Kentucky Social Work License Information

Kentucky Social Work License Requirements

View the Kentucky Social Work License requirements for roles including Licensed Social and Clinical Work, and Certified Social Work.Licensed Social Worker (LSW)

  • Must hold a Bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW)(must be CSWE-accredited)
  • Must have completed ASWB (Bachelor level) Exam

Certified Social Worker (CSW)

  • Must hold a Master of Social Work (MSW), a Doctor of Social Work (DSW) OR a PhD in Social Work (must be CSWE-accredited)
  • Must have completed ASWB (Master level) Exam

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

  • Must hold a Master of Social Work (MSW), a Doctor of Social Work (DSW) OR a PhD in Social Work (must be a clinical course of study and CSWE-accredited)
    • For non-clinical MSW degree-holders, an additional 600 hours of supervised clinical experience will be required
  • Must have completed ASWB Clinical level Exam
  • Minimum of 200 hours of post-MSW supervised clinical experience

For up-to-date and more detailed information on Kentucky Social Work License Requirements, view the state’s official website: Kentucky Board of Social Work