Human Services Guide
Arizona

Social Work Licensure in Arizona

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Arizona is a beautiful state with vast peaceful deserts and is one of the “four corners” states. The last of the contiguous states to enter the union in 1912 Arizona has an interesting and complex history. Bordering Mexico gives one the opportunity to take out of country vacations by car with relative ease. Arizona is a great state to start your 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 Arizona:

How does one go about getting a Social Work License in the state of Arizona? It is a multi-step process which includes meeting education requirements, meeting supervised work hour requirements, applying for the state exam and passing the exam. Once you have met the requirements and applied for your exam, you may take the exam at any time within a one year time frame.

The Arizona Social Work Board also provides some exam study guides you may find useful.

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Licensed Bachelor Social Worker (LBSW)

If you wish to attain the title Licensed Bachelor Social Work (LBSW) in Arizona, you must first get a Bachelor’s of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited university or college.

  • You must apply for your license with the Arizona Board and send them a sealed official transcript showing your Social Work degree attainment.
  • You then need to receive a passing grade on the bachelors, masters, advanced generalist or clinical examinations offered by the Arizona Social Work Board. This is accomplished by applying for and passing any of the exams offered by the ASWB here.
  • If you wish to have an independent practice in non-clinical Social Work you must also provide verification of a minimum of 3200 hours of supervised work experience in social work in no less than 24 months after being licensed as a Baccalaureate Social Worker. You can only perform non-clinical social work under direct supervision

Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)

If you wish to hold the title of Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in Arizona, you must first get a Masters of Social Work or Doctorate of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited university or collge.

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  • You must apply for your license and pass a criminal background check with Arizona Board and pay the $250 non-refundable fee.
  • You then need to receive a passing grade on advanced generalist or clinical examinations offered by the ASWB. You will need to register for the exam here and then schedule an exam. You will need to pass the exam within one year of applying. You will be given two opportunities to pass the exam and if necessary will need to re-apply and pay the fees again for further opportunities to pass the exam.
  • If you wish to have an independent practice in non-clinical Social Work with a LMSW you may do so without further requirement.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

If you wish to hold the title of Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Arizona, you must first get a Master or Doctorate of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited university or college.

  • You must also provide verification of a minimum of 3200 hours of supervised work experience in the practice of clinical social work in no less than 24 months. Of these 3200 hours, 1600 hours must be in direct client contact. You may not engage in independent practice during the 3200 hours and must be supervised by a LCSW license holder in the state of Arizona.
  • You must apply for your license with the ASWB paying the $250 application fee and pass a criminal background check. You then need to receive a passing grade on the clinical examination offered by the Arizona Social Work Board. You may find more specific information on requirements of the 3200 hours of supervised work by reading the rules and regulations set for by the Arizona Social Work Board.
  • You will need to take and pass the ASWB clinical exam. You can find the application for the ASWB clinical exam here. You will need to pay the fee and then pass the exam within one year of applying for your LCSW. If you are unable to pass the test on your first two attempts, you may re-apply paying all necessary fees.
  • Once the ASWB has received verification of you passing the exam and providing proof of your 3200 hours of supervised work you can pay the license fee of $250 and be given your LCSW licensure to practice independent Licensed Clinical Social Work in Arizona.