Upon completion of the B.S.W. degree and three years of supervised professional experience or upon receiving the M.S.W. degree, graduates may take the examination for Licensed Social Work (LSW) in Illinois. This entitles successful candidates to use the title of Social Worker in the state of Illinois. In Illinois, the M.S.W. graduates may obtain the License Clinical Social Worker certification which requires 3,000 hours of satisfactory supervised clinical experience post M.S.W. and successful completion of the LCSW examination. Each state has specific regulations for licenses for social work and graduates should contact the state in which they wish to practice for this information.
Illinois Department of Professional Regulation which regulates the Illinois Social Work Licenses can be found at: https://www.idfpr.com/ or call 217-782-8556). Information on Wisconsin requirements for licenses is found at the Department of Regulation and Licensing in Wisconsin: http://dsps.wi.gov/Licenses-Permits/Credentialing or call 608- 266-2112.
To register on line for the LSW or LCSW exam contact the Association of Social Work Boards: www.aswb.org/ or call: 1-800-225-6880. The ASWB web page has links to the state license departments throughout the United States.
The School of Social Work's Continuing Education Program offers a review class for these examinations at the end of the fall and spring semesters. For additional information please contact the School of Social Work at 312-915-7005.
Forms required by the states to verify degree completion should be sent to the Loyola University Office of Registration and Records: 820 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago, Ill. 60611.
Some states may require detailed course descriptions and/or field evaluations to verify clinical content for licensure. Students are strongly urged to keep copies of syllabi and field evaluations for ease in this documentation.
- Illinois Department of Professional Regulation
- Illinois Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers