Human Services Guide

Social Work Licensure in Wisconsin

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Wisconsin is 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. It is critically important to stay informed with regards to current regulations around licensure, here is the website for the State of Wisconsin:

In addition to licenses that require Social Work degrees, there is a limited license known as the Social Worker Training Certificate. This certificate allows certain amounts of limited social work. This certificate is a stepping stone towards more advanced licensure. This certificate is valid for 24 months. More information can be found here:

There are four different kinds of social work licenses in Wisconsin: Certified Social Worker (CSW), Certified Advanced Practice Social Worker (CAPSW), Certified Independent Social Worker (CISW) and the Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)