Overview of Social Work Licensing in New Jersey
The State Board of Social Work Examiners (BSWE) approves individuals for certification and licensure to practice social work in the State of New Jersey. There are three levels of social work practice:
- Certified Social Workers (CSW)
- Licensed Social Workers (LSW)
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Social workers who would like to be licensed in NJ need to get an application from the BSWE. You can go to their web site at http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/sw/Pages/default.aspx, click on "Applications," and print the correct application for your level of certification/licensure.
If you are applying for a NJ License (LSW or LCSW) and have not yet taken the ASWB exam, PRINT, COMPLETE AND MAIL IN THE PREAUTHORIZATION FORM FIRST in order to get approval to take the ASWB exam. After you pass the exam, you can complete and send in your license application.
State Board of Social Work Examiners (BSWE)
PO Box 45033
Newark, NJ 07101
The New Jersey Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW-NJ) is a diverse membership organization that promotes, develops, and strengthens the professional practice of social work and social workers. Through advocacy and public policy, NASW-NJ affects progressive social change and social justice for individuals, families, and communities.
NASW-NJ assists NASW Members with licensing inquiries. Most of your questions can be answered by visiting the Frequently Asked Questions section.
Licensing Hotline for NASW Members: If you are an NASW Member and require additional assistance, please contact us via the Licensing Hotline at (732) 296-8070 x51 or Licensing@naswnj.org
Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB)
Contact them to schedule your LSW or LCSW exam after receiving approval to take the exam from the BSWE.
NJ Statutes and Regulations
The Statutes and Regulations are the laws and the rules which regulate the profession of social work in New Jersey. Licensed and certified social workers can find answers to questions regarding social work licensing and certification in these documents. We encourage you to read over the Statutes and Regulations and familiarize yourself with the content.
The licensing FAQ section of our website offers a link to language in the Statutes and Regulations relevant to each question.
NJ Statutes http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/Statutes/socialworklaw.pdf
NJ Regulations (updated 06-2015) http://www.njconsumeraffairs.gov/regulations/Chapter-44G-State-Board-of-Social-Work-Examiners.pdf
CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
Continuing Education (CE) Credits are required for each biennial (two year) licensing cycle. To renew your license (LSW or LCSW) or certification (CSW), you will need to have completed the required number of CE credits outlined below during the current biennial period, which is September 1, 2016 - August 31, 2018.
If you are an LCSW:
An LCSW shall complete a minimum of 40 credits of continuing education, of which at least 20 credits shall be in courses or programs directly related to clinical practice, 5 credits must be related to ethics, and 3 credits must be related to social and cultural competency. If the LCSW earns more than 40 credits during a biennial period, the LCSW may carry a maximum of eight surplus credits into a succeeding biennial period;
If you are an LSW:
An LSW shall complete a minimum of 30 credits of continuing education, 5 of which must be related to ethics, and 3 credits must be related to social and cultural competency. If the LSW earns more than 30 credits during a biennial period, the LSW may carry a maximum of six surplus credits into a succeeding biennial period.
If you are a CSW:
A CSW shall complete a minimum of 20 credits of continuing education, 5 of which must be related to ethics, and 3 credits must be related to social and cultural competency. If the CSW earns more than 20 credits during a biennial period, the CSW may carry a maximum of four surplus credits into a succeeding biennial period.
If an applicant initially obtains a license or certificate within the second year of a biennial license period (September 1, 2017 or later) the applicant shall complete not fewer than one-half of the minimum required credits of continuing education, 3 credits of which shall be related to ethics and 2 credits of which shall be related to social and cultural competency. An LCSW shall complete at least 10 of their 20 credits in programs which directly relate to clinical practice.