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Alabama Social Work Licensure

How to become a Social Worker in Alabama

Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their social work licensure in Alabama. Most procedures and requirements remain constant over the years; however, it is wise to contact the Alabama State Board of Social Work Examiners at (334) 242-5860 to make sure you are on the right track.

Follow the steps to earn your Alabama Social Work License:

Step One:

First you will need to decide which social work license is right for you.

Licensed Bachelor Social Worker (LBSW) is the basic licensing level. A baccalaureate degree in social work from an approved school is needed in order to achieve this license.

Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) requires a masters or doctors degree in social work.

Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) needs a masters or doctors degree in social work as well but also requires post-graduate work and you must also hold a current LGSW license.

Private Independent Practice (PIP) is an LCSW who has spent a certain required amount of time practicing. At this time they can apply for private practice.

Request information from schools offering social work degree programs or learn more about accredited social work programs offered in Alabama on the Council for Social Work Education website.

Step Two:

All licensures have different supervised work experience requirements.

Licensed Bachelor Social Worker (LBSW): An LBSW can take the required examination (download and complete the application in order to be eligible to sit for the examination) directly after graduation. After the examination has been successfully completed. you must work under continued supervision (4 hours per month) of a LGSW for at least 2 years. After this requirement is met, you may continue on without any further supervision granted you remain in the same field of practice.

Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW): An LGSW can also take the exam immediately after receiving their masters or doctoral degree (download and complete the application to be eligible). After this is completed, you can work on acquiring 2 years of supervised experience averaging 4 hours per month. You can then begin the process of working towards your LCSW and also supervise LBSWs.

Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW): After you have passed your LGSW exam (download and complete the application to be eligible), you will need to begin 2 years of professional experience supervised by an LCSW (4 hours per month) before you are eligible to apply for the LCSW. At this time you will be eligible to sit for the LCSW exam.

Private Independent Practice (PIP): To receive a PIP, an LCSW can apply after having completed 3 years of full-time or 5 years of part-time legal practice in their field. They also need 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time experience in a specific social work method after receiving their LCSW. The exam is the same as the LCSW exam. Download and complete the application here.

Your designated examination must be passed within 1 year of application approval. The Board offers opportunities for testing at least twice a year. If after a year you have not passed the appropriate exam, you will have to go through the application process again.

Alabama Social Work Schools & Colleges
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  • Ranked #11 in the 2014 Best Graduate Schools in Social Work by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Offers more specialization opportunities than any other social work program, with 10 concentrations and sub-concentrations and 8 dual-degree programs.
  • The first elite researching university to offer a Master of Social Work degree online.
  • Has 1,600 field internship opportunities that give students real-world experience.
  • Through its 47 endowed scholarships, it has awared $200,000 to Ph.D students over the course of four years.
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  • Ranked #11 in the 2014 Best Graduate Schools in Social Work by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Offers more specialization opportunities than any other social work program, with 10 concentrations and sub-concentrations and 8 dual-degree programs.
  • The first elite researching university to offer a Master of Social Work degree online.
  • Has 1,600 field internship opportunities that give students real-world experience.
  • Through its 47 endowed scholarships, it has awared $200,000 to Ph.D students over the course of four years.
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  • 95% alumni satisfaction rate.
  • Currently holds more than 500 professional alliances, including 19 of the top Fortune 100 companies.
  • Potential students may preview a free, one-week mini course to get an accurate impression of the student experience.
  • Courses are taught by expert faculty, with 86% of professors possessing a doctoral degree.
  • Offers credit for prior experience and learning, as well as scholarships, accelerated programs, and several other ways to help reduce tuition costs.
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  • 95% alumni satisfaction rate.
  • Currently holds more than 500 professional alliances, including 19 of the top Fortune 100 companies.
  • Potential students may preview a free, one-week mini course to get an accurate impression of the student experience.
  • Courses are taught by expert faculty, with 86% of professors possessing a doctoral degree.
  • Offers credit for prior experience and learning, as well as scholarships, accelerated programs, and several other ways to help reduce tuition costs.
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  • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
  • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
  • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
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  • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
  • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
  • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
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  • Ashford Mobile app keeps students connected to the online classroom on the go.
  • Business program offered in partnership and collaboration with Forbes magazine.
  • Offers several credit transfer and previous experience options for students who qualify.
  • Dedicated to fostering intellectual and personal growth since 1918.
  • Offers associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs in business, health, education, and more.
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  • Ashford Mobile app keeps students connected to the online classroom on the go.
  • Business program offered in partnership and collaboration with Forbes magazine.
  • Offers several credit transfer and previous experience options for students who qualify.
  • Dedicated to fostering intellectual and personal growth since 1918.
  • Offers associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree programs in business, health, education, and more.
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  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • In a 2013 survey, 83% of students said they would recommend the university to others.
  • Most degree-seeking online and campus-based students are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
  • Average class sizes is 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Founded in 1937 in Davenport, Iowa as the American Institute of Commerce (AIC).
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  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • In a 2013 survey, 83% of students said they would recommend the university to others.
  • Most degree-seeking online and campus-based students are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
  • Average class sizes is 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Founded in 1937 in Davenport, Iowa as the American Institute of Commerce (AIC).
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  • Formed in 2001, it has 28 locations across the United States.
  • Offers customized blend format of online and campus classes.
  • Extensive activity in the local campus communities.
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  • Formed in 2001, it has 28 locations across the United States.
  • Offers customized blend format of online and campus classes.
  • Extensive activity in the local campus communities.
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  • Online Programs
  • Flexible Scheduling
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  • With 100,000+ students, it's the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation.
  • Since 1971, its mission has been to develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for impacting tomorrow’s world.
  • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
  • The student-faculty ratio is 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76.5%.
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  • With 100,000+ students, it's the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation.
  • Since 1971, its mission has been to develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for impacting tomorrow’s world.
  • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
  • The student-faculty ratio is 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
  • The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 76.5%.
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