Licensure

If you are planning to get licensed in a state other than New York you can get information online from the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB). This information is also available online at www.socialworklicensure.org. Additionally the Syracuse University Library also provides License Exam Study Guides. Also refer to the New York State Clinical Course Chart for required course work.

NYS LMSWNYS LCSWLicensure FAQNYS NASW Licensure Presentation

New York State LMSW Licensing Information

Step 1. Download the necessary NYS forms.

Step 2. Submit an Application (Form1) and fee ($294) to the New York State Education Department.

Step 3. Complete the Certification of Professional Education Form (Form 2) and mail it to Lisa Dievendorf, 300 MacNaughton Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244. It takes the University 4-6 weeks post-graduation to certify your degree. The registrar will notify NYS directly. The New York State Education Department will notify ASWB when you have satisfied the examination eligibility requirements.

Step 4. Register directly with ASWB. You may register by phone, fax, mail or email. Exam fee is $230. You will receive an authorization letter which will contain your Authorization Number, the exam category for which you are registered, the jurisdiction your score will be sent to, and information on how to make an appointment to take the examination.

Step 5. Take the test. The test contains 170 items (150 scored; 20 questions that are being pre-tested as possible future exam questions.) It is a computer based examination for which you will have a 4-hour test window. Notification of pass/fail & equated score is provided to you at the end of the exam. There is a 90-day waiting period to retake the exam.

New York State LCSW Licensing Information

If you are seeking the New York State LCSW, please follow these steps:

Step 1. Download the necessary NYS Forms.

Step 2. Obtain a copy of your transcript from Syracuse University by visiting http://registrar.syr.edu. The School of Social Work cannot provide you with a transcript.

Step 3. Use the clinical course chart to determine which courses on your MSW transcript fulfill the clinical coursework requirements. Over the years, the number of credits for some courses has changed, so be careful to note the credits your course carried.

Step 4. Mail the following to Lisa Dievendorf, 300 MacNaughton Hall, Syracuse, NY 13244:

  1. a completed Licensed Clinical Social Work Form Certification of Professional Education (Form 2);
  2. your transcript;
  3. your contact information on a separate sheet of paper.

Step 5. Complete all the other required application forms and send to New York State Education Department, Office of the Professions. The New York State Education Department will notify ASWB when you have satisfied the examination eligibility requirements.

Step 6. Register directly with ASWB to take the exam. You may register by phone, fax, mail or email. Exam fee is $230. You will receive an authorization letter which will contain your Authorization Number, the exam category for which you are registered, the jurisdiction your score will be sent to, and information on how to make an appointment to take the examination.

Licensure Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the Social Work Licensing regulatory body in New York State?
Who qualifies as a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)?
When can I take the LMSW exam?
How do I qualify for the LMSW exam?
How do I register for the LMSW exam?
When and where should I take the exam?
When am I notified of my score?
What resources are available to help me prepare to take the exam?
What is the certification process if I do not plan to live in New York State?
Who qualifies as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)?
How do I meet the experience requirement for the LCSW?
What are the requirements for supervisors?
What types of supervisions are acceptable?
How many hours of supervision sessions are required?
What settings are legally authorized to provide psychotherapy and clinical social work services?
How can I make sure my setting is an approved setting?
What is the School Social Worker credential?

NYS NASW Licensure Presentation


School of Social Work ASWB Licensure Exam Pass Rates

The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) owns and maintains the social work licensing examinations that are used to test a social worker’s competence to practice ethically and safely. Below are the results of licensure pass rates for first-time test-takers of both the ASWB Master’s and Clinical examinations.

Master’s examination

(required for licensure as an LMSW in New York)*
School 2015 2014 2013 2012
Syracuse University 87% 87% 88% 88%
All NY Schools 79% 81% 80% 82%
National Rate 81% 82% 82% 84%

Clinical examination

(required for licensure as an LCSW in New York)**
School 2015 2014 2013 2012
Syracuse University 87% 89% 88% 82%
All NY Schools 78% 81% 80% 77%
National Rate 76% 78% 78% 77%

*Entry to Master’s exam in NY requires application for licensure and an MSW degree (macro or clinical).
**Entry to Clinical exam in NY requires application for licensure, clinical MSW or sufficient clinical coursework as part of the MSW, and completion of 36 months of supervised experience, acceptable to SED.