Wisconsin Social Work License

Wisconsin Social Work License

Earn Your Wisconsin Social Work License

Are you interested in getting your Wisconsin social work license? By getting your social work license in Wisconsin, you’ll be joining approximately 5,017 other social workers in providing the residents of Wisconsin with quality mental health services. Below you’ll find a step-by-step guide for obtaining your social work license in Wisconsin. While we work hard to keep our information up-to-date, it’s best to get in touch with the Wisconsin Joint Board of Marriage and Family Therapy, Professional Counseling, and Social Work at (608) 266-2112 to make sure you’re headed in the right direction.

8 Steps for Obtaining Your Wisconsin 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.

    To qualify as master’s or doctoral degree in social work with a concentration in clinical social work, the course of study shall include a clinical internship and one course in psychopathology in social work and, 2 theory and practice courses from among the following: (a) Case management; (b) Psychopathology in social work; (c) Clinical assessment and treatment of specific populations and problems, such as children, adolescent, elderly, alcohol and drug abuse, family or couples relationships; (d) Psychopharmacology; (e) Psychotherapeutic interventions; (f) Electives such as family therapy, social work with groups, sex- or gender-related issues and topics.

  2. 2

    Apply for the Master’s Level Exam.

    Complete the State Application to become a Advanced Practice Social Worker (APSW).

    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 APSW.

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

  5. 5

    Qualify for the Clinical Exam.

    Complete 3,000 hours of clinically focused supervised practice with at least 1,000 hours of face-to-face client contact (including DSM diagnosis and treatment of individuals) in no less than 2 years and under a board-approved supervisor.

    Applicants without a clinical field placement in their MSW program can earn a clinical license by completing a total of 4,500, rather than 3,000, hours of supervised post-graduate clinical experience.

  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 Wisconsin 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.

 

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