Tennessee Social Work License: LCSW, LAPSW, LMSW, LBSW Licensing – Licensure

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Tennessee Social Work License Requirements

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

 

 

Tennessee LCSW and LAPSW

In Tennessee there are two advanced social work licenses, the clinical licenses is the Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and the non-clinical license is the Licensed Advanced Practice Social Worker (LAPSW).  In order to become an LCSW or an LAPSW  you must first become a Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW), and this information is listed in the table below.

 

  • Tennessee 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 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. Social Work Supervison Required
  • Required supervision time with supervisorSocial Work Supervision Requirements
  • Required Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) exam to qualify for the license. ASWB Exam Requirements
  • State social work board license application fee.Application Fee
  • Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) exam fee ASWB 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 renewalContinuing 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
  • Tennessee

  • LAPSW

  • Masters or Doctorate Degree in Social Work
  • LMSW
  • 3000 hours of non-clinical social work clinical experience in a minimum of 2 years and maximum of 6 years
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  • 100 hours of supervision with at least 60 hours face to face.
  • Click here for specific information on the ASWB Advanced Generalist ExamAdvanced Generalist ASWB Exam

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  • $25 to Tennessee SW Board
  • $260 to ASWB
  • $125 plus $10 state regulatory fee to the Tennessee Board of Social Work
  • Every 2 years
  • 15 hours of CEU's from Jan-Dec including 2 hours of ethics
  • $130 to the Tennessee Social Work Board
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  • LCSW

  • Masters or Doctorate Degree in Social Work
  • LMSW
  • 3000 hours of social work clinical experience in a minimum of 2 years and maximum of 6 years
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  • 100 hours of direct supervision with at least 60 hours face to face, with a ratio of 1 hour supervisor for every 30 hours of clinical experience
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  • $100 to The Tennessee Social Work Board
  • $260 to ASWB
  • $125 plus $10 state regulatory fee to the Tennessee Board of Social Work
  • Every 2 years
  • 15 hours of CEU's from Jan-Dec including 2 hours of ethics
  • $130 to The Tennessee Social Work Board
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Tennessee LMSW and LBSW

In Tennessee there are two entry level social work licenses, the Licensed Bachelors Social Worker (LBSW) and the Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW).  You must first graduate with a bachelors in Social Work to attain the LBSW and a masters in Social Work for the LMSW. The information is summarized in the table below.

 

  • Tennessee 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 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. Social Work Supervisor
  • Required supervision time with supervisorSocial Work Supervision Requirements
  • Required Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) exam to qualify for the license. ASWB Exam Requirements
  • State social work board license application fee.Application Fee
  • Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) exam fee ASWB 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 renewalContinuing 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
  • Tennessee

  • LBSW

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

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    Social Work Exam
  • $50 to Tennessee State Board
  • $230 to ASWB
  • $50 plus $10 state regulatory fee to the Tennessee Board of Social Work
  • Every 2 years
  • 15 hours of CEU's from Jan-Dec including 2 hours of ethics
  • $80 to the Tennessee State Social Work Board
  • Get License Updates Newsletter Sign Up - License and Certification Updates
  • Tennessee

  • LMSW

  • Masters or Doctorate in Social Work
  • None
  • None
  • None
  • None
  • Click here for specific information on the ASWB Masters ExamMasters ASWB Exam

    More information for this
    Social Work Exam
  • $75 to Tennessee State Board
  • $230 to ASWB
  • $75 plus $10 state regulatory fee to the Tennessee Board of Social Work
  • Every 2 years
  • 15 hours of CEU's from Jan-Dec including 2 hours of ethics
  • $130 to theTennessee State Social Work Board
  • Get License Updates Newsletter Sign Up - License and Certification Updates

 

 

Tennessee Social Work License Applications and Questions

 

 Application Forms for Social Work License in Tennessee

Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) Application

Licensed Bachelor Social Worker (LAPSW): Application

Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW): Application

Licensed Bachelor Social Worker (LBSW): Application

 Tennessee Social Work Board

227 French Landing, Suite 300
Heritage Place Metro Center
Nashville, TN 37243
800-778-4123

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