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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!

Virginia Social Work Schools & Colleges
Note: This list contains online and campus schools that accept students from Virginia.
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