Search for Schools

How to become a Social Worker

Learn about the requirements for earning a social work license.

From a career standpoint, becoming a licensed social worker can open up many doors. Licensed social workers must be knowledgable in a variety of areas and are therefore highly versatile in their abilities.

In addition, the Bureau of Labor and Statistics has forecasted jobs in the fields of social work are expected to grow much faster than the average1. Earning your social work license will put you in a great position to provide infrastructure to a growing field and make a visible difference wherever you choose to be employed.

Why do Social Workers need to be licensed?

Social Work certification or licensure is a regulatory measure taken by most states in an effort to minimize abuse of social workers' professional positions and to ensure proper counseling is given by qualified practitioners.

As the field, and workforce, of social work increases in magnitude, it is vital for the career of social work to keep its name as clean as possible from scandal as well as show the value of social work practices in the community at large. Funding for government programs, such as various areas of welfare, rightfully require proof of success in social welfare prorams.

Therefore, social work licensure is a procedure that helps weed out those who are not interested in social justice or in the betterment of society and the patients they help on an individual basis.

Social work licensing is, in effect, a guarantee for the existance and continual growth of the social work industry.



Click on the state in which you wish to gain your social work license to learn more about the licensure process.

Social Work Schools & Colleges
Results:  10
Matching School Ads

The MSW@USC is the first top-ranked MSW program offered nationally. Many online programs are limited to certain geographic areas or the availability of courses, making it necessary to travel to campus. Our program can be completed from virtually anywhere without the need to relocate to Southern California.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

Capella provides a flexible online learning environment designed for working adults who want to advance in their profession.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

Take a new step in your education with Brandman University.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Valencia
  • Palm Desert
  • Ontario
  • More...
Selected Programs:
  • BA in Social Work
The schools below offer related programs that other inquirers have considered.

Welcome to Argosy University

Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its seven colleges: Psychology and Behavioral Sciences, Business, Education, Health Sciences, Undergraduate Studies, The Art Institute of California and Western State College of Law as well as certificate programs in many areas.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online
  • San Diego
  • Alameda

Experience an education that helps you realize your potential in a way that fits you best. Request more information about Post University today.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

Earn your degree online with Grand Canyon University. We offer approximately 100 bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in a variety of fields that can be completed 100% online.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online

Be a part of the world’s premier institution for humanistic studies at Saybrook University.

Selected Campus Locations:
  • Online