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Illinois Social Work Licensure

How to become a Social Worker in Illinois

Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their social work licensure in Illinois. Most procedures and requirements remain constant over the years; however, it is wise to contact the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation at (217) 782-8556 to make sure you are on the right track.

Follow the steps to earn your Illinois Social Work License:

Or skip down to Illinois Clinical Social Work Licensure

Step One:

To practice as a licensed social worker in Illinois you will need either a bachelor's degree in social work or a masters degree in social work from an approved school.

Request information from schools offering social work degree programs.

Step Two:

Work Experience:

  • After completing a bachelors degree program in social work, you will need to complete 3 years of supervised professional experience. Supervision is required weekly by a qualified person. You will find more information on supervised experience requirments for Illinois social work licensure, here.
  • If you have a master's degree, you are not required to complete supervised work experience in order to earn your Illinois Social Work License.

Step Three:

Before your application can be approved, you will need to take and pass the Masters Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) examination.

You will find more information regarding ASWB examination content, location, dates and registration on the following ASWB website.

Step Four:

After meeting the appropriate requirements, you can download and submit the Illinois social work licensure application to the Illinois Division of Finance and Professional Regulation. You will have 1 year to submit your application after completing the examination.

You can download the Illinois social work licensure application here.

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

Follow the steps to earn your Illinois Clinical Social Work License:

Step One:

To qualify for an Illinois clinical social work license, you will need to either:

  • Have your masters degree in social work from an accredited school.
  • Or have your doctorate degree in social work from an accredited school.

Request information from psychology schools and colleges.

Step Two:

Work Experience:

  • After receiving the masters degree you need 3000 hours of supervised social work experience.
  • After receiving the doctorate degree you will need 2000 hours of supervised social work experience.

In both situations, you will need to have a Division approved supervisor. More information about the qualifications of a supervisor and hours needed is available on the following Illinois General Assembly webpage.

Step Three:

Next, you will need to sit for the Clinical Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) examination. More information on the clinical level exam is found on the ASWB site.

Step Four:

When you have finished all necessary requirements, you can download the Illinois Clinical Social Work Licensure application and submit it to the Illinois Division of Finance and Professional Regulation. You will have 1 year to submit your application after taking the examination.

You will find a link to download the application on the following webpage.

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

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            • Ranked #11 in the 2015 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 4,000 field internship opportunities that give students real-world experience.
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            • 95% alumni satisfaction rate.
            • Currently holds more than 500 professional alliances, including 19 of the top Fortune 100 companies.
            • 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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            • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
            • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
            • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
            • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
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            • Designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media for the 4th consecutive year
            • Listed on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in 2013, for the sixth consecutive year
            • Links students to hundreds of training opportunities ( beyond their traditional internships and practicum) at their many “partner agencies” in each of their local communities.
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            • Ranked among top Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
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            • Stands as the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation with 100,000+ students.
            • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
            • Has a student-faculty ratio of 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
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            • Among the top 15% of military-friendly colleges, universities, & trade schools in the nation. 
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            • Commited more than $60 million in tuition savings in 2015 through scholarships.
            • Active-duty military, veterans, and Veteran’s Administration employees can save 15% on tuition.
            • Offers 24/7 student services, including financial aid help, course registration, and career counseling.
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            • Ranked 33rd among the Best Grad Schools for Social Work in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
            • Founded in 1904 as the nation’s first institute of higher learning to offer training for clinical social workers.
            • Provides a rigorous education, including a nationally accredited Master of Social Work (MSW) Program and PhD in Social Work.  
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            Regent University prepares students with the knowledge to excel and the faith to live with purpose. Our 20,000 alumni, from more than 110 countries, are changing the world as accomplished professionals. Named a top-15 school nationally for online bachelor's programs (U.S. News & World Report, 2015), Regent is among the most affordable undergraduate Christian colleges (CCCU 2015). Fully accredited, challenging programs are available online and on campus. New classes begin every eight weeks.

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            • Each program is designed to instill the knowledge, ethical values, and interpersonal skills of professional practice and to foster values of social responsibility.
            • Offers several flexible learning options, including a blended format that combines campus and online learning.
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            • Features a competency-based MBA program that allows students to test out of subjects based on prior professional experience.
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