According to the Association of Social Work Board all 50 states have laws which govern social work practice and each set their own criteria to obtain licensure. There is no reciprocity between states, you must reapply to change your license to another state and be aware regulations may be different. Most states require an application, school transcripts, passing a background check, and exam.

Review the state's licensure requirements and application materials (find your state)

Licensing Board or College Websites, Statutes and Administrative Rule webpage

Association of Social Work Boards

The Association of Social Work Boards is the organization that produces the required licensure examinations for 49 states. The process of applying for licensure is located on the website.

Identify if an exam is required and which exam you must pass. 

About licensing and regulation

MSW clinical coursework

  • Children, Youth & Families
    Psychopathology
    Clinical Practice with Diverse Populations
    Clinical Theory and Practice
    Family Practice
    Group Practice
    Human Behavior in the Social Environment
    Practice Evaluation
  • Community & Organizational Leadership
    Psychopathology
    Clinical Practice with Diverse Populations
    Clinical Theory and Practice
    Family Practice
    Group Practice
    Human Behavior in the Social Environment
    Practice Evaluation
  • Health
    Psychopathology
    Clinical Practice with Diverse Populations
    Clinical Theory and Practice
    Family Practice
    Group Practice
    Human Behavior in the Social Environment
    Practice Evaluation
  • Mental Health & Addictions
    Psychopathology
    Clinical Practice with Diverse Populations
    Clinical Theory and Practice
    Family Practice
    Group Practice
    Human Behavior in the Social Environment
    Practice Evaluation
  • School Social Work
    Psychopathology
    Clinical Practice with Diverse Populations
    Clinical Theory and Practice
    Family Practice
    Group Practice
    Human Behavior in the Social Environment
    Practice Evaluation
  • Special Practice Areas in Social Work
    Psychopathology
    Clinical Practice with Diverse Populations
    Clinical Theory and Practice
    Family Practice
    Group Practice
    Human Behavior in the Social Environment
    Practice Evaluation