Become a Social Worker in Idaho

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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 Idaho, contact the Idaho Social Work Licensing Board.

Idaho law recognizes three classes of social workers: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW). 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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Idaho LCSW

Idaho LCSW Education Requirement: A master’s degree or doctorate from any college or university approved by the Idaho State Board of Occupational Licenses

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

Field Requirement: A total of 3,000 hours of supervised social work experience accumulated in no less than two years is required for MSWs seeking licensure as clinical-level practitioners. No less than 50 percent must be provided by a licensed clinical social worker registered as a supervisor; 1,750 hours must be of direct client contact involving treatment in clinical social work and 1,250 hours involving assessment diagnosis and other social work.

Fee: $70 application fee; $260 ASWB examination fee

Additional Information: One Professional reference is required for application

Endorsement: $90 endorsement fee

License Renewal: $90 renewal fee; continuing education requirement includes 20 hours a year (except for first year), with at least one hour of training in professional ethics; continued education over 20 hours a year may be carried over for the following renewal period

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Idaho LMSW

Idaho LMSW Education Requirement: A master’s degree or doctorate from any college, university approved by the Idaho State Board of Occupational Licenses

Idaho LMSW Exam: Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Master’s Level Examination

Field Requirement: A total of 3,000 hours of supervised social work experience accumulated in no less than two years is required for MSWs seeking licensure as independent practitioners.

Fee: $70 application fee; $230 ASWB examination fee

Additional Information: One professional reference is required for application. 

Endorsement: $90 endorsement fee

License Renewal: $80 renewal fee; continuing education requirement includes 20 hours a year (except for first year licensee), with at least one hour of training in professional ethics; continued education over 20 hours a year may be carried over for the following renewal period.

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Idaho LBSW (Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker)

Idaho LBSW Education Requirement: A Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from any college or university approved by the Idaho State Board of Occupational Licenses

Idaho LBSW Exam: Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Bachelor’s Level Exam

Field Requirement: A total of 3,000 hours of supervised social work experience accumulated in no less than two years is required for BSWs seeking licensure as independent practitioners.

Fee: $70 application fee; $230 ASWB examination fee

Additional Information: One professional reference is required for application. 

Endorsement: $90 endorsement fee

License Renewal: $80 renewal fee; ; continuing education requirement includes 20 hours a year (except for first year licensee), with at least one hour of training in professional ethics; continued education over 20 hours a year may be carried over for the following renewal period 

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In order to become a licensed social work practitioner in Idaho, you will need to complete prerequisite coursework, examination requirements, and, in some cases, supervised work requirements. Also, certain levels of social work in Idaho can only be reached after completing an on-campus or online MSW program. We are committed to keeping updated information on Idaho 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.

Idaho Social Work Salary

Idaho Social Work Salary
Idaho Social Work Career Average Social Worker Salary
Child, Family and School Social Workers $49,420
Healthcare Social Workers $57,000
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers $42,400
All Other Social Workers $70,970
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 Idaho is subject to change. Please confirm salary information with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 08/27/2018.

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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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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.