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Social Work Licenses

What License Do I Need?

 
In Oregon, the practice of clinical social work is protected per ORS 675.523.
 
A person may not practice clinical social work unless the person is a clinical social worker licensed under the State of Oregon, or a clinical social work associate certified by the Board of Licensed Social Workers in Oregon.

 

Clinical Licenses

Clinical Social Work Associate (CSWA)

The first step in obtaining a clinical license. 
You will need a CSWA in Oregon if: 
  • You are a new MSW 
  • You are an MSW currently under supervision in another state. 
  • You are a newly licensed clinical social worker in another state that has not met the Oregon licensure requirements.

 Application Fees:

$260

Temporary CSWA

A Temporary CSWA may be offered, if you are not planning to practice in Oregon, and:
  • just need to take the clinical exam to qualify for the LCSW, or
  • you need a CSWA designation to apply for a specific job.

The temporary CSWA, will expire after 180 days and is not eligible for renewal.

Application Fees:

$260

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

You qualify for the LCSW if:
  • You are currently or previously licensed in another state.
  • You meet the following LCSW requirements:
    • 3500 hours clinical practice experience
    • 2000 of those hours are direct client
    • 100 hours of supervision with at least 50 being individual.
    • a minimum of 24 months of supervised experience.
  •  ASWB clinical level exam.
  • MSW level 

Application Fees:

$460

Non Clinical Licenses

Registered Baccalaureate Social Worker (RBSW)

The practice of baccalaureate social work means the basic, generalist practice of social work that includes assessment, planning, intervention, evaluation, case management, information and referral, counseling, nonclinical supervision, consultation, education, advocacy, community organization, and the development and administration of policies, programs or activities.
 
BSW Level  
 

Application Fees:

$150

RBSW Exam Requirement

If you have not currently taken the ASWB Bachelors level exam, you will be required to do so before licensure. Upon approval of the application, exam authorization will be given to ASWB. The authorization lasts one year, with the opportunity of an extension.

Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW)

Practice of master’s social work is characterized by the application of specialized knowledge and advanced practice skills in the areas of assessment, treatment planning, implementation or evaluation, case management or referral, counseling, nonclinical supervision, consultation, education, research, advocacy, community organization, or the development, implementation or administration or policies, programs or activities.
 
MSW level
 

Application Fees:

$200

LMSW Exam Requirement

If you have not currently taken the ASWB Masters level exam, you will be required to do so before licensure. Upon approval of the application, exam authorization will be given to ASWB. The authorization lasts one year, with the opportunity of an extension.
 

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