Human Services Guide
Missouri

Social Work Licensure in Missouri

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Missouri has a rich history dating back to the French colonies in the Americas. The starting point for the Oregon Trail and also the Pony Express, Missouri has long been at the center of America both literally and figuratively. A presidential bell weather state, Missouri is known to be an accurate predictor of mood and sentiment of the American heartland and by extension the whole country. Missouri 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 Missouri:

There are four different kinds of social work licenses in Missouri: Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW), Licensed Master Social Worker (LGSW), Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and Licensed Advanced Macro Social Worker (LAMSW)  

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Licensed Social Worker (LSW)

  • If you wish to attain the title Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in Missouri, you must first get a Bachelor of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education accredited university or college.
  • Next, you must pass the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Bachelor’s Level Exam.
  • To renew your license, you must have successfully completed 30 contact hours of continuing education.

Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)

  • If you wish to attain the title Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in Missouri, you must first get a Master of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education accredited university or college.
  • Next, you will need to pass the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Master’s Level Exam.
  • To renew your license, you must have successfully completed 30 contact hours of continuing education.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

  • To become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Missouri, you must first get your Master of Social Work or Doctorate of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education accredited university or college. You will also need to be licensed as an LMSW in Missouri to apply to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
  • Before applying, you will also need to log 3,000 hours of supervised social work in a 24 to 48 month period.
  • You must then receive a passing score on an Association of Social Workers ASWB Clinical Exam.
  • To renew your license, you must have successfully completed 30 contact hours of continuing education.

Licensed Advanced Macro Social Worker (LAMSW)

  • If you wish to hold the title of Licensed Advanced Macro Social Worker (LAMSW) in Missouri, you must first get a Master of Social Work or Doctorate of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education accredited university or college.
  • Before applying, you will also need to log 3,000 hours of supervised social work in a 24 to 48 month period.
  • Once you have completed and sent in your application you may apply with the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) for their Advanced Generalist 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 Missouri.
  • To renew your license, you must have successfully completed 30 contact hours of continuing education