New Jersey Certified Social Worker (CSW) Guide - 2024

AKA: New Jersey CSW License

Social Worker License

by Social Worker License Staff

Updated: February 16th, 2024

New Jersey Certified Social Worker (CSW) Licensure Process

Do you want to provide social work services but aren’t interested in working in a clinical setting? If so, you can pursue a career as a certified social worker. As a CSW, you’ll be able to provide general social work services, such as client-centered advocacy and community organization. First, though, you’ll need to go through the requirements so you can apply for your license.

Education Requirements

You’ll need to earn a bachelor’s degree in social work before applying for a license. It’s important to choose a program that the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has accredited. Thus, you’ll receive credit for all your hard work. You’ll also get credit if the program is in the pre-candidacy stage of the accreditation process.

While most states only have a few options, you can choose from over 10 accredited bachelor’s degree programs in New Jersey. The programs are offered in person, and you can enroll as a full-time or part-time student.

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

Experience Requirements

You do not need any work experience before starting as a CSW. Thus, you can apply for licensure if you meet the other requirements, even if you have yet to hold down a job or internship. Because there isn’t an experience requirement, it’s vital that you soak up all the information in school. Then you’ll be ready to jump right in and take on tasks as a social worker. At the same time, you’ll gain valuable on-the-job training that will help you build your confidence after receiving your license.

Examination Requirements

While you’ll have to pass the exam if you pursue a different social work license, that isn’t the case to become a CSW. Instead, you can graduate from college and apply for your license without registering for and taking a social work exam.

Background Check Requirements

When applying for licensure, you will need to fill out and submit the Certification and Authorization Form for a Criminal History Background Check document. After reviewing your application, the board will send instructions on how to undergo a background check. Then you’ll need to complete the background check before receiving the license.

Applying for Licensure as a Certified Social Worker

There’s a two-part process to applying for licensure as a certified social worker. First, have the school email your official transcripts to Then create an account with the MyLicense portal.

You will complete your application and upload the supporting documents through the portal. Additionally, you will need to pay the $75 application filing fee.

Upon receiving your application, the board will begin processing it. Processing can take up to eight weeks, although many people receive their licenses before that.