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North Dakota Social Work Licensure

How to become a Social Worker in North Dakota

Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their social work licensure in North Dakota. Most procedures and requirements remain constant over the years; however, it is wise to contact the North Dakota Board of Social Work Examiners at (701) 222-0255 to make sure you are on the right track.

Follow the steps to earn your North Dakota Social Work License:

Step One:

Education requirements for North Dakota social work licensure:

  • Licensed Social Worker (LSW) licensure requires canidates to complete a bachelor's degree in social work from an accredited school.
  • Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) requires at least a masters degree in social work from an accredited school.

Request information from schools offering social work degree programs.

Step Two:

Professional experience requirements with associated licensure:

  • Licensed Social Worker (LSW) - no experience is necessary
  • Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) - no experience is necessary
  • A Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) will need to earn 3000 hours of supervised work experience after completing a masters degree program. These hours should take no more than four years under a qualified supervisor.

Details can be found on the North Dakota State Board of Social Work Examiners website.

Step Three:

After the North Dakota social work license application has been submitted to the Board of Social Work Examiners, the licensure applicant has one year to take and successfully complete the licensure examination.

Along with the application, you will need to submit all supporting documents and fees to the Board in order to have it reviewed. You may download the application for licensure form off the North Dakota Board's website.

Step Four:

Once the Board has approved your application, they will notify you of your eligibility to take the appropriate level exam developed by the Association of Social Work Boards.

  • LSW will need to take the Bachelor's level exam.
  • A LCSW can choose to take the Master's, Advanced Generalist, or Clinical level exam.
  • A LICSW will need to take the Clinical level exam.

Information about each exam is available on the ASWB website.

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

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