Certification and licensing for social workers across the United States requires a BSW or MSW from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program. A social work degree at both the bachelor’s and master’s level from UWM meets this requirement.

With a social work degree obtained from UWM, you will meet the initial licensing requirements for all 50 states. Each state has additional requirements, unique to that state, that will likely include an exam as well as post-graduate professional experience for LCSW or equivalent advanced licensure. There is a national exam through the Association of Social Work Boards, but not all states have adopted this.

More details about the licensing and certification requirements of all 50 states can be found on the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) website.

Wisconsin

The social work degree programs at UWM meet the initial, educational standards for social work certification and licensure in Wisconsin. Additional requirements in Wisconsin include:

Social Worker

Bachelor’s level certification in Wisconsin (CSW). Requires:

    1. BSW education
    2. A Wisconsin Statutes and Administrative Code Examination
    3. The ASWB Bachelor’s-level national exam.

Advanced Practice Social Worker

Entry master’s level certification in Wisconsin (APSW). Requires:

  1. MSW education
  2. A Wisconsin Statutes and Administrative Code Examination
  3. The ASWB Master’s-level national exam.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Advanced clinical-level license in Wisconsin (LCSW). Requires:

  1. MSW Education with demonstrated clinical emphasis
  2. Post-graduate, supervised clinical practice experience (3000 or 4500 hours)
  3. A Wisconsin Statutes and Administrative Code Examination
  4. The ASWB Clinical-level national exam.

Independent Social Worker

Advanced generalist certification in Wisconsin (CISW) Requires:

  1. MSW Education
  2. Post-graduate, supervised practice experience (2 years)
  3. A Wisconsin Statutes and Administrative Code Examination
  4. The ASWB Advanced Generalist-level national exam.