Minnesota Social Work License

Minnesota Social Work License

Earn Your Minnesota Social Work License

Are you interested in getting your social work license in Minnesota? By getting your social work license in Minnesota, you’ll be joining approximately 5,878 other social workers in providing the residents of Minnesota with quality mental health services. Below you’ll find a step-by-step guide for obtaining your Minnesota social work license. While we work hard to keep our information up-to-date, it’s best to get in touch with the State of Minnesota Board of Social Work at (612) 617-2100 to make sure you’re headed in the right direction.

8 Steps for Obtaining Your Minnesota Social Work License:

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  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 LGSW.

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

  5. 5

    Qualify for the Clinical Exam.

    Obtain 200 hours of clinical supervision

    Complete no less than 4,000 hours and no more than 8,000 hours of post-graduate clinical social work practice authorized by law.

    Of the 4,000 hours of clinical practice, 1800 hours must be “direct clinical client contact."

    If not already completed during your graduate work, obtain 360 Clinical Clock Hours.

  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 Minnesota Social Work License. So once you are cleared, register for the LCSW exam with ASWB.

  7. 7

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

    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 LICSW.

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

  9. Warmly,
    The Therapist Development Center Team