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Licensure Steps

There are two levels of licensure in Illinois: licensed social worker (LSW) and licensed clinical social worker (LCSW).

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LSW
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LCSW

Those seeking LSW or LCSW licensure must file an application for licensure with IDFPR on forms provided by IDFPR in addition to the following:

Must have a certification of graduation from a master's degree program of social work approved by IDFPR, OR 

 

Must have a certification of graduation from a baccalaureate degree program of social work approved by IDFPR AND and verification of completion of 3 years of supervised professional experience

1.

Must have proof of successful completion of the Masters ASWB examination for the practice of social work as a licensed social worker. 

Testing Service Administration Fee, Masters Examination: $230.00

2.

Must pay required licensing fees

  • IDFPR Application Fee: $50.00

  • Licensure Renewal (every 2 years): $60.00 

  • License Reinstatement (less than 5 years): $50.00 plus payment of all lapsed renewal fees

  • License Reinstatement (more than 5 years): $200.00 plus payment of all lapsed renewal fees

3.

Must be of good moral character

4.

Must have certification of graduation from a master's degree program in social work approved by IDFPR AND verification of completion of 3000 hours of satisfactory supervised clinical professional experience, OR

 

Must have certification of graduation from a doctorate degree program in social work approved by IDFPR AND verification of completion of 2000 hours of satisfactory supervised clinical professional experience

1.

Must have proof of successful completion of the Clincal ASWB examination for the practice of social work as a licensed clinical social worker

Testing Service Administration Fee, Clinical Examination: $260.00

2.

Must pay required licensing fees

  • IDFPR Application Fee: $50.00

  • Licensure Renewal (every 2 years): $60.00 

  • License Reinstatement (less than 5 years): $50.00 plus payment of all lapsed renewal fees

  • License Reinstatement (more than 5 years): $200.00 plus payment of all lapsed renewal fees

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