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Licensure Review  Course

If you are looking to schedule yourself to take the ASWB examinations, please see our Licensure Steps page.

Preparation for the ASWB Examination


DISCLAIMER ABOUT THE ASWB EXAM & OUR LICENSURE REVIEW COURSE: In light of the recent ASWB disclosures regarding disparities caused by a biased test, the NASW-Illinois Chapter has transitioned our licensure review course to a zero budgeted profit event similar to our annual Advocacy Day by reducing fees nearly in half. These new rates and updated policies will hopefully aid applicants in passing a clearly flawed exam. Preparation courses like the NASW-Illinois Chapter Social Work Licensure Test Review Course cannot replace the fact that the ASWB test is inherently biased and discriminatory. While we will continue to offer this course as the ASWB exam is still required for licensure, it is essential to note that your test results do not reflect your knowledge and future performance as a social worker, nor do we believe that the ASWB exam should be used for such purposes.

The NASW-Illinois Chapter Social Work Licensure Test Review Course (formerly LSW/LCSW Review Course) is the longest running review course in the state. Highly rated by our participants, this fast-paced, 8-hour course covers the format and structure of the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) masters* and clinical examinations as well as the most current content areas as determined by the ASWB for licensure. Expect this course to be an interactive, discussion-led review of testing topics, case studies, and additional reading materials that will help you identify areas you may need to review in your knowledge base before taking the ASWB exam rather than a complete overhaul of everything learned in school. Practice questions will be reviewed to illustrate test-taking strategies and reinforce content material. Access to the NASW-IL–proprietary manual is available to course registrants only.

*As of January 1, 2022, the ASWB examination is no longer required for LSW licensure in Illinois. See our Licensure Steps page for more information.

PLEASE NOTE: There is no refund policy for participants who find the course too fast-paced and need to retake the course at a slower pace. If you prefer a self-study option which allows for stopping and starting the video at your leisure, you can purchase a recording of the course at

Our course is available as a live in-person or virtual training based on registrant interest. See further below for upcoming dates as well as a link to our Review Course Scheduler to help us determine when to schedule future course dates.

  • Live Virtual Training: This two-day, four-hour course includes six-month access to a digital version of the NASW-IL–proprietary manual which includes selected readings and handouts designed to complement the lecture.

  • Live In-Person Training: This one-day, eight-hour course includes a printed NASW-IL–proprietary manual (includes selected readings) and a packet of handouts designed to complement the lecture

Course Fees:

$174.00 - Nonmember
$124.00 - NASW Member

*Early registrants can save $25.00. See registration form for more details.

Registration will close 24 hours before course date. On-site registration will not be accepted. We encourage participants to sign up sooner rather than later to maximize savings on the course.

If your organization or school would be interested in hosting a future review course downstate, please contact the chapter (class size minimums required).

Course Content

The majority of course content (98%) will cover material relating to both the LSW and LCSW exams; the remaining 2% will cover content relating to just the LCSW. However, we feel this is still valuable information to those pursuing their LSWs so they know what to expect when hopefully pursuing an LCSW later on in their career.

Content areas will include: theories of human development; assessment, diagnosis and treatment; psychopathology; psychopharmacology; communication; professional ethics; management and administration; research; and diversity.

Sample questions and some group discussion are used to illustrate the lecture material. An optional 8 CEUs are available for the NASW-Illinois Chapter Social Work Licensure Test Review Course.

Do I Need CEUs?

You cannot earn CEUs toward licensure renewal if the class is taken before earning your license. The reason the Social Work Licensure Test Review Course provides the option of CEUs to attendees is because some individuals taking the course already have an LSW (or like-minded professional license) and are looking to earn education credits toward keeping their license.


If you require disability accommodations to permit your attendance/participation in the event, complete the online registration form with payment and submit a written request at least thirty (30) days prior to the workshop. Requests received after this deadline may not be able to be processed or fulfilled in time for the event.

Cancellation Policy

(Revised April 10, 2020)

While we understand that emergencies do occur, once a participant has been registered and is expected to attend a course, the NASW-Illinois Chapter has already factored that person’s attendance into costs already absorbed by the chapter. Please see the event registration form or your confirmation e-mail for complete cancellation details.

Upcoming Course Dates

Registration will close 24 hours before course date. On-site registration will not be accepted. We encourage participants to sign up sooner rather than later to maximize savings on the course.

Below is a list of all upcoming review course dates. To register for an upcoming review course, scroll down and click on the date you are interested in attending. If there are no dates that fit your current schedule, check back for new dates as they are announced.

Upcoming Events

  • Jul 19, 2024, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Chicago, 111 E Pearson St, Chicago, IL 60611, USA
    This course will help participants develop successful test-taking strategies for answering licensure examination questions and will review material in each of the content areas on the examination. Speaker: Cheri Sinnott Springer LCSW Early Bird: 8 CEUs / $149 Nonmember / $99 NASW Member

Don't see a date that works with your schedule? Add yourself to the Review Course Scheduler to help us determine when best to schedule a new course. If there is enough interest, we can add new dates to the existing schedule.

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