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Washington Social Work Licensure

How to become a Social Worker in Washington

Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their social work licensure in Washington. Most procedures and requirements remain constant over the years; however, it is wise to contact the Washington State Department of Health at (360) 236-4700 to make sure you are on the right track.

Follow the steps to earn your Washington Social Work License:

Step One:

Fulfill the necessary educational requirements for Washington social work licensure.

  • Licensed Advanced Social Worker (LASW) and Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) licensure applicants will need at least a masters degree in social work from an accredited school.

Request information from schools offering social work degree programs.

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Step Two:

Complete the necessary work experience required for your desired licensure.

  • LASW candidates will need at least 3200 hours of supervised work experience.
  • LISW candidates will need at least 4000 hours of supervised work experience.

More details about the hourly requirements and qualifying supervisors can be found on the following Washington State Legislature webpage.

Step Three:

Now, you can submit the Washington social work licensure application to the Washington State Department of Health. You will need to include all supporting documents and required fees.

You may download the application off the following Washington State Department of Health webpage.

Step Four:

Once the Department has reviewed your application, you will be notified of your eligibility to take the appropriate level exam.

  • LASW licensure applicants will need to pass the Advanced level exam.
  • LISW licensure applicants will need to pass the Clinical level exam.

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

Good Luck!

Washington Social Work Schools & Colleges
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  • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
  • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
  • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
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  • Provides students the opportunity to train at home in their spare time to get their high school diploma, train for a new career, or enhance current skills.
  • Member of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education (CNIE), and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
  • Features a fully flexible schedule with no classes to attend, leaving the study pace up to the student.
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  • Ranked #11 in the 2014 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 1,600 field internship opportunities that give students real-world experience.
  • Through its 47 endowed scholarships, it has awared $200,000 to Ph.D students over the course of four years.
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  • Ranked #11 in the 2014 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 1,600 field internship opportunities that give students real-world experience.
  • Through its 47 endowed scholarships, it has awared $200,000 to Ph.D students over the course of four years.
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  • 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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  • 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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  • Online Programs
  • Flexible Scheduling
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  • Ranked among top Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Ranked 37th among the Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Stands as the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation with 100,000+ students.
  • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
  • Has a student-faculty ratio of 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
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  • Ranked among top Regional Universities in the South by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Ranked 37th among the Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News and World Report in 2015.
  • Stands as the largest private, nonprofit university in the nation with 100,000+ students.
  • Offers over 230 programs online, from the certificate to the doctoral level.
  • Has a student-faculty ratio of 25:1, and 42.3% of its classes have fewer than 20 students.
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  • Ranked among the top 20 Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2014 and the top 5 Online Programs for Veterans in 2013 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Recognized in 2014 as both a Military Friendly School by Victory Media and a Best for Vets College by Military Times.
  • Focusing on providing adult education and educational outreach since 1966.
  • Offers several program delivery options, including online, classroom, accelerated, study abroad, and degree completion focused.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
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  • Ranked among the top 20 Online Bachelor’s Programs in 2014 and the top 5 Online Programs for Veterans in 2013 by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Recognized in 2014 as both a Military Friendly School by Victory Media and a Best for Vets College by Military Times.
  • Focusing on providing adult education and educational outreach since 1966.
  • Offers several program delivery options, including online, classroom, accelerated, study abroad, and degree completion focused.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
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• Ranked as one of the Top Public Schools in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
• Ranked as one of the Best National Universities in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
• Has over 4,000 faculty members with notable records in teaching, research and service, including 34 Eminent Scholar chairs.
• Created Gatorade®, the world’s most popular sports drink—just one of many commercial products resulting from the university’s research.
• Has famous alumni such as Joe Scarborough, former congressman and MSNBC morning show host.

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• Ranked as one of the Top Public Schools in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
• Ranked as one of the Best National Universities in 2015 by U.S. News and World Report.
• Has over 4,000 faculty members with notable records in teaching, research and service, including 34 Eminent Scholar chairs.
• Created Gatorade®, the world’s most popular sports drink—just one of many commercial products resulting from the university’s research.
• Has famous alumni such as Joe Scarborough, former congressman and MSNBC morning show host.

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  • Ranked among the 2015 Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Awarded 21 institutional scholarships in 2013, totaling over $76,000 in tuition.
  • Offers several certificate programs where students can earn credits without committing to a full degree program.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
  • Part of the Colorado State University System.
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  • Ranked among the 2015 Best Online Graduate Education Programs by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Awarded 21 institutional scholarships in 2013, totaling over $76,000 in tuition.
  • Offers several certificate programs where students can earn credits without committing to a full degree program.
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association (NCA).
  • Part of the Colorado State University System.
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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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  • 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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  • Several institutional scholarship opportunities are available to students who qualify.
  • Features several learning model options, including online, residency, and hybrid options.
  • Offers graduate degree programs in organizational leadership, mind-body medicine, psychology and human science.
  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
  • Three teaching locations in Seattle, Washington and Houston, Texas, with the university headquarters located in San Francisco, California.
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  • Several institutional scholarship opportunities are available to students who qualify.
  • Features several learning model options, including online, residency, and hybrid options.
  • Offers graduate degree programs in organizational leadership, mind-body medicine, psychology and human science.
  • Accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
  • Three teaching locations in Seattle, Washington and Houston, Texas, with the university headquarters located in San Francisco, California.
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