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Virginia Social Work Licensure

Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their social work licensure in Virginia. Most procedures and requirements remain constant over the years; however, it is wise to contact the Virginia Board of Social Work at (804) 367-4441 to make sure you are on the right track.

Educational Requirements

  • Licensed Social Worker (LSW) licensure candidates will need at least a bachelor's degree in social work from an accredited school.
  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensure candidates will need at least a masters degree in social work from an accredited school.

Request information from schools offering social work degree programs.

Work Experience

  • A LSW applicant who has earned a masters degree does not need to complete supervised work experience. If the applicant only has a bachelor's degree, he/she will need 3000 hours of post-degree experience.
  • A LCSW candidate will need to register a supervision plan and submit a fee to the Virginia Board of Social Work. Then he/she will be able to begin 3000 hours of supervised experience that needs to be earned after receiving a master's degree.

More information and supervisor qualifications can be found on the following Virginia Board of Social Work webpage.

Apply for the License

Now, you can submit a Virginia social work licensure application to the Virginia Board of Social Work including all supporting forms and required fees.

You may download the appropriate applications here.

Evaluation and Approval

The Board will review your application and once approved, you will be notified of your eligibility to take the appropriate level examination.

  • A LSW applicant will need to pass the Bachelor's evel exam.
  • A LCSW applicant will need to pass the Clinical level exam.

Information about both exams can be found on the ASWB website.

Social Work Schools & Colleges
Note: This list contains Campus as well as Online schools.