Pennsylvania Social Work License

Pennsylvania Social Work License

Earn Your Pennsylvania Social Work License

Are you interested in getting your social work license in Pennsylvania? By getting your social work license in Pennsylvania, you’ll be joining approximately 36,260 other social workers in providing the residents of Pennsylvania with quality mental health services. Below you’ll find a step-by-step guide for obtaining your social work license in Pennsylvania. While we work hard to keep our information up-to-date, it’s best to get in touch with the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors at (717) 783-1389 to make sure you’re headed in the right direction.

8 Steps for Obtaining Your Pennsylvania 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 to obtain your SW.

    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 SW.

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

  5. 5

    Qualify for the Clinical Exam.

    Complete 3,000 hours or 3 years of supervised clinical experience.

    Obtain a minimum of 2 hours of supervision for every 40 hours of supervised clinical experience. At least 1 of the 2 hours must be individual supervision and in person. Every 1 of the 2 hours may be in a group setting.

    The supervised clinical experience must be completed in no less than 2 years and no more than 6 years, except that no less than 500 hours and no more than 1,800 hours may be credited in any 12-month period.

  6. 6

    Apply for the Clinical Exam.

    Complete the State Application to obtain your CSW.

    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 Pennsylvania 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 CSW.

    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 CSW.

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

 

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