How to become a Social Worker in Montana
Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their social work licensure in Montana. Most procedures and requirements remain constant over the years; however, it is wise to contact the Montana Board of Social Work Examiners and Professional Counselors at (406) 841-2392 to make sure you are on the right track.
Follow the steps to earn your Montana Social Work License:
To qualify for a Montana social work license, you will need to complete a master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) or a doctorate in Social Work (DSW) from a college or university accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
Request information from schools offering social work degree programs.
Next, you will need to complete 3,000 hours of psychotherapy or clinical social work over the course of no less than 2 years and no more than 5.
Additional supervisor requirements can be found on the Board’s website by clicking on the statutes and rules link on the following Montana Board of Social Work Examiners and Professional Counselors website.
Next, you will need to gain 3 letters of reference from licensed social workers, psychologists, or psychiatrists.
Now you will need to download and complete the Montana social work license application and submit the application and all additional necessary documents and fees back to the Montana Board.
You can download the application off the following Montana Board's webpage.
You will be sent a notice of Board approval after your application has been evaluated and approved. You will need to schedule an appointment to sit for the Social Work Examination given twice per month in Helena and Billings. You have one year to take the examination from the time your application is originally approved.
This process can take some time, so being aware of deadlines and keeping your Montana Social Worker license active is important.