Licensure Overview

Licensure Steps

Quick overview on the licensing process and how to get your LSW/LCSW in Illinois

CEU Requirements

Find out what CEUs are required for licensure and what qualifies CEUs.


Supervision requirements and the NASW-IL Supervision Registry for supervisors available for hire


Quick overview on the licensing process and how to get your LSW/LCSW in Illinois

Licensure Review Course

Where to take your test, as well as info on our Licensure Test Review Course.

The next deadline for 2021–2023 licensure renewal is November 30, 2023.

Illinois statute requires that any person engaged as a social worker (except in some cases if employed by the United States government or in some cases by the state of Illinois—and only if verified by IDFPR) must be licensed. No person may represent her/himself as a licensed social worker or licensed clinical social worker without obtaining the proper license.

As a service to Illinois social workers, the NASW-Illinois Chapter has provided as much information as possible relating licensing, the licensure process, and supervision on our website. If you have further questions about licensing, you will need to contact the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation (IDFPR) who issues licenses. The NASW-Illinois Chapter does not handle licensure in the state of Illinois, and we must therefore direct all questions (regardless of membership status) regarding licensure to the IDFPR.

  • Licensing Questions: All specific questions concerning licensure, an individual license, or a particular application for licensure MUST be directed to IDFPR

  • PEL: If you have questions regarding the Professional Educator License (PEL) please contact the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) at 217.782.4321. 

  • Licensing Exam: To register for the licensing exam, you must contact the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) who issues the exam. 

Unfortunately, we do not have any other additional resources (other than what is on this website) or special access to assist you in this process. We do sympathize with you regarding the wait time and difficulty of navigating the system. We can only encourage you to stay on hold and keep at it; eventually you will get through and will receive the answer from IDFPR and/or ISBE you need. 

As a benefit to current NASW members, the NASW-Illinois Chapter provides access to staff members who are knowledgeable about common licensing questions. If you are a current NASW member, submit your query through the NASW Illinois MyNASW Community board: