Become a Social Worker in Montana

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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 Montana, contact the Montana Social Work Licensing Board.

Licensure as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) is required for any official practice as a social worker in Montana. The requirements are as follows:

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Montana LCSW

Montana LCSW Education Requirement: Masters Degree in Social Work (MSW) or a doctorate in social work from a CSWE-accredited college or university 

Montana LCSW Exam: Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Advanced Generalist or Clinical Level Examination

Field Requirement: 3,000 hours of supervised, post-degree psychotherapy work completed in no less than two years including 1,500 hours of direct client contact. Supervisors must hold a valid state license as a social worker, psychologist or psychiatrist.

Fee: $200 application fee, $260 ASWB examination fee, $27.25 fingerprint background check

Additional Information: Three current letters from licensed social workers, licensed psychologists or licensed psychiatrists are required. A supervisor of the applicant must write at least one of the letters. All applicants for licensure must obtain a fingerprint and background check from the Department of Justice.

Endorsement: Available upon board approval

License Renewal: Renewal is required every year. Requirements for renewal are the successful completion of 20 contact hours of continuing education and payment of a $175 renewal fee.

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

Montana Social Work Salary

Montana Social Work Salary
Montana Social Work Career Average Social Worker Salary
Child, Family and School Social Workers $35,940
Healthcare Social Workers $48,620
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers $36,720
All Other Social Workers $42,340
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 Louisiana is subject to change. Please confirm salary information with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 8/22/2018.

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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.