Licensure and Certifications

STEPS FOR APPLYING FOR LMSW OR LCSW LICENSURE IN NEW YORK STATE (excerpted from the NYSED site, as of 1/6/20)

Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) is the entry-level degree for individuals entering the social work profession.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) is the clinical license that allows the licensee to make a clinical social work diagnosis and provide psychotherapy and related services. It requires 36 months of lawful experience. New applicants must first become an LMSW to complete experience and then apply for LCSW.

For information about how to apply, including the required forms, please use the their Applying for Licensure Tool.

For full information about the requirements, review the applicable link below:


ADDITIONAL LINKS AND RESOURCES

Licensing Examinations

Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)

Pearson VUE Testing Sites

Regulations and Requirements

ASWB Social Work Regulations and Licensure Requirements Database

ASWB Quick Report: Licensing Board Websites

ASWB Quick Report: Licensing Requirement Comparison by State

Social Work Practice Mobility and License Portability | Mobility of Supervision Hours for Currently Licensed Clinical Social Workers

State Licensing Boards

CA State Licensing Board – Board of Behavioral Sciences

CT State Licensing Board – Department of Public Health

DC State Licensing Board – DC Health

NJ State Licensing Board – Division of Consumer Affairs

NY State Licensing Board – State Education Department, Office of Professions

You can search for other state licensing boards using the ASWB Quick Report.

School Social Work Certification

CA Commission on Teacher Credentialing

CT Department of Education

DC Office of the State Superintendent of Education

NJ Department of Education

NY State Education Department

You can search for other states by going to the respective state’s education department sites.

Licensure and School Certification Guides

CSSW Guide: Getting Licensure in New York State (LMSW) (as of 5/13/19)

CSSW Guide: Taking the Masters Level Social Work Exam through New Jersey in Your Final Semester of Study (as of 5/13/19)

CSSW Guide: NY State Licensing for LMSW and LCSW (as of 8/2018)

CSSW Guide: NY State School Social Worker Certification (as of 2/2017)

NYSSSWA Guide: School Social Worker Certification

Course Requirements for Clinical Licensure

LCSW Course Requirements (as of 8/2018)

Forms and Other Resources

NYS LMSW Application Forms: Checklist | Form 1 | Form 2 | Form 6 (Plan for Supervised Experience / Requirements for Licensure as LCSW)

NYS LCSW Application Forms: Checklist | Form 1 | Form 2

NYS Licensure Verification Searches

NYS Office of the Professions: Questions and Answers for LMSWs and LCSWs

Additional Resources are available within Career Connect.