Idaho Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) Guide - 2023
AKA: Idaho LMSW License
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The LMSW is the second level of licensure a social worker can attain in Idaho, and it opens doors to higher salaries and positions within the field. If you plan to move on and get the LCSW license, you must have an LMSW.
LMSWs must graduate from a Master of Social Work (MSW) program or school accredited by the CSWE.
The experience necessary to obtain the LMSW license in Idaho requires you to meet the education prerequisites. Once you have achieved the LMSW licensure, you can apply to practice non-clinical procedures as an independent worker. To do so, you must devise a plan of supervision with an LCSW or independent LMSW and accumulate 3,000 hours of supervised experience.
You have up to one semester before your projected graduation date to submit an Application for Licensed Masters Social Work form. Include a copy of your current driver’s license or birth certificate with your submission, and do not forget to send in a professional reference. Your MSW can be sent to the Board upon your request if you have already graduated. If you are still in school, there is an appendix section on the application where the school must verify your projected graduation date. The application fee will cost you $70.
When the Board approves your application, you are permitted to take the ASWB Master’s Exam. The 170-multiple choice question test fee is $230, and your scores are sent to the Board within two weeks after completing the exam.
Before being placed in the field, the applicant must complete a current criminal background and fingerprint check. A current criminal background check is when the fingerprint report must have been done within the 12 months before the applicant begins their field practice. The background check results cannot indicate the student is a risk to or may harm potential clients. While a criminal history does not instantly disqualify an applicant, they may be limited to where they can gain practice experience.
The applicant is responsible for scheduling and obtaining the background check before working out in the field. Most background checks are performed through CastleBranch, where applicants will be sent instructions for setting up an account. Anyone with a criminal conviction can submit a Disclosure Statement for Inquiry on Impact of Criminal Conviction form. The Board will formulate an opinion on whether the conviction disqualifies the applicant from obtaining a license. There is also a Disclosure Statement Regarding Criminal Conviction form to make the Board aware of all criminal convictions. Failing to accurately report a conviction may result in denial of licensure.