Human Services Guide
Arizona

Social Work Licensure in Arizona

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Arizona is a beautiful state with vast peaceful deserts and is one of the “four corners” states. The last of the contiguous states to enter the union in 1912 Arizona has an interesting and complex history. Bordering Mexico gives one the opportunity to take out of country vacations by car with relative ease. Arizona is a great state to start your career as a licensed Social Worker. It is important to check in with each state’s Social Work board to get accurate and up to date information on the states licensing process. Here is the website for the State of Arizona:

How does one go about getting a Social Work License in the state of Arizona? It is a multi-step process which includes meeting education requirements, meeting supervised work hour requirements, applying for the state exam and passing the exam. Once you have met the requirements and applied for your exam, you may take the exam at any time within a one year time frame.

The Arizona Social Work Board also provides some exam study guides you may find useful.

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Licensed Bachelor Social Worker (LBSW)

If you wish to attain the title Licensed Bachelor Social Work (LBSW) in Arizona, you must first get a Bachelor’s of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education accredited university or college.

You must apply for your license and pass a criminal background check. You then need to receive a passing grad on the bachelors, masters, advanced generalist or clinical examinations offered by the Arizona Social Work Board.

If you wish to have an independent practice in non-clinical Social Work you must also provide verification of a minimum of 3200 hours of supervised work experience in social work in no less than 24 months after being licensed as a bachelor.

Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)

If you wish to hold the title of Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in Arizona, you must first get a Masters of Social Work or Doctorate of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education accredited university or collge.

You must apply for your license and pass a criminal background check. You then need to receive a passing grad on the bachelors, masters, advanced generalist or clinical examinations offered by the Arizona Social Work Board.

If you wish to have an independent practice in non-clinical Social Work with a LMSW you may do so without further requirement.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

If you wish to hold the title of Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Arizona, you must first get a Master or Doctorate of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education accredited university or college.

You must apply for your license and pass a criminal background check. You then need to receive a passing grad on the clinical examination offered by the Arizona Social Work Board. You must also provide verification of a minimum of 3200 hours of supervised work experience in the practice of clinical social work in no less than 24 months. Of these 3200 hours, 1600 hours must be in direct client contact. You may not engage in independent practice during the 3200 hours.

You may find more specific information on requirements of the 3200 hours of supervised work by reading the rules and regulations set for by the Arizona Social Work Board here:

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