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Virginia Social Work Licensure

How to become a Social Worker in Virginia

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.

Follow the steps to earn your Virginia Social Work License:

Step One:

Complete the necessary educational requirements for Virginia social work licensure...

  • 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.

Step Two:

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.

Step Three:

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.

Step Four:

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.

Good Luck!

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  • Ranked #11 in the 2015 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 4,000 field internship opportunities that give students real-world 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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Argosy University , Online (campus option available)
  • 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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Regent University prepares students with the knowledge to excel and the faith to live with purpose. Our 20,000 alumni, from more than 110 countries, are changing the world as accomplished professionals. Named a top-15 school nationally for online bachelor's programs (U.S. News & World Report, 2015), Regent is among the most affordable undergraduate Christian colleges (CCCU 2015). Fully accredited, challenging programs are available online and on campus. New classes begin every eight weeks.

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•        Ranked #4 among the 2015 Best Regional Universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.

•        Designated as 2015 Military Friendly School by U.S. News & World Report.

•        Student to faculty ratio of 12:1, with an average class size of 21.

•        85% of faculty holds a doctorate or terminal degree in their field.

•        Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).

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  • Among the top 15% of military-friendly colleges, universities, & trade schools in the nation. 
  • A Service Members Opportunities College.
  • Accepts employer tuition assistance. 
  • Recognized by The Princeton Review Guide to 311 Green Colleges as one of 311 institutions of higher education that demonstrates notable commitments to sustainability.  
  • Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges Inc. (NEASC).
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