Human Services Guide
Minnesota

Social Work Licensure in Minnesota

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Minnesota is known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" due to its seemingly endless lakes and waterways. With breathtaking natural beauty and its crown jewel the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, Minnesota is great place to live. Minnesota is also a great state to start your licensed Social Work career in. It is important to remember that there can always be updates or changes to a state’s rules and regulations. Remember, that the best way to stay informed with current regulations is the state’s website on licensure. Here is the website for the State of Minnesota:

There are four different kinds of social work licenses in Minnesota: Licensed Social Worker (LSW), Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW), Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) and Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW).

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Licensed Social Worker (LSW)

  • If you wish to attain the title Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in Minnesota, you must first get a Bachelor of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education accredited university or college. They will also accept degrees from the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work or a similar accreditation body designated by the board. Alternately, you may hold a Doctorate of Social Work from an accredited school.
  • Finally, you must pass the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Bachelor’s Level Exam.
  • Once you attain your license, you will need to log 4,000 hours of supervised practice with 100 hours of supervision during those 4,000 hours.
  • To renew your license, you must have successfully completed 40 contact hours of continuing education.

Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW)

  • If you wish to attain the title Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) in Minnesota, you must first get a Master of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education accredited university or college. They will also accept degrees from the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work or a similar accreditation body designated by the board. Alternately, you may hold a Doctorate of Social Work from an accredited school.
  • Once you attain your license, you will need to log 4,000 hours of supervised practice with 100 hours of supervision during those 4,000 hours.
  • If you wish to engage in clinical practice you will need to meet the following requirements: You must log 4,000 to 8,000 hours of clinical social work practice. 200 hours of this must be supervised within the 4 - 8,000 hours logged. Of the 4,000 hours, at least 1,800 hours must be in the form of direct client contact.
  • Finally, you must pass the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Master’s Level Exam.
  • To renew your license, you must have successfully completed 40 contact hours of continuing education.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

  • To become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Minnesota, you must first get your Master of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education accredited university or college. They will also accept degrees from the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work or a similar accreditation body designated by the board. Alternately, you may hold a Doctorate of Social Work from an accredited school.
  • Once you attain your license, you will need to log 4,000 hours of non-clinical supervised practice with 100 hours of supervision during those 4,000 hours.
  • If you wish to engage in clinical practice you will need to meet the following requirements: You must log 4,000 to 8,000 hours of clinical social work practice. 200 hours of this must be supervised within the 4 - 8,000 hours logged. Of the 4,000 hours, at least 1,800 hours must be in the form of direct client contact.
  • You must then receive a passing score on an Association of Social Workers ASWB Master Level Exam.
  • To renew your license, you must have successfully completed 40 contact hours of continuing education.

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)

  • If you wish to hold the title of Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in Minnesota, you must first get a Master of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education accredited university or college. They will also accept degrees from the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work or a similar accreditation body designated by the board. Alternately, you may hold a Doctorate of Social Work from an accredited school.
  • You must log 4,000 to 8,000 hours of clinical social work practice. 200 hours of this must be supervised within the 4 - 8,000 hours logged. Of the 4,000 hours, at least 1,800 hours must be in the form of direct client contact.
  • Once you have completed and sent in your application you may apply with the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) for their Clinical Level exam. Once you pass the test you will be eligible to receive your new title of Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the state of Minnesota.
  • To renew your license, you must have successfully completed 40 contact hours of continuing education.
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