Hawaii Licensed Bachelor Social Worker (LBSW) Guide - 2023
AKA: Hawaii LBSW License
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The Licensed Bachelor Social Worker license opens the door to your social work career. It is the first and basic license for social workers in Hawaii. You have the freedom to delve into any of the vast social work services. Your most common roles include mediation, case management, identifying resources, responding to emergencies, and client advocacy.
This is the entry-level position for Social Work in Hawaii. You can get started on the path of getting licensed by gearing up to meet the following requirements:
A bachelor’s degree is a core educational requirement for this license. Therefore, you must earn a bachelor’s degree in a social work program from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)-accredited college or university or undergo a pre-approved corresponding program.
Find all schools offering social work degree programs in Hawaii, here.
Make sure to have the registrar of your school forward your official transcript showing your qualification, major, and the date your degree was awarded to the agency.
The Hawaii Social Work Licensing Board requires a prospective Licensed Bachelor Social Worker to pass an Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) qualifying examination. The examination comes in electronic testing conducted by Pearson Vue, a testing organization. The testing process runs throughout the year.
To apply for the ASWB basic exam, you must submit your application with the non-refundable fee of $60 in check payment to Commerce and Consumer Affairs.
You will receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) in your mail if your application is successful. Your ATT contains every detail you need to finish up your examination registration and schedule your examination on the ASWB website. You will also access every resource you require to prepare for your examination.
To register for the examination, follow any of the following steps:
Once you receive notification that you passed the examination, apply to ASWB to send a notice to the board.
If you passed your examination and want to transfer to Hawaii, you should fill out a Score Transfer Request Form.
You can reach out to ASWB via the following platforms:
Mail: By filling the Score Transfer Request Form in the Candidate Handbook and return the completed form and expected payments to:ASWB, Candidate Registration Center
OR by faxing 1-540-829-0142.
Online: You can also fill out the Score Transfer Form on the ASWB website.
Telephone: 1-888-579-3926 to request an “Official Score Transfer” report.
Score transfer applications cost $40.
There are no experience requirements for the BSW license.
The board doesn’t require any reference to issue this license.