Board of Social Work License Application

License Application

There is a $25 non-refundable application review fee plus a $1.00 portal administration fee to submit the online application.

There are three categories of licensure: LSW (see KRS 335.090), CSW (see KRS 335.080), and LCSW (see KRS 335.100).

Initial license fees will be: LSW - $75, CSW - $125, LCSW - $200. The license renewal period is every three (3) years.

Licensed Social Worker (LSW)

Licensed Social Worker (LSW) applicants should be prepared to submit the following:

  1. Current job description on agency letterhead and signed by the executive director, agency director, or the individual who heads the office.
  2. Official transcript conferring your Bachelors Degree in Social Work or equivalent Social Welfare program (CSWE accredited). See 201 KAR 23:120 for the equivalency standard.
  3. If you are licensed as a social worker in another jurisdiction, you also must submit:
    • Official License Verification from each jurisdiction in which you hold or held a license.
    • ASWB Official Score Transfer Report for the Bachelors Exam (contact www.aswb.org).

Certified Social Worker (CSW)

Certified Social Worker (CSW) applicants should be prepared to submit the following:

  1. Current job description on agency letterhead and signed by the executive director, agency director, or the individual who heads the office.
  2. Official transcript conferring your Masters or Doctoral Degree in Social Work (CSWE accredited).
  3. If you are licensed in another jurisdiction, you must also submit:
    • Official License Verification from each jurisdiction in which you hold or held a license.
    • ASWB Official Score Transfer Report for the Masters Exam (contact www.aswb.org).

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) applicants should be prepared to submit the following:

  1. Current job description on agency letterhead and signed by the executive director, agency director, or the individual who heads the office.
  2. Official transcript conferring your Masters or Doctoral Degree in Social Work (CSWE accredited). If you are licensed as a CSW in Kentucky, you do not need to resend your transcript.
  3. Supervised Experience Documentation Form (completed by your LCSW supervisors and documenting 200 hours of supervision and two years of supervised clinical practice experience).
  4. If you are licensed in another jurisdiction, you also must submit:
    • Official License Verification from each jurisdiction in which you hold or held a license;
    • ASWB Official Score Transfer Report for the Clinical Exam (contact www.aswb.org); and
    • Documentation that establishes that: 1) You have held a clinical social work license and been engaged in the active practice of clinical social work for five (5) years; or 2) 200 hours of supervision by a licensed clinical social worker, who has been licensed as a licensed clinical social worker for three (3) years.

LICENSURE CANDIDATES REPORTING A PRIOR CONVICTION OR DISCIPLINARY ACTION PLEASE INCLUDE THE FOLLOWING WITH YOUR APPLICATION:

  1. Written explanation of incident from the candidate.
  2. Certified copies of records
    • Disciplinary records: obtain a copy of the final order from the licensure board; or
    • Criminal records: obtain certified copies of the following records from the Court Clerk
    • Copy of Police Report or Grand Jury Indictment
    • Certified copy of Judgment of Conviction
    • Certified copy of Judgment or Sentencing Order.

If your conviction has been probated or you have been paroled, please include:

  • Written statement or report from the Probation or Parole Office to the Board of Social Work that confirms that the probation / diversion / parole was successfully completed; and
  • Proof that all fines, fees, courts costs, and restitution was paid in full, if any.

See KRS Chapter 335B for information on occupational licensing standards in Kentucky for individuals with prior convictions.