West Virginia Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) Guide - 2024

AKA: West Virginia LCSW License

Social Worker License

by Social Worker License Staff

Updated: April 24th, 2023

West Virginia Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) Licensure Process

The LCSW is the third level of licensure for social workers in West Virginia. The scope of practice includes:

  1. Performance of all duties by an LGSW and LSW.
  2. Application of the social work methods and theory in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of psychological impairment or dysfunction. That includes emotional and mental disorders and other developmental disabilities.
  3. Use accepted diagnostic taxonomies to determine behavioral health diagnosis.

Educational Requirements

A master’s degree in social work coming from an accredited social work program by the Council on Social Work Education or CSWE is required for this license. Here you can find all schools offering social work degree programs in West Virginia.

Experience Requirements

Qualification for the LCSW level requires applicants to complete two years of post-master social work practice.

Examination Requirements

You need to take and pass the advanced generalist level state social work examination to qualify for LCSW. Visit the ASWB website to find more information on the test and register.

Documentation Requirements

The application process for LCSW in West Virginia requires you to:

  • Complete the application form, which you can find instructions for here.
  • Provide proof of your master’s degree in social work accredited by the CSWE.
  • Pass the ASWB advanced generalist level state social work exam.
  • Pay for all appropriate fees for the LCSW.
  • Verify your work practice experience.