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West Virginia Social Work Licensure

How to become a Social Worker in West Virginia...

Below are basic guidelines for those wishing to earn their social work licensure in West Virginia. Most procedures and requirements remain constant over the years; however, it is wise to contact the West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners at (304) 558-4189 to make sure you are on the right track.

Follow the steps to earn your West Virginia Social Work License:

Step One:

Complete the necessary educational requirements for your desired West Virginia social work licensure.

  • Licensed Social Worker (LSW) applicants need a bachelors degree from an accredited school.
  • Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW), Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW), and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) licensure applicants need a masters degree from an accredited school.

Request information from schools offering social work degree programs.

Step Two:

Complete the required work experience associated with your desired licensure.

  • Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) licensure candidates are not required to have documented any previous work experience.
  • LGSW candidates will need 2 years of supervised work experience to be acquired after receiving their masters degree.
  • LICSW licensure applicants will need 2 years, or 3000 hours, of supervised clinical work experience after completing their degree program as well.

More information about required hours and supervisor qualifications can be found on the following West Virginia Secretary of State Administrative Law webpage.

Step Three:

Next, you will need to submit a West Virginia social work licensure application to the West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners. Be sure to include all supporting documents and required fees.

You may download the application off the following West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners webpage.

Step Four:

Once the Board has evaluated and approved your application, you will be notified of your eligibility to take the appropriate level exam developed by the Association of Social Work Boards.

  • LSW candidates will need to pass the Basic level exam.
  • LGSW candidates will need to pass the Intermediate level exam.
  • LCSW candidates will need to pass the Advanced Generalist level exam.
  • LICSW candidates will need to pass the Clinical level exam.

Information about each examinations contents and structure can be found on the ASWB website.

Good Luck!

West Virginia Social Work Schools & Colleges
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