Become a Social Worker in Florida

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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 Florida, contact the Florida Social Work Licensing Board.

Florida law recognizes two classes of social workers: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Master Social Work (CMSW). The requirements are as follows:

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School Program Description
University of Denver
  • Research-driven faculty dedicated to making an impact on social problems
  • Prepares you to apply social work skills across practice settings
Fordham University
  • Four areas of focus: Individuals and Families, Organizations and Community, Evaluation, and Policy Practice and Advocacy
Simmons University
  • Four Clinical Specializations: Child and Family, Trauma and Interpersonal Violence, Mental Health and Addictions, and Health and Aging
  • Three program tracks: Traditional, Accelerated, and Extended
Case Western Reserve University
  • From Case Western Reserve University’s top-10 ranked School of social work
  • Traditional and Advanced Standing tracks available
University of Southern California (USC)
  • Offered by USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, a top-ranked graduate School by U.S. News and World Report
  • Features virtual and in-person field education in or near student’s own communities
Baylor University
  • Ethically integrates faith and social work practice
  • Specialize in clinical practice or community practice

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Florida LCSW

Florida LCSW Education Requirement: Master of Social Work (MSW) or a doctorate degree from a CSWE-accredited program; 24 semester hours or 32 quarter hours in theory of human behavior and practice methods as courses in clinically oriented services, including a minimum of one course in psychopathology, an eight-hour laws and rules (jurisprudence) course and a two-hour prevention of medical errors course

Florida LCSW Exam: Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Clinical Level Examination

Field Requirement: Two years of post-master’s experience under the supervision of an LCSW, including 1,500 hours of providing face-to-face psychotherapy, over the course of at least 100 weeks Fee: $180 application fee, $260 ASWB examination fee

Additional Information: A three-hour course on HIV/AIDS and a two-hour course on domestic violence must be completed within six months of initial licensure.

Endorsement: Available upon board approval

License Renewal: Renewal is required every two years. Requirements for renewal are the successful completion of 25 contact hours of continuing education and payment of a $120 renewal fee before your license expires or $225 after your license expires. No continuing education requirement for first renewal. 

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

Florida CMSW (Certified Masters Social Worker)

Florida C Education Requirement: Master of Social Work (MSW) or a doctorate degree from a CSWE-accredited program; 24 semester hours or 32 quarter hours in theory of human behavior and practice methods as courses in clinically oriented services, including a minimum of one course in psychopathology, an eight-hour laws and rules (jurisprudence) course and a two-hour prevention of medical errors course

Florida CMSW Education Requirement: Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from a CSWE-accredited program; demonstrate coursework in eight specific areas including research, advocacy, and agency administration.

Florida CMSW Exam: Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Advanced Generalist Level Examination

Field Requirement: Three years of experience is required; at least two must be post-master. If the social worker enrolls in a doctoral program, experience hours earned during this period may be counted. The two years of post-master experience may be supervised by a clinical social worker or by a person who meets the education and experience requirements for certification as a CMSW.

Fee: $205 application fee, $260 ASWB examination fee. More information on certified master social work in Florida fees from the Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling

Additional Information:A three-hour course on HIV/AIDS and a two-hour course on domestic violence must be completed within six months of initial licensure, an eight-hour laws and rules (jurisprudence) course and a two-hour prevention of medical errors course

Endorsement: Available upon board approval

License Renewal: Renewal is required every two years. Requirements for renewal are the successful completion of 25 contact hours of continuing education and payment of a $155 renewal fee before your license expires or $260 after your license expires. No continuing education requirement for first renewal. 

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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.

Florida Social Work Salary

Florida Social Work Salary
Florida Social Work Career Average Social Worker Salary
Child, Family and School Social Workers $41,600
Healthcare Social Workers $50,470
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers $42,910
All Other Social Workers $67,270
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 Florida is subject to change. Please confirm salary information with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 08/22/2018.

Florida Social Work Scholarships

Florida Child Welfare Student Loan Forgiveness Program

Type: Loan Repayment

Amount: $8,000 per year

Description: This program provides loan assistance to eligible students for upper-division undergraduate and graduate study. The primary purpose of the program is to attract capable and promising students to the child welfare profession. The program also works to increase employment and retention of individuals who are working toward or who have received a master’s degree in social work. A graduate forgiveness loan may be awarded for two graduate years, not to exceed $8,000 per year.

National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc. Graduate Scholarship Program

Type: Scholarship

Amount: Varies

Description: The National Association of Junior Auxiliaries, Inc. (NAJA) was established in 1941 with the purpose of uniting members to render charitable services that are beneficial to the general public, with particular emphasis on children, and to cooperate with other organizations performing similar services. Today, the growing Association continues with the focus of meeting the needs of children and youth in keeping with the NAJA slogan: Care Today – Character Tomorrow.

Additional scholarship information is available on the national page of social work scholarships.

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Sponsored Online Social Work Programs
School Program Description
University of Denver
  • Research-driven faculty dedicated to making an impact on social problems
  • Prepares you to apply social work skills across practice settings
Fordham University
  • Four areas of focus: Individuals and Families, Organizations and Community, Evaluation, and Policy Practice and Advocacy
Simmons University
  • Four Clinical Specializations: Child and Family, Trauma and Interpersonal Violence, Mental Health and Addictions, and Health and Aging
  • Three program tracks: Traditional, Accelerated, and Extended
Case Western Reserve University
  • From Case Western Reserve University’s top-10 ranked School of social work
  • Traditional and Advanced Standing tracks available
University of Southern California (USC)
  • Offered by USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, a top-ranked graduate School by U.S. News and World Report
  • Features virtual and in-person field education in or near student’s own communities
Baylor University
  • Ethically integrates faith and social work practice
  • Specialize in clinical practice or community practice

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Licensure information including requirements, renewals, and fees were retrieved as of August 2018. Information may have changed since, check with the state’s board of licensing for more information.