How to Become a Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in Ohio
The steps to become an LSW in Ohio were retrieved from the LSW License Instructions from the CSWMFT as of October 2020.
1. Complete a degree in social work from a CSWE-accredited program.
In order to pursue licensure as a licensed social worker (LSW) in Ohio, you must complete, at minimum, a Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) that is accredited by the CSWE.
2. Complete the licensed social worker (LSW) application.
Complete the LSW application and submit the $80 application fee and a processing fee. You may need to provide your driver’s license and a copy of your degree (or letter of good standing along with anticipated degree and graduation date if you are a current student) with your application.
Part of your application is to request approval to take the licensure examination from the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB).
3. Pass the relevant ASWB exam.
Depending on your degree level, you may have to pass the ASWB Bachelors or Masters exam. You may receive authorization from the state to take the ASWB after you submit your LSW application.
4. Familiarize yourself with the CSWMFT laws and rules.
View the CSWMFT Laws and Rules video to help you understand the Board’s rules and ethics requirements of a licensee.
5. Complete criminal background checks.
Complete the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification (BCI) and FBI background checks.
6. Submit your official transcripts.
Have your school submit official transcripts, indicating the degree granted, directly to the Board. Request your transcript to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the address below:
Counselor Social Worker & Marriage and Family Therapist Board
77 S High St 24th Floor, Room 2468
Columbus, OH 43215