Texas Social Work License

Earn Your Texas Social Work License

Are you interested in getting your Texas social work license? By getting your social work license in Texas, you’ll be joining approximately 15,402 other social workers in providing the residents of Texas with quality mental health services. Below you’ll find a step-by-step guide for obtaining your social work license in Texas. While we work hard to keep our information up-to-date, it’s best to get in touch with the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners at (512) 719-3521 to make sure you’re headed in the right direction.

8 Steps for Obtaining Your Texas Social Work License:

  1. 1

    Qualify for the Master’s Level Exam.

    Obtain a Master of Social Work (MSW) from a CSWE approved or accredited college or university.

  2. 2

    Apply for the Master’s Level Exam.

    Complete the State Application.

    Make sure to review your completed application. Missing dates and signatures are the most common reasons applications are delayed. And don’t forget to include the check!

    Once you are cleared, register for the LMSW Exam with the ASWB.

  3. 3

    Prepare for the Master’s Level Exam.

    Pick an exam date and make your test appointment at Pearson VUE.

    Use our complete study system for the ASWB LMSW Exam. We cover the essential topics and supply the thinking strategies you’ll need to figure out the right answer. We provide an organized, step-by-step approach so you won’t waste your time trying to figure out what to study. Coaches who recently passed the exam are available to answer any questions while you prepare. Our materials are developed by social workers who passed the social work licensing exam with over 90% correct. We recommend studying 4-8 weeks with our program.

  4. 4

    Pass the Master’s Level Exam and obtain your LMSW.

    Congratulations! Now you can start earning your hours for the LCSW Exam.

  5. 5

    Qualify for the Clinical Exam.

    Submit a Clinical Supervision Plan to the Board BEFORE initiating your clinical hours.

    Complete a minimum of 24 months of clinical hours in a full-time position (at least 30 hours a week).

    Obtain 100 hours of supervision.

  6. 6

    Apply for the Clinical Exam.

    Complete the State Application.

    Make sure to review your completed application. Missing dates and signatures are the most common reason applications are delayed. And don’t forget to include the check!

    You'll have to pass the ASWB LCSW exam to get your Texas Social Work License. So once you are cleared, register for the LCSW exam with the ASWB.

  7. 7

    Prepare for the Social Work Clinical License (LCSW) Exam and obtain your LCSW.

    Pick an exam date and make your test appointment at Pearson VUE.

    Use our complete study system for the ASWB LCSW Exam. We cover the essential topics and supply the thinking strategies you’ll need to figure out the right answer. We provide an organized, step-by-step approach so you won’t waste your time trying to figure out what to study. Coaches who recently passed the exam are available to answer any questions while you prepare. Our materials are developed by social workers who passed the social work licensing exam with over 90% correct. We recommend studying 4-8 weeks with our program.

  8. 8

    Pass the Clinical Level Exam and obtain your LCSW.

    Congratulations! What an accomplishment. We wish you all the best in your career as a licensed clinical social worker.

  9. Do you have questions about the Social Work Exam? Download our free Social Work Exam Guide.

    Do you still have questions about obtaining your Texas social work license? Contact us and one of our coaches will help out.

    Warmly,
    The Therapist Development Center Team