New Mexico Social Work Licensure
How to become a Social Worker in New Mexico
Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their social work licensure in New Mexico. Most procedures and requirements remain constant over the years; however, it is wise to contact the New Mexico Board of Social Work Examiners at (505) 476-4890 to make sure you are on the right track.
Follow the steps to earn your New Mexico Social Work License:
Education requirements for New Mexico Social Work Licensure:
- A Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW) will need to have earned a bachelor's degree in social work from an accredited school.
- Both a Master Social Worker (MSW) and a Independent Social Worker (ISW) needs to earn a masters degree in social work from an accredited school.
Request information from schools offering social work degree programs.
Required work experience for each licensure type:
- Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW) - none is required
- Master Social Worker (MSW) - none is required
- An Independent Social Worker (ISW) needs to accumulate at least 2 years of supervised work experience after graduation from the master's program. In these 2 years, they should reach 3600 hours of work practice under a qualified supervisor. More details about the work experience and qualifying supervisors can be found on the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department website.
At this point, you can download the New Mexico social work license application and submit the application along with all other supporting documents and fees to the New Mexico Board of Social Work Examiners.
You can download the application from the following New Mexico Board of Social Work Examiners webpage.
Once the New Mexico Board has approved your application, you will be eligible to sit for the appropriate level Association of Social Work Board's examination and to take the state administered jurisprudence exam. The following are the proper social work exam associated with licensure:
- Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW) - Baccalaureate level examination
- Master Social Worker (MSW) - Masters level examination
- Independent Social Worker (ISW) - Independent level examination
Information about each of the exams can be found on the ASWB website.
This process can take some time, so being aware of deadlines and keeping your New Mexico Social Worker license active is important.