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Social Work Licensure Information

In New York State in order to become a “Licensed Master Social Worker” you must meet the age, education, training, and examination requirements. With graduation fast approaching many social welfare students may be preparing themselves for the examination portion of the licensure process. The licensing exam is administered by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB). Luckily there are a lot of resources to help you prepare!

NYSED.gov has a LMSW License Requirements page that explains the general requirements, fees, and other practical information. In order to take the examination, Forms 1 and 2 must be completed, a fee of $294 must be paid to the New York State Education Department, education and application materials must be approved.

To actually take the exam you must register directly with the ASWB. The ASWB provides information on the content of the exam and it is possible to purchase exam study guides, online practice exams, and group review practice exams . The New York State Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers also has information on the licensing exam. Their YouTube channel has four videos on social work licensure and practice in New York.

The University at Albany’s School of Social Welfare (SSW) regularly invites the NYSED Secretary for the State Board to SSW to present directly to students on licensing requirements. Information on these presentations can be found on the MSW listserv and in the SSW Student Lounge (Richardson 003). There are also several resources available at the Dewey Library to help you prepare for the exam.

Check out the following items!
Masters social work licensing examination: Study guide. Association of Social Work Boards. Culpeper, VA: ASWB, c2010.
Dewey Library Reserves HV 40.52 M37X 2010. Please note that this is a 72 hour loan.

This is your passbook for social worker: Test preparation study guide: Questions & answers. Syosset, N.Y.: National Learning Corp., c2009.
Dewey Library Reserves HV 11.5 T55X 2009. Please note that this is a 72 hour loan.

Study guide: A guide for candidates preparing for the ASWB social work examination. Association of Social Work Boards. Culpeper, VA: ASWB, c2007.
Dewey Library Reserves HV 11.5 S78X 2007. There are three copies of this material. One is a three hour loan and the other two loan for 48 hours.

If you need more help locating resources on the licensing exam please contact our social welfare bibliographer Elaine Lasda Bergman by phone at 442-3695 or email: elasdabergman@albany.edu.

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