisprudence examination.
The Colorado jurisprudence exam is only required for LSW and LCSW applicants. The exam focuses on state laws and ethical standards that apply to social work practice in Colorado and is administered online.
5. Apply for the ASWB exam.
To apply for LCSW in Colorado, you must apply for and pass the clinical ASWB exam. However, if you are applying for the LSW exam, you may be able to apply for and pass either the intermediate, advanced generalist or clinical social work exam.
6. Submit required materials and application.
Once you have completed all the required materials and passing scores for examinations, you may submit an application to the Colorado Department of Regulatory Agencies (DORA).