Human Services Guide
Arkansas

Social Work Licensure in Arkansas

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Arkansas is a very geographically diverse state, from the US interior highlands, to the lowlands along the Mississippi river and Arkansas delta to the mountains of the Ozarks and Ouachita. Arkansas is a great state to consider starting your Licensed Social Work career in. 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 Arkansas:

First-time applicants for the Licensed Social Worker or Licensed Master Social Worker titles will be issued a provisional license once their application has been received and approved by the Arkansas Social Work Licensing Board. This provisional license is good for one year during which a licensing exam must be taken.

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Licensed Social Worker (LSW)

If you wish to attain the title Licensed Social Work (LSW) in Arkansas, 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 grade on a board approved examination offered by the Arkansas Social Work Licensing Board.

Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)

  • The requirements to receive the title Licensed Master Social Work (LMSW) in Arkansas have a higher standard for education. You will need to start by earning your Master's of Social Work degree from a CSWE accredited university or college.
  • The next step is to apply for your license and which will involve a criminal background check. Finally, you must achieve a passing score on the board approved examination offered by the Arkansas Social Work Licensing Board.

Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW)

If you wish to hold the title of Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) in Arkansas, 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 grade on the clinical examination offered by the Arkansas Social Work Board. You must also provide verification of a minimum of two years (4000 hours) of supervised work experience in the practice of clinical social work.

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