Washington DC Social Work License: LICSW, LISW, LGSW, LSWA Licensing – Licensure

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Washington DC Social Work License Requirements

Washington DC Social Work License
In the tables below are consolidated information for Washington DC social work licenses requirements. Social Work Supervisor.com has summarized this information to make it simple for social workers to understand.

 

All information presented can be found at the DC Board of Social Work Examiners. We review and update our social work license information for DC on a periodic basis.

 

District of Columbia LISW and LICSW Licensure

In DC the advanced social work non-clinical license is the Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) and the advanced social work clinical license is the Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW).  In order to become either an LICSW or an LISW you must first become an LIGSW. This information is listed in the table below.

 

  • District of Columbia License

    Requirements

  • Degree needed to qualify for each license. IMPORTANT: Degree must be from a school accredited by the Counsel on Social Work Education.Degree Requirement
  • License required to qualify for the next license level: You must have this license to qualitfy for the next license.Base License/Certification Requirement
  • Paid clinical work experience needed to qualify for the license.Social Work Experience Requirement
  • IMPORTANT: Most state social work boards require minimum standards for supervisors. At Social Work Supervisor.com we require that supervisors attest they meet state requirments before they can list with us. Social Work Supervison
  • Required supervision time with supervisorSocial Work Supervision Requirements
  • Required Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) exam to qualify for the license. ASWB Social Work Exam Requirements
  • State social work board license application fee.Application Fee
  • Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) exam fee ASWB Social Work Exam Fee
  • After the exam is passed this is the fee paid to the board to get your licenseLicense Fee
  • Period in which your license is valid before you must renew.Renewal Period
  • Number of continuing education units (called CEUs or CEs) required for license renewalSocial Work Continuing Education Requirements
  • Fee paid to the board for license renewalRenewal Fee
  • State Boards review and change license information on a regular basis. Stay up to date by clicking "receive updates" directly to the right. Free State Board Monitoring Service
  • District of Columbia

  • LISW

  • Masters Degree in Social Work
  • LGSW
  • 3000 paid social work experience hours in a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 4 years
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  • Ratio: for every 32 hours of social work experience 1 hour of individual or group supervision
  • Advanced Generalist ASWB Exam

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    Social Work Exam
  • $50 to the District of Columbia Social Work Board
  • No Fee
  • $50 to the District of Columbia Social Work Board
  • Every 2 years
  • 40 hours of CEU's: must include 6 hours of ethics and 3 hours of HIV/AIDS training. Only 12 or the 40 hours can be online.
  • $85 to the District of Columbia Social Work Board
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  • District of Columbia

  • LICSW

  • Masters Degree in Social Work
  • LISW
  • 3000 paid social work experience hours in a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 4 years
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  • Ratio: for every 32 hours of social work experience 1 hour of individual or group supervision
  • Click here for specific information on the ASWB Clinical ExamClinical ASWB Exam

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    Social Work Exam
  • $50 to the District of Columbia Social Work Board
  • No Fee
  • $50 to the District of Columbia Social Work Board
  • Every 2 years
  • 40 hours of CEU's: must include 6 hours of ethics and 3 hours of HIV/AIDS training. Only 12 or the 40 hours can be online.
  • $85 to the District of Columbia Social Work Board
  • Get License Updates Newsletter Sign Up - License and Certification Updates

 

District of Columbia LSWA and LGSW Licensure

In DC the MSW and BSW degree social work licenses are the Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGW) and the Licensed Social Work Associate (LSWA). Upon graduation the corresponding license can be applied for through the DC Social Work Board. Information is summarized in the table below.

 

  • District of Columbia License

    Requirements

  • Degree needed to qualify for each license. IMPORTANT: Degree must be from a school accredited by the Counsel on Social Work Education.Degree Requirement
  • License required to qualify for the next license level: You must have this license to qualitfy for the next license.Base License Requirement
  • Paid clinical work experience needed to qualify for the license.Social Work Experience Requirement
  • IMPORTANT: Most state social work boards require minimum standards for supervisors. At Social Work Supervisor.com we require that supervisors attest they meet state requirments before they can list with us. Social Work Supervison
  • Required supervision time with supervisorSocial Work Supervision Requirements
  • Required Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) exam to qualify for the license. ASWB Social Work Exam Requirements
  • State social work board license application fee.Application Fee
  • Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) exam fee ASWB Social Work Exam Fee
  • After the exam is passed this is the fee paid to the board to get your licenseLicense Fee
  • Period in which your license is valid before you must renew.Renewal Period
  • Number of continuing education units (called CEUs or CEs) required for license renewalSocial Work Continuing Education Requirements
  • Fee paid to the board for license renewalRenewal Fee
  • State Boards review and change license information on a regular basis. Stay up to date by clicking "receive updates" directly to the right. Free State Board Monitoring Service
  • District of Columbia

  • LSWA

  • Bachelors in Social Work
  • None
  • Ongoing Supervision
  • Agency Supervisor
  • Ongoing Supervision
  • Click here for specific information on the ASWB Bachelors ExamBachelors ASWB Exam

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    Social Work Exam
  • $50 to the District of Columbia Social Work Board
  • $230 to ASWB
  • No Fee
  • Every 2 years
  • 40 hours of CEU's: must include 6 hours of ethics and 3 hours of HIV/AIDS training. Only 12 or the 40 hours can be online.
  • $85 to the District of Columbia Social Work Board
  • Get License Updates Newsletter Sign Up - License and Certification Updates
  • District of Columbia

  • LGSW

  • Masters in Social Work
  • None
  • Ongoing Supervision
  • Agency Supervisor
  • Ongoing Supervision
  • Click here for specific information on the ASWB Masters ExamMasters ASWB Exam

    More information for this
    Social Work Exam
  • $50 to the District of Columbia Social Work Board
  • $230 to ASWB
  • No Fee
  • Every 2 years
  • 40 hours of CEU's: must include 6 hours of ethics and 3 hours of HIV/AIDS training. Only 12 or the 40 hours can be online.
  • $85 to the District of Columbia Social Work Board
  • Get License Updates Newsletter Sign Up - License and Certification Updates

 

District of Columbia Social Work License Applications and Questions

 

Application Forms for Social Work License in the District of Columbia

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) Application

Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) Application

Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW): Application

Licensed Social Work Associate (LSWA): Application

District of Columbia Social Work Board

Board of Social Work
D.C. Department of Health
Board of Social Work
899 North Capitol St. NE, 2nd Floor

Washington, DC 20002

202-724-4900

Washington DC Social Work License

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