Iowa Social Work License

Iowa Social Work License

Earn Your Iowa Social Work License

Are you interested in getting your Iowa social work license? By getting your social work license in Iowa, you’ll be joining approximately 1,751 other social workers in providing the residents of Iowa with quality mental health services. Below you’ll find a step-by-step guide for obtaining your social work license in Iowa. While we work hard to keep our information up-to-date, it’s best to get in touch with the Iowa Board of Social Work at (515) 281-0254 to make sure you’re headed in the right direction.

8 Steps for Obtaining Your Iowa 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 Supervision Plan to the Iowa Board of Social Work for approval BEFORE starting your clinical hours.

    Complete 4000 hours of post-graduate clinical experience.

    Obtain at least 110 hours of supervision with no more than 60 hours being group 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 reasons applications are delayed. And don’t forget to include the check!

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

  7. 7

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

    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 LISW.

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

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

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

Warmly,
The Therapist Development Center Team