Human Services Guide
New Mexico

Social Work Licensure in New Mexico

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New Mexico is part of the desert Southwest region of the US and is home to one of the most amazing cave systems on earth the Carlsbad Caverns National Park. In addition to its beautiful natural areas, New Mexico also has a unique cultural and historical legacy. Bordering Mexico on the south along with Texas and Arizona, New Mexico offers many travel options that make it an appealing home for many. New Mexico is also an excellent choice for a 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. It is critical to stay informed about the current regulations in the state’s website on licensure. Here is the website for the State of New Mexico:

There are three different kinds of social work licenses in New Mexico: Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW), Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW).

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Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW)

If you wish to attain the title Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW) in New Mexico, you must first get a Bachelor of Social Work or Master of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education accredited university or college. You must also complete a three hour course on New Mexican cultures.

To apply you must be at least 18 years of age. To become licensed you must apply for your license and pass both the Association of Social Work Boards ASWB Bachelor’s level exam and the New Mexico jurisprudence examination.

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 New Mexico, 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. You must also complete a three hour course on New Mexican cultures.
  • To apply you must be at least 18 years of age. To become licensed you must apply for your license and pass both the Association of Social Work Boards ASWB Master’s level exam and the New Mexico jurisprudence examination
  • To renew your license, you must have successfully completed 30 contact hours of continuing education.

Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW)

  • To become a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) in New Mexico, you must first get your Master of Social Work degree or Doctorate of Social Work from a Council on Social Work Education accredited university or college. You must also complete a three hour course on New Mexican cultures.
  • To attain your license, you will need to show verification of 3,600 hours of professional Social Work practice after attaining your degree. The experience must be supervised and must occur within not less than two year period. 90 hours must be supervised with one hour of supervised work for every 40 hours logged. The supervisor must be a Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW). You cannot have more than 60 percent of your supervised hours within a group supervision context.
  • To apply you must be at least 18 years of age. To become licensed you must apply for your license and pass both the Association of Social Workers ASWB Clinical or advanced generalist Level Exam and the New Mexico jurisprudence examination
  • Once you pass the test you will be eligible to receive your new title of Licensed Independent Social Worker in the state of New Mexico.
  • To renew your license, you must have successfully completed 30 contact hours of continuing education.