Indiana Licensed Social Worker (LSW) Guide - 2022

AKA: Indiana LSW License

Last Reviewed: April 19th, 2022

Licensor: Indiana BHHS

Indiana LSW Licensure Process

The LSW is the second level of licensure for Indiana’s social workers. This license allows you to use specialized knowledge to affect emotional responses and behavioral changes for individuals, couples, groups, etc. You can also offer services that provide expert insight into unconscious motivations, resource availability, and knowledge of social systems.

Education Requirements

You need to obtain an MSW from a CSWE-accredited school or program. Find all schools offering accredited social work degree programs in Indiana.

Experience Requirements

You’re going to need two years of documented supervised work by an LSW or LCSW. However, if you have an MSW, you will not have to provide proof of experience.

Application Process

An Application for Licensure must be submitted to the Board along with the required $50 fee and a copy of your transcript. Paying an additional $25 will grant you a one-year temporary LSW permit that will allow you to practice as you prepare for the licensure exam.

Background Check

Once you receive notification that the Board is reviewing your application, you can fill out the Criminal Background Check form. You are responsible for paying to have your fingerprints taken and sent to the Board. The amounts will vary depending on the location you visit to have the process completed, so do some research before settling on a facility.

Examination Requirements

Next, you need to take the ASWB Master’s Exam, which is a $230 fee. Once the Board processes your application for licensure, you are able to register for the exam. If you fail the ASWB Master’s Exam and are working with a temporary LSW permit, you will no longer be licensed and will have to stop working right away. The permits are only valid for one year and are non-renewable. You can resume practicing once you pass the test.