Earn Your Vermont Social Work License
Vermont is one of the few states that allows individuals to work as social worker in certain positions without a license. However, in order to work as a supervisor or practice clinical social work, a Vermont state license is required. To get this, connect with the Office of Professional Regulation (OPR) within the Vermont Secretary of State office to confirm the requirements and make sure you’re on the right path. However, here we will also outline this process to make it easy to understand.
STEP 2 - Register with the State and Accrue Supervised Experience
- When you’ve graduated with your MSW, you will need to pass the Vermont Jurisprudence Exam. Be sure to print these passing results and hold on to them, as you will need to include them in your application later on.
- Next, before you begin your social work experience, you must register as a non-licensed and non-certified with the OPR and pay the $75 registration fee. If you do not do this before you begin your work hours, it may invalidate those hours.
- Then find an OPR-approved supervisor which can be found on the Licensee Lookup. Once you’ve found this supervisor and secured employment as a supervisee, you will be required to complete 3,000 hours of experience.
- 2,000 of these hours must be providing psychotherapy
- Hours must be completed in no less than two (2) years and no more than five (5)
- For every thirty (30) hours, at least one must be face-to-face supervision
- Half of these supervised hours must be done in an individual setting rather than group supervision
- When your hours are complete, have your supervisor complete a Report of Supervision form to be submitted with your application.
STEP 3 - Submit Your VT LICSW State Application
- After you’ve completed your 3,000 hours, you are eligible to apply for your LICSW license, which can be done on the OPR’s online application system. Part of this application will include:
- $100 application fee
- Three (3) professional references
- Verification of Social Work Education form
- Report of Supervision form
- Public Disclosure form
- Review and approval of your application can take between three (3) and five (5) business days.
STEP 4 - Register for the ASWB Clinical Exam and Study with TDC
- Once your application has been approved by the OPR, the final step will be passing the ASWB Clinical Level exam. You will need to contact the ASWB to register for the exam and pay the $260 fee, and then Pearson VUE to select your testing location and pick your date.
- And finally, study using TDC’s LCSW Exam Prep: ASWB Clinical Level program to give you the edge you need to ace this exam. We use a blend of audio lectures, PDFs, live coaching, and mocks quizzes and exams to meet the needs of all types of learners. Our program is also organized in a concise fashion to give you only what you need to know and nothing more. No more memorizing useless information, as we give you the best strategies to pass this test on your first attempt.
Did you pass? CONGRATULATIONS! You did it! Give yourself a pat on the back and take some time to celebrate. From all of us here at TDC, we wish you the best on a long and inspiring career.