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Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Before You Apply

Some Helpful Links:

For New Licensees/Applicants: Overview of Basic Licensing Concepts  
New Social Work Regulations
Frequently Asked Questions

Have you taken the ASWB Clinical Exam?

If so; we need to know about it! Please request an Official Score Report from ASWB and have it sent it directly to us.

If not; you will need to start out as a CSWA. This is a common issue for applicants coming to Oregon from California, as Oregon does not accept the CA State Exam. Refer here for more information about the CSWA.



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Degree Required

A Master's of Social Work (MSW) degree from a college or university accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) or Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work (CASSW). 

Visit Council for Social Work Education For a Directory of Accredited Programs.
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LCSW - Who is Eligible?

LCSW applicants must complete the minimum requirements for Oregon or show documentation meeting equivalent requirements in other states.  ORS 675.530(3). 
The requirements are:
  • Master's Degree in Social Work
  • Under supervision, complete the equivalent of two years of full-time experience in the social work field.  The minimum, post-master's hours are:
    • 3500 Total Work Hours
    • 2000 Direct Client Hours
    • 100 Supervised Hours (50 of these must be individual)
  • Pass the ASWB clinical exam
  • Pass the Oregon Jurisprudence Exam (a self-test - this is will be a part of your application)
  • Veriy all licensures held outside of the state of Oregon

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How to Apply

DO NOT use this application process if you are currently a CSWA in Oregon. Contact the Board office for process. 

The LCSW Application includes:


  • This is a general application. Pages 1-7 are required for all licenses. Pages 8-12 are specifically applicable to CSWA applicants, and may be left out of your submission. However, you may may be asked to complete pages 11-12, IF your state does not verify your hours on page 13 as part of your credentials.


Page 13 of the application. This form is intended to be completed by all states with which you have held licensure. This may be replaced by a verification form from the verifying state(s), if this is preffered. 

Fingerprint Instructions

The Board requires all applicants to participate in a nationwide fingerprint-based criminal records check.When registering for Fielprint Oregon, use your zip code to find a location near you 
To schedule a fingerprinting appointment for Live Scan, please follow these simple instructions:  
2. Click on the "Schedule an Appointment" button.  
3. Select the State Government for the state you are fingerprinting in.
4. Enter an email address under "New Users/Sign Up" and click the "Sign Up" button. Follow the instructions for creating a Password and Security Question and then click "Sign Up and Continue"  
5. Enter the Fieldprint Code: FPORSocialWorkersDAS
6. Enter the contact and demographic information required by the FBI and schedule a fingerprint appointment at the location of your choosing.

An official transcript is required as part of the application process and is to be mailed directly from your graduate school to the Board office at 3218 Pringle Road SE, Suite 240 Salem, OR 97302. Escript transcripts may also be sent through a secure transcript service to oregon.blsw@state.or.us.

 Please note on your initial application if the name printed on your transcript is different from your current, legal name, and submit documentation showing your name change.


  The Oregon Jurisprudence Exam, together with Oregon's Rules and Statutes, is available on this page for download, or can be mailed upon request. This exam is an open book self-test. Once completed, the exam is mailed, faxed, or emailed back to the Board's office for scoring. As applicable, the Oregon Jurisprudence Exam may be required a second time if there are any changes to Oregon's Rules and Statutes prior to licensure. It is the policy of the Board that all applicants pass the Jurisprudence exam prior to issuance of a license or certificate.


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The following are the LCSW licensing fees payable by check or money order:

Application Fee $150
Initial 2-Year License $260
Criminal Background Check Fee $  50

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Where to Submit

Submit the application materials and all fees to the Board Office:


Board of Licensed Social Workers
3218 Pringle Road
Suite 240


Salem, OR  97302-6310


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