West Virginia Social Work License: LICSW, LCSW, LGSW, LSW Licensing – Licensure

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West Virginia Social Work License Requirements

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

 

West Virginia LICSW and LCSW Licenses

In West Virginia the clinical license is the Licensed Independent Social Worker (LICSW) while the social work macro or generalist license is the Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW). In order to qualify for either license you must first become a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW). This process is listed in the tables below.

 

  • West Virginia 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 Exam Requirements
  • State social work board license application fee.Application Fee
  • Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) exam fee 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
  • West Virginia

  • LCSW

  • Masters Degree in Social Work
  • LGSW
  • 2 years post Masters Degree social work experience
  • None
  • None
  • Advanced Generalist ASWB Exam

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    Social Work Exam
  • None
  • $260 to ASWB
  • $100 to the West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners
  • Every 2 years
  • 40 CEU hours (see board for more details)
  • None
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  • West Vriginia

  • LICSW

  • Masters Degree in Social Work
  • LGSW
  • 3000 hours Clinical Experience
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    West Virginia State Social Work Supervision
  • 100 direct supervision hours in a ratio of 30 hours SW service to 1 hour supervision. At least 60 supervision hours must be face-to-face.
  • Click here for specific information on the ASWB Clinical ExamClinical ASWB Exam

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    Social Work Exam
  • None
  • $260 to ASWB
  • $100 to the West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners
  • Every 2 years
  • 40 CEU hours (see board for more details)
  • $85 to the West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners
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West Virginia LSW and LGSW Licenses

In West Virginia the bachelors and basic masters level credentials are the Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and the Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW). Upon graduation with a bachelors of social work you can apply for the LSW through the West Virginia Social Wok board. Graduation with a masters degree in social Work qualifies you for the LGSW.  The LGSW qualifies you for supervision for either the LCSW or the LICSW. This information is summarized in the table below.

 

  • West Virginia 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. Clinical Exam Requirements
  • State social work board license application fee.Application Fee
  • Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) exam fee 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
  • West virginia

  • LSW

  • 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
  • None
  • $230 to ASWB
  • $100 to the West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners
  • Every 2 years
  • 40 CEU hours (see board for more details)
  • $85 to the West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners
  • Get License Updates Newsletter Sign Up - License and Certification Updates
  • West Virginia

  • LGSW

  • Masters 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
  • None
  • $230 to ASWB
  • $100 to the West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners
  • Every 2 years
  • 40 CEU hours (see board for more details)
  • $85 to the West Virginia Board of Social Work Examiners
  • Get License Updates Newsletter Sign Up - License and Certification Updates

 

 

West Virginia Social Work License Applications and Questions

 

 Application Forms for Social Work License in West Virginia

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) Application

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW): Application

Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW): Application

Licensed Social Worker (LSW): Application

 West Virginia Social Work Board

Board of Social Work Examiners
P.O. Box 5459
Charleston, WV 25361
304-558-8816

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