Become a Social Worker in Oregon

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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 Oregon, contact the Oregon Social Work Licensing Board.

Oregon law recognizes four classes of social workers: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Certified Social Worker Associate (CSWA), Licensed Master’s Social Worker (LMSW) and Registered Baccalaureate Social Worker (RBSW). 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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Oregon LCSW

Oregon LCSW Education Requirement: Master of Social Work (MSW) from a program currently accredited or in candidacy with CSWE

Oregon LCSW Exam: Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Clinical Level Examination, Oregon Jurisprudence Exam

Field Requirement: 3,500 hours of post-graduate experience, with 2,000 hours of direct client; 50 of the 100 supervised hours must be individual. A minimum of 24 months of supervised experience.

Fee: $150 application fee, $260 initial 2-year license fee, $260 ASWB examination fee, $50 criminal background check

Additional Information: Criminal background check required

Endorsement: None

License Renewal: Renewal is required every 2 years with 40 credits hours of continuing education, including 6 hours of ethics, and a $286 fee

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Oregon CSWA (Certified Social Worker Associate)

Oregon CSWA Education Requirement: A Master’s of Social Work (MSW) degree from a CSWE-accredited college or university or the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work (CASSW).

Oregon CSWA Exam: Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Clinical Level Examination upon completion of 75 supervision hours, Oregon Jurisprudence Exam

Field Requirement: A total of 3,500 hours worked, with 2,000 hours of direct client work; 50 hours of the 100 supervised hours must be individual

Fee: $150 application fee, $60 initial license fee, $260 ASWB examination fee, $50 criminal background check

Additional Information: Criminal background check required

Endorsement: None

License Renewal: Renewal is required annually and $66 renewal fee

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Oregon LMSW (Licensed Master’s Social Worker)

Oregon LMSW Education Requirement: A Master’s of Social Work (MSW) degree from a CSWE-accredited college or university or the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work (CASSW).

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

Field Requirement: None

Fee: $50 application fee, $100 initial license fee, $230 ASWB examination fee, $50 criminal background check

Additional Information: Criminal background check required

Endorsement: None

License Renewal: Renewal is required every two years with 30 credits hours of continuing education, including 6 hours in ethics, and a $220 fee

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Oregon RBSW (Registered Baccalaureate Social Worker)

Oregon RBSW Education Requirement: Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from a program currently accredited or in candidacy with CSWE

Oregon RBSW Exam: Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Bachelor’s Level Examination, Oregon Jurisprudence Exam

Field Requirement: None

Fee: $50 application fee, $50 initial license fee, $230 ASWB examination fee, $50 criminal background check

Additional Information: None

Endorsement: None

License Renewal: Renewal is required every two years with 20 credits hours of continuing education, including 6 hours in ethics, and a $110 fee

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

Oregon Social Work Salary

Oregon Social Work Salary
Oregon Social Work Career Average Social Work Salary
Child, Family and School Social Workers $51,110
Healthcare Social Workers $70,190
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers $49,580
All Other Social Workers $53,370
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 Oregon is subject to change. Please confirm salary information with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 8/22/2018.

Oregon Social Work Scholarships

Oregon Rural Health Services (RHS) Loan Repayment Program

Type: Loan Repayment

Amount: Qualifying providers can receive a maximum award of $35,000 per year or 25 percent of total debt, whichever is smaller.

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

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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.