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  • Board of Licensed Social Workers
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    The mission of the Board of Licensed Social Workers is to protect the citizens of Oregon through the licensing and regulation of Social Workers.
    Read more about our Board and it's members!
  • Board Member Vacancy Announcement!
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    The Oregon Board of Licensed Social Workers is looking for an individual interested in serving on the Board as a public representative. If you are interested in the position, please click here for application information!
  • Reporting Requirements for Oregon Social Workers
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    Click here to for information regarding Social Worker Conduct and Administrative Reporting Requirements!
  • Drought Watch
    Oregon is experiencing drought conditions in many areas of the state.  Governor Kate Brown has  declared a drought emergency in a majority of Oregon counties. Along with the Governor, we encourage all Oregonians, regardless of where they live, to do what they can to conserve water. To find out more about the conditions statewide, drought assistance, and what you can do to use water wisely, visit the Oregon Drought Watch website at http://www.oregon.gov/gov/policy/Pages/Drought.aspx

  • Mandatory Licensure or Certification for Clinical Social Workers
    appleblossom 1.jpg​According to Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS 675.523) an individual may not practice clinical social work unless the person is licensed or certified by the Board. Click Here to view the rule and and it's exceptions, or here for a more in depth explanation!
  • Academic Degrees Accepted


    The Oregon Board of Licensed Social Workers will accept academic degrees issued by a college or university that is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) or the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE).
    If you are unsure if your college or university is appropriately accredited, please check with the accrediting agency.
    ·         Council on Social Work Education   http://www.cswe.org/Accreditation/Accredited-Programs.aspx
    ·         Canadian Association for Social Work Education  http://caswe-acfts.ca/commission-on-accreditation/list-of-accredited-programs/
Board Meeting Documents & Information Attention Licensees

Next Board Meeting Scheduled for June 10, 2016


The board will attempt to provide interim approvals in between meetings as time allows.   Feel free to submit applications, final hours, or plan changes you wish to be submitted. DATES FOR INTERIM APPROVALS ARE NOT SCHEDULED OR AVAILABLE UNTIL AFTER THEY ARE COMPLETE.

May 13, 2016  Public Notice and  Legislative and Rules Subcommittee Agenda 


Approvals from May 13, 2016.  Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing.
Please note: Submissions to be seen at the June 10, 2016 Board Meeting must be received, complete, and ready to be reviewed by May 31, 2016.
2014 Board Meeting Schedule, Agendas, and Minutes
Past Board Meeting Agendas & Minutes

 Licensee Information

Renewal Info
*If you are unsure of your license number, you may find it on our licensee look-up page.
*If you do not want to participate in Online Renewal, or if it is unavailable for your license type (RBSW/LMSW) please Click Here to access our downloadable renewal forms!
Applying For a License
LCSW - clinical licensure, masters level
CSWA - clinical certification, masters level
LMSW - non-clinical licensure, masters level
RBSW - non-clinical registration, bachelors level
 **  An average application may take 6-8 weeks processing from start to finish depending on the contents of the application and the necessary application documents.
Please allow 2-3 weeks processing time after the approval is given.
It is not necessary to contact the board, as approvals from the board meeting are posted on the website. As soon as the license or certificate is processed, information will be available on the Licensee Lookup tab.
The Board of Licensed Social Workers approved amendments to OAR 877-001-0020 that implemented a 10% fee increase for certain license renewals.  The new fees are shown  in the following chart.
License type
Renewal period
Previous renewal fee
New renewal fee with 10% increase
2 years
1 year
2 years
2 years
LCSW (inactive)
2 years
LCSW (Semi Retired)
2 years
This increase will allow the Board to continue to provide its current level of service and finish the budget cycle with an ending balance equal to 3-4 months operating expenses, which is the target recommended by the Legislature to help avoid budget shortfalls and to ensure that the Board can provide continuity of service to the licensees.
The new fees took effect January 1, 2016 and will apply to all renewals from this date forward. If you already renewed and were charged the old fee, your renewal is complete and you will not have to pay the additional amount. All renewals going forward will pay the increased amount.  
Please note: 
In an attempt to reduce Board costs & unnecessary waste, the Board & staff are moving toward electronic & digital correspondence whenever possible.  The Board will no longer be providing mailed copies, or renewal notices through the U.S. Postal Service, unless required by law or Board procedural guidelines.   Licensure information is posted on the Web, including your renewal date. Remember your renewal is always due by the end of your birth month.
Please be sure to provide the board with an updated email address.
Thank you for assisting us in our efforts to reduce waste & spending.

Consumer Information

Helpful Links & Documents
Feb. 2013 Board Newsletter
Consumer Protection

-Consumer Protection Complaint Packet                  

-Consumer Protection Information Page


Rule Changes
Check back for new rule changes in January, 2016.
Board Legislation: 2013 House Bill 2082