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Arkansas Social Work Licensure

How to become a Social Worker in Arkansas...

Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their social work licensure in Arkansas. Most procedures and requirements remain constant over the years; however, it is wise to contact the Arkansas Social Work Licensing Board at (501) 372-5071 to make sure you are on the right track.

Follow the steps to earn your Arkansas Social Work License:

Step One:

First you will need to decide which social work license is right for you. The state of Arkansas licenses three levels of social workers.

Licensed Social Worker (LSW) - a bachelors degree is needed from an approved school. Find various specialties of psychology bachelor degree programs.

Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) 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.

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

Step Two:

In order to become a LSW or LMSW, post-degree supervised experience is not required in order to apply for licensure.

However, once you have received licensure, you should always practice under supervision. An LCSW needs to fulfill 4000 hours of supervised work experience in two years. One hour per week needs to be with direct supervision. You will have 60 days from the beginning of your work experience to agree on a supervision plan with your supervisor. More details can be found by downloading the Arkansas Social Work Regulations from the following Arkansas Social Work Licensing webpage.

Step Three:

If applying for the Arkansas Licensed Social Work licensure or Licensed Master Social Work Licensure, you will need to download, complete and send in an application. You can download an application from the following Arkansas Social Work Licensing webpage.

Once you have submitted your application for a LSW or LMSW, the board can issue a provisional license to practice social work until you have passed the exam and received full licensure. This temporary license will only be issued once and lasts only one year. You can contact the board to see if you qualify for a provisional license by calling the Arkansas Social Work Licensing Board (501) 372-5071 or by emailing to swlb@arkansas.gov.

Step Four:

After you have completed all of your supervised work experience you can download and submit your application to become an Arkansas Licensed Clinical Social Worker. You can download the application here.

Once the application for any levels of certification have been approved, the final step is to take and pass the designated examination. The Arkansas board accepts the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) exams. You can learn more about this examination, such as test dates, content and locations, at the following ASWB webpage.

Arkansas Social Work Schools & Colleges
Note: This list also contains online schools that accept students from Arkansas.

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