How to become a Social Worker in Massachusetts...
Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their social work licensure in Massachusetts. Most procedures and requirements remain constant over the years; however, it is wise to contact the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Workers at (866)-527-2384 to make sure you are on the right track.
Follow the steps to earn your Massachusetts Social Work License:
Complete educational requirements for your desired social work licensure:
- Licensed Social Work Associate (LSWA) and Licensed Social Worker (LSW) applicants need at least an associate degree including courses in social work and other related fields.
- Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) candidates will need at least a masters degree in social work from an accredited school.
Request information from schools offering social work degree programs.
Work experience prior to licensure:
- LSWA - no experience is required.
- LSW - if the applicant received a bachelor's degree in social work, no work experience is required.
- LCSW - no experience is required.
- LICSW - applicants need to have a valid LCSW licensure and to have earned 3500 hours of supervised work experience. Part of these hours need to include direct supervision by a qualified supervisor. More details about the requirements and supervisor qualifications are available here.
After completing the necessary work experience (if required), you can download the Massachusetts social work license application and submit the application to the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Workers.
You can download the application here. Make sure to include all supporting documents and fees when submitting your application materials.
The Massachusetts Board will review your application and notify you once you have been approved to take the examination appropriate for your licensure level.
- LSWA and LSW licensure candidates will need to pass the Basic licensure examination.
- LCSW applicants will need to pass the Intermediate licensure examination.
- LICSW applicants will need to pass the Clinical licensure examination.
All exams listed above are administered by the Association of State Social Work Boards and information about each one is available on their website.
This process can take some time, so being aware of deadlines and keeping your Massachusetts Social Worker license active is important.