Human Services Guide
Ohio

Social Work Licensure in Ohio

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The geography of Ohio has been very important to its historical and economic importance to the US. Linking the Northeast to the Midwest has allowed large amounts of business traffic and cargo to pass through the state. One of its nicknames is the mother of presidents due to it having a large number of presidents that were born there. With its rich history and great geography, Ohio is a fantastic place to live. Ohio 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. Information on rules and current regulations for Ohio can be found on the state’s website on licensure. Here is the website for the State of Ohio: /

There are three different kinds of social work licenses in Ohio: Social Worker Assistant (SWA), Licensed Social Worker (LSW) and Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW).

The following programs require a Bachelors Degree. If you are seeking a Bachelors Degree or a tailored Graduate Degree use the green button to exact match a program in social work or related education fields.

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Social Worker Assistant (SWA)

  • If you wish to attain the title Social Worker Assistant (SWA) in Ohio, you must first get a Associates “Social service technology” which is defined as 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours of core social work systems, theory and skills courses. This must include a social service practicum with 14 semester or 21 quarter hours of related course work in economics, psychology or sociology. You must average a minimum of a C- average for your classes.
  • You will be required to successfully pass a BCI and FBI criminal record check.
  • Finally, you must pass the Ohio online laws and rules exam.
  • To renew your license, you must have successfully completed 30 contact hours of continuing education.

Licensed Social Worker (LSW)

  • If you wish to attain the title Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in Ohio, you must first get a Bachelor of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education accredited university or college.
  • You will be required to successfully pass a BCI and FBI criminal record check. You must pass the Ohio online laws and rules exam.
  • Finally, 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 Independent Social Worker (LISW)

  • If you wish to hold the title of Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW) in Ohio, you must first get a Master or Doctorate of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education accredited university or college.
  • To attain your license, you will need to accrue 3,000 hours of professional Social Work supervised practice. You will need to log these hours over not less than two years with 150 hours of individual or group supervision by a Licensed Independent Social Worker.
  • Once you have completed and sent in your application you may apply with the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) for their Clinical or Advanced Generalist Level exam. You must pass the Ohio online laws and rules exam. Once you pass the test you will be eligible to receive your new title of Licensed Independent Social Worker in the state of Ohio.
  • To renew your license, you must have successfully completed 30 contact hours of continuing education.
  • Learn about The Doctorate Degree is Social Work (DSW)