Utah Certified Social Worker (CSW) Guide - 2022

AKA: Utah CSW License

Last Reviewed: May 15th, 2022

Licensor: Utah SWLB

Utah Certified Social Worker (CSW) Licensure Process

With a CSW license social workers in Utah can provide master’s-level non-clinical services and engage in supervised clinical social work.

Education Requirements

Candidates for licensure must earn a Master of Social Work (MSW) or doctoral degree in social work from a school accredited by the CSWE. Here you can find all schools offering social work degree programs in Utah.

Background Check

Applicants for licensure are required to pass a criminal background check. The fingerprint-based check is completed by the FBI and compared against their criminal databases. View the Board’s list of Criminal History Guidelines for Social Work to understand what is required.

Before you begin the licensure process or sign up for classes related to social work, you can find out if a criminal conviction on your record will prevent you from obtaining a license. Submit an Application for Criminal History Determination, and after 30 days, the Board will send your their determination letter to inform you if you can continue or start the application process.

Examination Requirements

For this license, you can take either the ASWB Master’s or Clinical exam. For those who plan to seek an LCSW license, it’s beneficial to select the Clinical exam. Apply to take the exam on the ASWB website and pay the $230 fee for the Master’s exam or $260 for the Clinical exam. Each of the tests consists of 170 multiple-choice questions. You may submit a request to take the exam while completing the last semester of your MSW program.

Applying for Licensure as a Certified Social Worker

Submit an application to the Board once you’ve passed one of the required ASWB exams. You can complete the form online or by mail. Send the form to:

Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing

Heber M. Wells Building 1st Floor Lobby

160 East 300 South

Salt Lake City, UT 84114-6741

Include the application fee of $120 and your official transcript if you took the exam before completing the MSW program. When you pass the ASWB exam, your scores will be sent to the Board, who will approve your licensure application.