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Idaho Social Work Licensure

How to become a Social Worker in Idaho

Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their social work licensure in Idaho. Most procedures and requirements remain constant over the years; however, it is wise to contact the Idaho State Board of Social Work Examiners by emailing swo@ibol.idaho.gov to make sure you are on the right track.

Follow the steps to earn your Idaho Social Work License:

Step One:

To become an Idaho Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW), you will need to receive your Bachelor's degree in social work from an accredited school.

In order to become an Idaho Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW), you will need to earn your masters degree in social work from an accredited school. In addition, to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) you will need a masters degree in social work from an accredited school.

Request information from schools offering social work degree programs.

Step Two:

After completing your degree program, you will then want to download the appropriate application.

You will find a link to download the application for all levels of Idaho Social Work licensure at the bottom of the following Idaho Board of Social Work Examiners webpage.

After the application is submitted the Licensed Baccalaureate Social Work candidate can sit for the Bachelor level exam developed by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB). The Idaho Licensed Master Social Work candidate will need to sit for the masters level ASWB exam after finishing their degree requirements.

You will find more information about the ASWB examination contents, dates, locations and registration information on the following ASWB website.

This is the last step for LBSW and LMSW candidates.

Step Three:

For a Idaho Licensed Clinical Social Work candidates, once your degree is completed, you will need to acquire 3000 hours of supervised work experience over at least a 2 year period. Qualified supervisors should provide face to face supervision for at least 200 hours.

Find more information about the hourly requirements and approved supervisors under the Board Rules link on the following Idaho Board of Social Work Examiners webpage.

Step Four:

Once you have completed the required experience, you can download the clinical social work application and submit it to the Idaho Board of Social Work Examiners for review. You will find a link to the original licensure application at the bottom of the following Idaho Board of Social Work Examiners webpage.

Once approved, you will be eligible to sit for the clinical ASWB exam. You will find more information about the ASWB examination contents, locations, dates and registration on the following ASWB website.

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

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