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Indiana

Social Work Licensure in Indiana

  • Find Education Requirements in Indiana for one of the following:

Home to the Indianapolis 500, the legendary Hoosiers college basketball team and a rich and glorious history, Indiana is part of the heartland of America. With a history that stretches back into colonial times, Indiana has seen tremendous changes since its inclusion in the union in 1816. Indiana is a great state to begin one’s 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 Indiana:


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Licensed Bachelor Social Worker (LBSW)

Earning your LBSW in Indiana requires the following these steps:

    • If you wish to attain the title Licensed Bachelor Social Work (LBSW) in Indiana, you must first get a Bachelor’s of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program.
    • Fill out the application provided on the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board and pay the $50 application fee. You can find the application here.
    • Pass a criminal background check and provide sealed transcripts.
    • 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 $230. You are given three chances to pass the exam and then must pay a new fee and re-register.
    • 5. Once the Board has received a passing score from the ASWB, you will be given your LBSW from the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board

    Licensed Social Worker (LSW)

    If you wish to attain the title Licensed Social Worker (LSW) in Indiana, you will need to complete the following steps:

    • You must first get a Bachelor of Social Work or a Master of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited university or college.
    • You will need to document two years of work supervised by a Licensed Social Worker or a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. If you have a Master’s degree you do not need to provide proof of experience.
    • Pass the ASWB Master’s level exam. You will need to register on the ASWB website and pay the non-refundable application and exam fees of $230. You are given three chances to pass the exam and then must pay a new fee and re-register.
    • You must also pass the State’s jurisprudence examination..
    • Fill out the application provided on the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board and pay the $50 application fee. You can find the application here.
    • Congratulations, you are now a Licensed Social Worker in the state of Indiana.

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

    If you wish to hold the title of Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Indiana, you will need to take the following steps:

    • You will first need to a Master or Doctorate of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited university or college.
    • MSW applicants must submit proof of two (2) years of experience in the practice of clinical social work in counseling of clients in a clinical setting. Both years must have been obtained after receiving your MSW degree. The experience must be post-baccalaureate, paid, full-time and supervised to qualify as experience. Part-time experience will be considered by the Board. (Note: One thousand five hundred hours (1,500) equals one (1) year of experience.) Under no circumstances can this experience requirement be met in less than twenty-four (24) months. MSW applicants must submit proof of at least four (4) hours of face to face supervision per each month of experience, provided by a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW).
    • Fill out the application provided on the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board and pay the $50 application fee. You can find the application here.
    • You must also pass the State’s jurisprudence examination.
    • Once you have completed and sent in your application you may apply with the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) for their Clinical Level test. You will need to register on the ASWB website and pay the non-refundable application and exam fees of $260. You are given three chances to pass the exam and then must pay a new fee and re-register.
    • Once you pass the test you will be eligible to receive your new title of Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Indiana.
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    • You can find the full rules and regulations for licensure in Indiana at the Indiana Behavioral Health and Human Services Licensing Board.