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New Jersey Social Work Licensure

How to become a Social Worker in New Jersey

Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their social work licensure in New Jersey. Most procedures and requirements remain constant over the years; however, it is wise to contact the New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners at (973) 504-6495 to make sure you are on the right track.

Follow the steps to earn your New Jersey Social Work License:

Choose one of the following licensure options for social workers in the state of New Jersey. Each licensure has different requirements for licensing; therefore, it may be wise to explore all options to see which licensure best fits your situation and career goals:

New Jersey Certified Social Worker

Step One:

Complete a baccalaureate degree in Social Work from an accredited school by the Council on Social Work Education.

Request information from schools offering social work degree programs.

Step Two:

Request an application from the New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners and submit back to the board along with all necessary additional forms, transcripts and fees.

New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners
P.O. Box 45033
Newark, NJ 07101
(973) 504-6495

New Jersey Licensed Social Work License:

Step One:

Complete a master’s degree or doctoral degree program in social work from an educational program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Request information from psychology schools and colleges.

Step Two:

Register and sit for the Intermediate Social Work Examination administered by the American Association of State Social Work Boards.

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

Step Three:

Request an application for New Jersey social work licensure, complete and submit back to the New Jersey Board along with all associated fees and documents.

New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners
P.O. Box 45033
Newark, NJ 07101
(973) 504-6495

New Jersey Licensed Clinical Social Work License:

Step One:

Complete a master’s degree program that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education or a doctoral program in social work from an accredited institution of higher education.

Request information from psychology schools and colleges.

Step Two:

Complete 12 semester hours of graduate level course work in methods of clinical social work practice from an education program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.

Step Three:

Acquire 2 years of full-time clinical social work experience under qualified supervision (must have a LSW license prior to gaining required experience).

More in depth information regarding experience requirements can be found on the New Jersey Board's webpage.

Step Four:

Register for and successfully pass the Clinical Social Work Examination administered by the ASWB.

More information about the Clinical social work exam can be found on the ASWB website.

Step Five:

Request an application and more detailed information by writing or calling the NJBSW:

New Jersey Board of Social Work Examiners
P.O. Box 45033
Newark, NJ 07101
(973) 504-6495

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

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