Human Services Guide
Maryland

Social Work Licensure in Maryland

As one of the original 13 colonies that revolted against England, Maryland has one of the oldest histories of any state in the US. With mid-Atlantic coastline and deep sense of history, Maryland is an intriguing state to start your licensed Social Work career in. It is important to remember that there can always be updates or changes to a state’s rules and regulations. Remember, that the best way to stay informed with current regulations is the state’s website on licensure. Here is the website for the State of Maryland:

There are four different kinds of social work licenses in Maryland:  Licensed Social Worker Associate (LSWA), Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW), Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) and Clinical (LCSW-C).

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Licensed Social Worker Associate (LSWA)

  • If you wish to attain the title Licensed Social Worker Associate (LSWA) in Maryland, you must first get a Bachelor of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education accredited university or college.
  • You must apply for your license and pass a criminal background check. You must also provide three professional references. You must then apply for the title providing proof of education to the Maryland State Board of Social Work Examiners.
  • Finally, you must pass the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Bachelor’s Level Exam.
  • To renew your license, you must have successfully completed 30 contact hours of continuing education.

Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW)

  • To become a Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LMSW) in Maryland, you must first get your Master of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education accredited university or college.
  • You must also provide three professional recommendations. Then you will need to receive a passing score on an Association of Social Workers ASWB Master Level Exam.
  • To renew your license, you must have successfully completed 40 contact hours of continuing education.

Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW)

  • If you wish to hold the title of Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) in Maryland, you must first get a Master or Doctorate of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education accredited university or college.
  • You must also provide proof of two years of consisting of at least 104 weeks of not less than 3,000 hours of supervised social work in a professional setting. Of these 3,000 hours at least 144 hour must include periodic face-to-face supervision.
  • Once you have completed and sent in your application you may apply with the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) for their Clinical Level exam. Once you pass the test you will be eligible to receive your new title of Licensed Certified Social Worker in the state of Maryland.
  • To renew your license, you must have successfully completed 40 contact hours of continuing education.

Licensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical (LCSW-C)

  • If you wish to hold the title of Licensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical (LCSW-C) in Maryland, you must first get a Master or Doctorate of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education accredited university or college.
  • You must also provide proof of two years of consisting of at least 104 weeks of not less than 3,000 hours of supervised social work in a professional setting. Of these 3,000 hours at least 144 hour must include periodic face-to-face supervision and it must be obtained within the bounds of a contractual agreement form for supervision. Of the 3,000 hours, 1,500 must be face-to-face contact with clients while performing clinical social work duties.
  • Once you have completed and sent in your application you may apply with the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) for their Clinical Level exam. Once you pass the test you will be eligible to receive your new title of Licensed Certified Social Worker - Clinical in the state of Maryland.
  • To renew your license, you must have successfully completed 40 contact hours of continuing education.