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Nevada Social Work Licensure

How to become a Social Worker in Nevada

Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their social work licensure in Nevada. Most procedures and requirements remain constant over the years; however, it is wise to contact the Nevada Board of Examiners for Social Work at (775) 688-2555 to make sure you are on the right track.

Follow the steps to earn your Nevada Social Work License:

Step One:

Complete education requirements for your desired licensure:

  • Social Worker licensure: possess a baccalaureate or master’s degree in social work that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Eduation or a program in a related field with equivalent course work.
  • Independent Social Worker and Clinical Social Worker: possess a master’s or doctoral degree in social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education

Request information from schools offering social work degree programs.

Step Two:

Complete all supervised experience requirements for your desired licensure:

  • Social Work Licensure - no experience is required
  • Independent Social Worker - complete 3000 hours of supervised, post-graduate social work approved by the Board.
  • Clinical Social Worker - complete 3000 hours of supervised, post-graduate clinical social work approved by the board. 2000 hours must be in the area of psychotherapeutic methods and techniques to individuals in order to help in the diagnosis and treatment of mental and emotional conditions.

More information about supervision requirements can be found on the Nevada Board's website.

Step Three:

Next, you will want to download the appropriate application and submit the application along with all other necessary forms and fees back to the Nevada Board of Social Work Examiners.

You can download all applications and gather more information about the licensing process on the Nevada Board of Social Work Examiners' website.

Step Four:

Lastly, after your application has been evaluated and approved, you will be informed of your eligibility to sit for the appropriate licensure examination:

  • Social Work License - pass the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Examination after being contacted by the Board of your eligibility to sit for the exam.
  • Independant Social Worker License - pass the ASWB Advanced Examination after being informed of your eligibility.
  • Clinical Social Worker License - pass the ASWB Clinical Examination.

More information about the social work licensing examination can be found on the ASWB website.

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

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