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Hawaii Social Work Licensure

How to become a Social Worker in Hawaii

Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their social work licensure in Hawaii. Most procedures and requirements remain constant over the years; however, it is wise to contact the Hawaii Board of Professional and Vocational Licensing at (808) 586-3000 to make sure you are on the right track.

Follow the steps to earn your Hawaii Social Work License:

Step One:

Candidates for the Hawaii Licensed Bachelor Social Worker (LBSW) title will need to have earned a bachelors degree from an accredited social work program.

Candidates for the Hawaii Licensed Social Worker (LSW) or Hawaii Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) titles need to have completed a masters or doctoral degree.

Request information from schools offering social work degree programs.

Step Two:

After earning your bachelors degree, a LBSW candidate will need to download and send away the social work licensure application. You can download the application from the following Hawaii Professional and Vocational Licensing webpage.

Next, you will need to pass the basic level exam developed by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB). You can find an outline for the Bachelors Examination on the following ASWB webpage.

Once a LSW candidate has received their masters or doctoral level degree, they will need to download the LSW application (download the LSW application here).

After evaluation and approval of the application, the LSW candidate will become eligible to sit for the Masters or Intermediate Examination provided by the ASWB. The outline for the Masters or Intermediate Examination can be found on the following ASWB webpage.

The next step to become a LCSW is to complete 3000 hours of supervised clinical social work which can begin directly after receiving your masters degree. These hours should be met in no less than 2 years and no more than 5. More details on the required hours and necessary qualifications of supervisors can be found on the following Hawaii Professional and Vocational Licensing webpage.

Step Three:

Once the supervised hours have been completed, to earn your Hawaii Clinical Social Work License, you will need to download the appropriate application and submit it to the Hawaii Board of Social Work Examiners.

You can download the Hawaii Clinical Social Work licensure application off the following webpage.

Step Four:

After submitting and receiving approval of your application, you will be ready to take the Clinical level examination from the ASWB.

Information on the exam is available on the ASWB website.

This process can take some time, so being aware of deadlines and keeping your Hawaii Social Worker license active is important.

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