Social Work Licensing in NYS
Our MSW program is registered with the New York State Office of Professions. Your MSW degree automatically entitles you to sit for the Licensed Masters in Social Work (LMSW) exam. It is important to note that it is illegal to practice social work in New York State without a license. In addition to the LMSW, master’s level practitioners who have 12 credits of clinical course content and meet other requirements such as the required number of hours of supervision by an LCSW may sit for their LCSW exam.
The following links are for the New York State Education Department Office of the Professions Frequently Asked Questions and regulations regarding Social Work licensing in New York State, as well as other useful links.
Association of Social Work Boards - schedule your licensing exam after you have state approval
Clinical Course Checklist - checklist of courses that count toward satisfying the 12 credit minimum clinical requirement for the LCSW
Licensure Fact Sheet - steps for applying for the LMSW in New York State
School Social Worker Certification - steps to receive your certification as a school social worker
Corporate Practice Update - information & video on the waiver process for agencies that weren't authorized to provide psychotherapy under licensure legislation
LMSW Licensure in New York - license requirements
LCSW Licensure in New York - license requirements
LCSW-R Licensure in New York - license requirements
New York Education Law: Article 154, Social Work - applies to the profession and practice of social work, the practice of licensed master social work and the practice of clinical social work, and to the use of the titles "licensed master social worker", and "licensed clinical social worker"
LMSW & LCSW New York Licensure Process Video - Denise Krause explains the LMSW and LCSW licensure process
Current UB School of Social Work Continuing Education training catalog - offers courses in the spring and fall on LMSW and LCSW social work licensure examination preparation