Maine Licensed Social Worker (LSW) Guide - 2022

AKA: Maine LSW License

Last Reviewed: May 9th, 2022

Licensor: Maine SBSWL

Maine Licensed Social Worker (LSW) Licensure Process

The Licensed Social Worker (LSW) accreditation from the Board authorizes a social worker to practice non-clinical social work at an entry-level. During their first 3,200 hours of post-licensure work experience, LSWs must work under supervision. The following requirements must be met to apply for LSW in Maine.

Educational Requirements

To be eligible for an LSW license in Maine, you must hold a Bachelor of Social Work degree from the Council of Social Work Education accredited program. As an alternative, you may have proven equivalency by completing supervised experience under a Licensed Social Worker Conditional license.

Here you can find all schools offering social work degree programs in Maine.

Examination Requirements

All LSW applicants are required to take and pass the Association of Social Works Boards(ASWB) qualifying exam. Before sitting for the ASWB exam, ensure you apply to the board first. Then take the following steps toward taking the exam:

  • Visit the ASWB site and click on “Register For the Exam” on the first page.
  • Complete the form and pay $230 for the exam. Payments can only be done via Visa, Mastercard, and Discover.

Following a successful application, an Authorization To Test(ATT)—containing all you’ll need for the examination—will be sent to your mail. You should find more information about scheduling the exam there. The board will receive your scores within two weeks after your exam.

Applying for Licensure as a Licensed Social Worker

  • Complete and submit the application form to the board.
  • Pay the application fee of $70 as well as an extra $21 for a criminal history check. All checks are payable to “Maine State Treasurer”. Visa or Mastercard is also accepted.
  • An official transcript from the CSWE accredited program you attended must be sent directly to the board.
  • Apply for the ASWB qualifying exam at a fee of $230
  • Your license will be mailed to you when the board receives a notification from ASWB that you passed the qualifying exam.