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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.

Social Work

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.

New Jersey Social Work Schools & Colleges
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  • 95% alumni satisfaction rate.
  • Currently holds more than 500 professional alliances, including 19 of the top Fortune 100 companies.
  • Potential students may preview a free, one-week mini course to get an accurate impression of the student experience.
  • Courses are taught by expert faculty, with 86% of professors possessing a doctoral degree.
  • Offers credit for prior experience and learning, as well as scholarships, accelerated programs, and several other ways to help reduce tuition costs.
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  • 95% alumni satisfaction rate.
  • Currently holds more than 500 professional alliances, including 19 of the top Fortune 100 companies.
  • Potential students may preview a free, one-week mini course to get an accurate impression of the student experience.
  • Courses are taught by expert faculty, with 86% of professors possessing a doctoral degree.
  • Offers credit for prior experience and learning, as well as scholarships, accelerated programs, and several other ways to help reduce tuition costs.
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  • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
  • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
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  • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
  • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
  • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
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  • Ranked #11 in the 2014 Best Graduate Schools in Social Work by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Offers more specialization opportunities than any other social work program, with 10 concentrations and sub-concentrations and 8 dual-degree programs.
  • The first elite researching university to offer a Master of Social Work degree online.
  • Has 1,600 field internship opportunities that give students real-world experience.
  • Through its 47 endowed scholarships, it has awared $200,000 to Ph.D students over the course of four years.
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  • Ranked #11 in the 2014 Best Graduate Schools in Social Work by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Offers more specialization opportunities than any other social work program, with 10 concentrations and sub-concentrations and 8 dual-degree programs.
  • The first elite researching university to offer a Master of Social Work degree online.
  • Has 1,600 field internship opportunities that give students real-world experience.
  • Through its 47 endowed scholarships, it has awared $200,000 to Ph.D students over the course of four years.
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  • Designated as a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, publishers of G.I. Jobs®.
  • Each program is designed to instill the knowledge, ethical values, and interpersonal skills of professional practice and to foster values of social responsibility.
  • Offers several flexible learning options, including a blended format that combines campus and online learning.
  • Several scholarship opportunities are available for students who qualify.
  • Features a competency-based MBA program that allows students to test out of subjects based on prior professional experience.
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  • Designated as a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, publishers of G.I. Jobs®.
  • Each program is designed to instill the knowledge, ethical values, and interpersonal skills of professional practice and to foster values of social responsibility.
  • Offers several flexible learning options, including a blended format that combines campus and online learning.
  • Several scholarship opportunities are available for students who qualify.
  • Features a competency-based MBA program that allows students to test out of subjects based on prior professional experience.
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  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
  • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
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  • Ranked among the Best Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
  • Lets undergrad students try classes before paying any tuition.
  • Has an average class sizes of 18 for undergraduate and 13 for graduate-level courses.
  • Offers numerous scholarship opportunities that can help students save up to $750 per term on their tuition.
  • Tends to educate degree-seeking online and campus-based students who are adult learners with families and students who work while pursuing higher education.
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  • Ranked among top Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Ranked 37th among the Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Stands as the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation with 100,000+ students.
  • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
  • Has a student-faculty ratio of 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
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  • Ranked 37th among the Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Stands as the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation with 100,000+ students.
  • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
  • Has a student-faculty ratio of 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
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  • Ranked among the top 20 Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2014 and the top 5 Online Programs for Veterans in 2013 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Recognized in 2014 as both a Military Friendly School by Victory Media and a Best for Vets College by Military Times.
  • Focusing on providing adult education and educational outreach since 1966.
  • Offers several program delivery options, including online, classroom, accelerated, study abroad, and degree completion focused.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
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  • Ranked among the top 20 Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2014 and the top 5 Online Programs for Veterans in 2013 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Recognized in 2014 as both a Military Friendly School by Victory Media and a Best for Vets College by Military Times.
  • Focusing on providing adult education and educational outreach since 1966.
  • Offers several program delivery options, including online, classroom, accelerated, study abroad, and degree completion focused.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
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• Ranked as one of the Top Public Schools in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
• Ranked as one of the Best National Universities in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
• Has over 4,000 faculty members with notable records in teaching, research and service, including 34 Eminent Scholar chairs.
• Created Gatorade®, the world’s most popular sports drink—just one of many commercial products resulting from the university’s research.
• Has famous alumni such as Joe Scarborough, former congressman and MSNBC morning show host.

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• Ranked as one of the Top Public Schools in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
• Ranked as one of the Best National Universities in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
• Has over 4,000 faculty members with notable records in teaching, research and service, including 34 Eminent Scholar chairs.
• Created Gatorade®, the world’s most popular sports drink—just one of many commercial products resulting from the university’s research.
• Has famous alumni such as Joe Scarborough, former congressman and MSNBC morning show host.

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