What You Need to Know About the Social Work Licensing Exam
The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) develops exams for social work licensure based on local licensing requirements. The ASWB administers exams on behalf of social work regulatory boards and colleges located in all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands and all 10 Canadian provinces.
There are five different ASWB exam categories, each with its own requirements and purpose, but the process of taking the exam is the same for all levels.
Since almost all states require licensure for practicing social workers—even if you are working as a nonclinical social worker—taking the ASWB exam is an important step to becoming a social worker. Keep in mind that certain states may have additional requirements for licensure so be sure to check with your local regulatory board before registering for an ASWB exam.