Human Services Guide
Alabama

Social Work License in Alabama

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From its European colonization in 1702 by the French, to its inclusion as part of the US territories in 1810, Alabama has a rich and varied history. With gulf coastline and southern cultural roots there are many aspects of Alabama making it a great place to start a career as a Licensed Social Worker. 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 Alabama:

Once you have applied you may be considered "license eligible". You will need to have an application in the board’s office completed and approved.  This allows you to practice social work for an organization while you are studying and taking the license examination.

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Licenses

The state of Alabama has different levels of licensure depending on academic achievements and clinical experience. We will outline each license below ranked based on education and clinical experience required to gain each license.

Licensed Baccalaureate of Social Work (LBSW)

  1. If you wish to attain the title Licensed Baccalaureate of Social Work (LBSW) in Alabama, you must first get a Bachelor’s of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program.
  2. Fill out the application provided on the Alabama BSWE site which you can find here, and pay the $75 fee. They will then send you a license eligible status to show you are ready to take the next step of signing up for and passing the ASWB exam.
  3. Pass the ASWB bachelor’s level exam. You will need to register on the ASWB website and pay the non-refundable application and exam fees of $25 and $230 respectively. You will then need to schedule your exam at a Pearson Professional Center on a date and time of your choice from the provided schedule. This exam must be passed within one year of applying for your license with the Alabama BSWE.
  4. Once you’ve passed the exam you will need to complete the follow up work experience requirements. You will need to send the Alabama BSWE a completed supervision statement of understanding for LBSW’s which you can find on their website
  5. To apply for the license of LBSW you will need 24 months of at least 4 hours per month of direct supervision by an LGSW or LCSW within the same agency or a PIP if your supervisor is from an outside agency. After two years you will have completed 96 hours of supervised work experience.
  6. To renew your license you will need 30 hours of continuing education for a two year period. Of the 30 Hours required, 20 are allowed to be in self-study/home-study programs.

Licensed Graduate of Social Work (LGSW)

    To gain the LGSW title in Alabama, follow these steps:
  1. To gain the title of Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) in Alabama, you will need to obtain a Master of Social Work Degree or Doctorate in Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program.
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  2. Once you have graduated from an accredited program, you can immediately apply take the exam for LGSW by paying the $75 fee and filling out the application you can find on the Alabama BSWE site here. Once they have received your application they will send you notice that you are license eligible in Alabama.
  3. You will need to take and pass the ASWB Masters exam. You will first need to register for the ASWB Master’s exam and pay the application and exam fees of $25 and $230 respectively. You can find the exam application on the ASWB website
  4. Once you have passed the exam you can begin gaining experience towards becoming a Licensed Certified Social Worker LCSW (see below) and also you may begin to supervise LBSW’s.
  5. To renew your license you will need thirty hours of continuing education for a two year period. Of the 30 Hours required 20 are allowed to be in self-study/home-study programs.

Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW)

    To gain the LCSW title in Alabama, follow these steps:
  1. To gain the title of Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) in Alabama, you will need to obtain a Master of Social Work Degree or Doctorate in Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program.
  2. To gain the title of Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) in Alabama, you will first need to attain your LGSW title (see above), once you have this you will need four hours of direct supervision per month for 24 months, the supervision must come from a LCSW within the agency or a PIP certified in the same practice method if coming from outside your organization. You must complete this supervised work experience prior to applying for LCSW recognition in Alabama as well as taking the ASWB clinical exam (see below).
  3. After being recognized as an LGSW in Alabama you can immediately apply take the exam for LCSW by paying the $75 fee and filling out the application you can find on the Alabama BSWE site here. Once they have received your application they will send you notice that you are license eligible in Alabama.
  4. You will need to take and pass the ASWB Clinical exam. You will first need to register for the ASWB Clinical exam and pay the application and exam fees of $25 and $230 respectively. You can find the exam application on the ASWB website here.
  5. To renew your license you will need thirty hours of continuing education for a two year period. Of the 30 Hours required 20 are allowed to be in self-study/home-study programs.

Private Independent Practice (PIP)

To gain the license for Private Independent Practice (PIP) in Alabama, you will need to have your LCSW license (which requires at least a Masters of Social Work degree) and meet the additional work experience requirements as follows:

  • To renew your license you will need thirty hours of continuing education for a two year period. If you also have a PIP License you will need twenty hours in addition to the thirty required. Of the 30 Hours required 20 are allowed to be in self-study/home-study programs of the 20 for the PIP all can be in self-study.
  • Apply for PIP certification on the Alabama BSWE site and pay the $75 application fee. You can find the application on the Alabama BSWE site here.
  • To renew your license you will need thirty hours of continuing education for a two-year period. If you also have a PIP License you will need twenty hours in addition to the thirty required. Of the 30 Hours required 20 are allowed to be in self-study/home-study programs of the 20 for the PIP all can be in self-study.