Nebraska Social Work License: LIMHP, PLMHP, LMHP, PCMSW, CMSW, CSW Licensing

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Nebraska Social Work License Requirements

Nebraska Social Work License
The tables below are consolidated information for social work licenses in Nebraska.  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 Nebraska State Board of Social Work Examiners.  We review and update our social work license information for  Nebraska on a periodic basis.

 

Nebraska “Social Work” vs “Mental Health Services”

Nebraska is one of the most confusing states for licensure because they differentiate “social work services” from “mental health services.”

What this mean for you is:

  1. If you wish to provide social work clinical services AND perform assessments/diagnose you need be licensed as a License Independent Mental Health Practitioner (LIMHP)
  2. If you wish to provide clinical services but not be able to perform assessments or diagnose you need to be licensed as a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP)
  3. If you wish to provide supportive counseling or social work case management at the masters level you need to be certified as a Certified Masters Social Worker (CMSW)
  4. If you wish to provide supportive counseling or social work case management at the bachelors level you need to be certified as a Certified Social Worker.

 

Note on the Nebraska LCSW

At the start of our explanation of Nebraska licensure we want to explain that if you wish to use the title Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) you must become BOTH a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP) OR a Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner (LIMHP) AND a Certified Masters Social Worker (CMSW). There is no LCSW license in Nebraska, only the title LCSW. This can be done most easily by doubling up supervision hours with a supervisor who is both an LMHP/LIMHP and a CMSW.  This is summarized in the table below.

  • Nebraska 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 requirements before they can list with us. Social Work Supervision
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nebraska

  • LCSW (LMHP + CMSW)

  • Please note that in Nebraska there is no LCSW but to use the title BOTH the LMHP and the CMSW are needed
  • MSW or PhD
  • PLMHP and PCMSW
  • 3000 hours obtained in a period of not less than 2 and not more than 5 years, one half of which is comprised of experience with clients diagnosed under the major mental illness or disorder category
  • A supervisor who has both the CMSW and the LMHP or LIMHP

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  • Specified as "under supervision"
  • Click here for specific information on the ASWB Clinical ExamClinical ASWB Exam

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    Social Work Exam
  • Application fees for the LMHP + CMSW ($155 + $50) = $205
  • $260 to ASWB
  • None specified
  • 2 years
  • 32 hours (two of the 32 hours must relate to mental health practice ethics)
  • LMHP + CMSW ($155 + $50) = $205
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Nebraska LIMHP

In Nebraska the two clinical licenses are the Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP) and the Licensed Independent Mental Health Practitioner (LIMHP).  The main difference is that an LMHP can provide clinical treatment while an LIMHP can provide treatment AND assessment/diagnosis. There are two ways to become either an LIMHP or an LMHP depending on whether your social work school was accredited. This information is listed in the two tables below.

  • Nebraska 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 requirements before they can list with us. Social Work Supervision
  • 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
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  • LIMHP (MSW-Non-Accredited)

  • MSW from a Non-Accredited School of Social Work
  • PLMHP
  • 7,000 hours of experience obtained in a period of not less than two nor more than five years, one-half of which is comprised of experience with clients diagnosed with major mental illness
  • Click here to find a Social Work Supervisor in your areaNebraska Licensed Behavioral Health Professional or Physician at the LMHP or LIMHP level

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  • Individual face to face supervision 1 time per week
  • Click here for specific information on the ASWB Clinical ExamClinical ASWB Exam with a passing score of 75

    More information for this
    Social Work Exam
  • $155 to Nebraska SW Board
  • $260 to ASWB
  • No Fee
  • Every 2 years
  • 32 CEU hours every 2 years to include 2 hours of ethics
  • $155 to Nebraska Social Work Board
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  • LIMHP (MSW-Accredited)

  • MSW from an Accredited School of Social Work
  • PLMHP
  • 3,000 hours of experience obtained in a period of not less than two nor more than five years, one-half of which is comprised of experience with clients diagnosed with major mental illness
  • Click here to find a Social Work Supervisor in your areaNebraska Licensed Behavioral Health Professional or Physician at the LMHP or LIMHP level

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    Nebraska Social Work Supervision
  • Individual face to face supervision 1 time per week
  • Click here for specific information on the ASWB Advanced Generalist ExamClinical ASWB Exam with a passing score of 75

    More information for this
    Social Work Exam
  • $155 to Nebraska SW Board
  • $260 to ASWB
  • No Fee
  • Every 2 Years
  • 32 CEU hours every 2 years to include 2 hours of ethics
  • $155 to Nebraska Social Work Board
  • Get License Updates Newsletter Sign Up - License and Certification Updates

 

 

 

Nebraska LMHP

In Nebraska there are two ways to attain the LMHP depending on whether you graduated from an accredited school of social work. This information is listed below.

  • Nebraska 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 requirements before they can list with us. Social Work Supervision
  • 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
  • Nebraska

  • LMHP (MSW-Non-Accredited)

  • MSW from a Non-Accredited School of Social Work
  • PLMHP
  • 7,000 hours of experience obtained in a period of not less than two nor more than five years
  • Click here to find a Social Work Supervisor in your areaNebraska Licensed Behavioral Health Professional or Physician at the LMHP or LIMHP level

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    Nebraska Social Work Supervision
  • Individual face to face supervision 1 time per week
  • Click here for specific information on the ASWB Clinical ExamClinical ASWB Exam with a passing score of 75

    More information for this
    Social Work Exam
  • $155 to Nebraska SW Board
  • $260 to ASWB
  • No Fee
  • Every 2 years
  • 32 CEU hours every 2 years to include 2 hours of ethics
  • $155 to Nebraska Social Work Board
  • Get License Updates Newsletter Sign Up - License and Certification Updates
  • Nebraska

  • LMHP (MSW-Accredited)

  • MSW from an Accredited School of Social Work
  • PLMHP
  • 3,000 hours of experience obtained in a period of not less than two nor more than five years
  • Click here to find a Social Work Supervisor in your areaNebraska Licensed Behavioral Health Professional or Physician at the LMHP or LIMHP level

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    Nebraska Social Work Supervision
  • Individual face to face supervision 1 time per week
  • Click here for specific information on the ASWB Advanced Generalist ExamClinical ASWB Exam with a passing score of 75

    More information for this
    Social Work Exam
  • $155 to Nebraska SW Board
  • $260 to ASWB
  • No Fee
  • Every 2 Years
  • 32 CEU hours every 2 years to include 2 hours of ethics
  • $155 to Nebraska Social Work Board
  • Get License Updates Newsletter Sign Up - License and Certification Updates

 

 

Nebraska PLMHP

In Nebraska the beginning clinical license is the Provisional Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (PLMHP) and it is required to begin the process of attaining the LMHP and the LIMHP.  The information on how to become a PLHMP is summarized in the table below.

  • Nebraska 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.Clinical Hour 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. Clinical Supervisor Required
  • Required supervision time with supervisorClinical Supervision Requirements
  • Required Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) exam to qualify for the license. ASWB Social Work Exam
  • 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
  • Nebraska

  • PLMHP

  • Masters from an Accredited School of Social Work
  • None
  • None
  • Nebraska Licensed Behavioral Health Professional or Physician at the LIMHP or LMHP level

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  • Continual Supervision
  • Click here for specific information on the ASWB Bachelors ExamNone
  • $125 to the Nebraska State Board
  • None
  • No Fee
  • Every 5 years
  • None
  • One 5 year period -no renewal
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Nebraska PCMSW and CMSW

The beginning social work certification in Nebraska is the Provisional Certified Masters Social Worker (PCMSW). The PCMSW is required in order to gain supervision toward becoming a Certified Masters Social Worker (CMSW). This information is summarized in the table below. Please remember that in Nebraska a CMSW cannot provide clinical treatment unless they also have the LMHP or the LIMHP.

  • Nebraska 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 Supervision
  • 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
  • Nebraska

  • PCMSW

  • Masters or PHD from and Accredited School of Social Work
  • None
  • None
  • Nebraska CMSW

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  • Continual Supervision
  • Click here for specific information on the ASWB Bachelors ExamNone
  • $125 to the Nebraska Social Work Board
  • None
  • None
  • 5 years -no renewal
  • 32 CEU hours every 2 years to include 2 hours of ethics
  • None
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  • CMSW

  • Masters or PHD from and Accredited School of Social Work
  • PCMSW
  • 3000 hours of social work experience
  • Nebraska CMSW

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  • Ongoing throughout the 3000 hours of social work experience
  • Clinical ASWB Exam passed with a passing score of 75

    More information for this
    Social Work Exam
  • $125 (without LMHP) $50 (with the LMHP) to the Nebraska Social Work Board
  • $260 to ASWB
  • None
  • Every 2 Years
  • 32 CEU hours every 2 years to include 2 hours of ethics
  • $125 (without LMHP) $50 (with the LMHP) to the Nebraska Social Work Board
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Nebraska CSW

In Nebraska the base bachelors and masters level license is the Certified Social Worker (CSW). The information is summarized in the table below.

  • Nebraska 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 requirements before they can list with us. Social Work Supervision
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nebraska

  • CSW

  • Bachelors, Masters or PHD from a School of Social Work
  • None
  • None
  • None
  • None
  • Click here for specific information on the ASWB Clinical ExamNone
  • Maximum of $125 to the Nebraska Board of Social Work
  • None
  • None specified
  • 2 years
  • 32 CEU hours every 2 years to include 2 hours of ethics
  • Maximum of $125 to the Nebraska Board of Social Work
  • Get License Updates Newsletter Sign Up - License and Certification Updates
 

 

 

Nebraska Social Work License Applications and Questions

 

 Application Forms for Social Work License in Nebraska

Licensed Independant Mental Health Practitioner (LIMHP) Application

Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (LMHP) Application

Provisional Licensed Mental Health Practitioner (PLMHP) Application

Certified Master Social Worker (CMSW):Application

Provisional Certified Master Social Worker (PCMSW): Application

Certified Social Worker (CSW):Application

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PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986
402-471-2117

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