Kentucky Social Work Licensure
How to become a Social Worker in Kentucky
Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their social work licensure in Kentucky. Most procedures and requirements remain constant over the years; however, it is wise to contact the Kentucky Board of Social Work at (502)-564-3296 ext. 230 to make sure you are on the right track.
Follow the steps to earn your Kentucky Social Work License:
- Licensed Social Worker (LSW) - A Kentucky licensed social worker candidate needs a bachelors degree from a social work program of an accredited school in order to practice in Kentucky.
- Certified Social Worker (CSW) - A certified social worker needs to have at least a masters degree in social work from an approved school.
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) - A Kentucky licensed clinical social worker candidate needs to earn a masters degree from an accredited school.
Request information from schools offering social work degree programs.
- No work experience is required for a LSW prior to receiving licensure.
- A CSW also does not need work experience before becoming licensed.
- A LCSW will need two years of supervised work experience which can begin accumulating once you have earned your masters degree. Full time work should include a minimum of 30 hours per week over two years or part time of 20 hours a week over three years. The Kentucky Board of Social Work needs to have approved the supervisor(s) before beginning the accumulation of these hours.
More information is available under Laws and Regulations on the following Kentucky Board of Social Work webpage.
Each level of licensure requires the candidate to download the appropriate Kentucky social work licensure application and all other necessary forms. You will then need to complete and submit them to the Kentucky Board of Social Work for review.
You may download the application and find information about fees on the Kentucky Social Work Board website.
Once the Kentucky Board of Social Work has approved your application, they will notify you by mail. At this time you can register for the appropriate level of examination that is administered by the Association of Social Work Boards.
More information on the exams can be found on the ASWB website.
This process can take some time, so being aware of deadlines and keeping your Kentucky Social Worker license active is important.