Last Reviewed: April 24th, 2023
Becoming a social worker is more than about pursuing a new career. It is truly a calling to those who want to help others while strengthening their communities. If that sounds like you, you can choose from three social work licenses in New Jersey. The license you select will dictate your scope of practice, so it is important to review your options so you can select the proper one.
If you want to engage in a general scope of practice, you can become a certified social worker or licensed social worker. In both cases, you can take on vital social work duties, such as community organization and advocacy. Additionally, licensed social workers can provide clinical services while under the supervision of a licensed clinical social worker.
If you want to work in a clinical setting without a supervisor, you can become a licensed clinical social worker. While this has the most requirements, it will allow you to engage in all social work practice areas, including therapy. This license also unlocks higher-paying opportunities because of the broader scope of practice.
The State Board of Social Work Examiners is in charge of issuing social work licenses in the state. You can contact the board directly by calling 973-504-6495 or sending an email to SocialWork@dca.njoag.gov. The staff can answer your questions and provide guidance as you take steps to obtain your license in social work.
Additionally, you can use this guide as a resource. It contains the step-by-step process for applying for all three types of licenses in the state. You’ll learn about the requirements, such as education and experience, as well as the fees. With access to so much information in one guide, you likely won’t have to contact the State Board of Social Work Examiners. Instead, you will be ready to work toward each requirement until you have your license in hand.
If you’re unsure of which license you want to obtain, read about each option to help you make an informed decision. Otherwise, you can skip directly to your section and learn all about the requirements for the license you have decided to pursue.