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South Carolina Social Work Licensure

How to become a Social Worker in South Carolina

Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their social work licensure in South Carolina. Most procedures and requirements remain constant over the years; however, it is wise to contact the South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners at (803) 896-4665 to make sure you are on the right track.

Follow the steps to earn your South Carolina Social Work License:

Step One:

Complete education requirements for South Carolina social work licensure:

  • Licensed baccalaureate social workers (LBSW) licensure candidates need a bachelor's degree in social work from an accredited school.
  • Licensed master social workers (LMSW), Licensed independent social workers - advanced practice (LISW-AP), and Licensed independent social workers - clinical practice (LISW-CP) licensure candidates need at least a masters degree in social work from an accredited school.

Request information from schools offering social work degree programs.

Step Two:

Next, complete professional experience requirements for licensure:

  • Licensed baccalaureate social workers (LBSW) and Licensed master social workers (LMSW) require no supervised work experience for licensure.
  • After receiving your masters degree, a LISW-CP or LISW-AP candidates will need to earn 3000 hours of supervised clinical practice. These hours need to be completed in no less than 2 years and in no more than 4.

Documents with information about the hourly requirements and necessary qualifications of supervisors can be found on the South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners website.

Step Three:

You will need to download the South Carolina social work licensure application and submit the application to the South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners. You will also need to include all supporting documents and necessary fees.

You can download all social work licensure applications on the following South Carolina Board's website.

Step Four:

Once the Board has reviewed and approved your application, you will receive an approval letter of your eligibility to take the appropriate level exam administered by the Association of Social Work Boards and information about registration will be included.

  • A LBSW candidate will need to pass the Bachelors level exam.
  • A LMSW candidate will need to pass the Masters level exam.
  • A LISW-AP candidate will need to pass the Advanced Generalist level exam.
  • A LISW-CP candidate will need to pass the Clinical level exam.

Information about each exam can be found on the ASWB website.

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

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