Connecticut Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) Guide - 2022

AKA: Connecticut LMSW License

Last Reviewed: May 20th, 2022

Connecticut Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) Licensure Process

A master social worker license in Connecticut allows the social worker to practice clinical social work with the supervision of an LCSW or another qualified practitioner like a physician, psychologist, or therapist.

Education Requirements

To qualify for the examination, you need to hold a master’s degree from a social work program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. If the diploma was awarded outside of the United States, the program completed should be deemed as an equivalent by the council. Here you can find all schools offering social work degree programs in Connecticut.

Experience Requirements

You’re in luck! You are not required to have specific work experience to qualify for the LMSW.

Examination Requirements

Next is to register and pass the master’s level examination from the Association of Social Work Boards. Once you are determined eligible to take the exam, you will get an email notification to take the test.

Download the Candidate Handbook to prepare for the exam. The handbook was prepared by the ASWB to guide applicants through the process and can be a huge help. It gives you an overview of the process and what to expect. Read and understand the handbook to avoid delays and potential mistakes in your examination and admission.

If you use English as a Second Language, or ESL, requiring special accommodations for the examination, you need to complete this form. Once done, have it notarized and submit it to:

Connecticut Department of Public Health

MSW Licensing

410 Capitol Ave. MS#12APP

PO Box 340308

Hartford, CT 06134

Documentation Requirements

All applicants have to submit documentation to prove their eligibility. The required documents include:

  • The official transcript of records, which is submitted directly from the accredited program institution to verify your master’s degree in social work
  • A report from the ASWB stating you have completed the Master’s Level Examination
  • If applicable, provide the verification on all the licenses held, both current and expired. A fee may be charged for this service from most states, so be sure to contact ahead of time to determine the cost.
  • Go to this link to submit your official application. Your photograph needs to be attached. The fee is $220.

Renewal of LMSW

The Licensed Master Social Work is renewed every year. You need to complete 15 continuing education contact hours and pay the renewal fee of $195. If you forget to renew, you will have to apply for a reinstatement of a lapsed license.