West Virginia Licensed Social Worker (LSW) Guide - 2023
AKA: West Virginia LSW License
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The LSW is considered the entry-level license for social workers in West Virginia. They may perform duties within the scope of the practice of a provisional social worker, including:
An LSW can supervise a provisionally licensed social worker if they have both:
If the applicant has been licensed in any other state as a social worker, they need to verify it in good standing from the applicable State Social Work Board.
The applicant for LSW is required to have a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from an accredited social work program. There are 10 in West Virginia, including Concord University, Marshall University, and West Virginia State University. Here you can find all schools offering social work degree programs in West Virginia.
Lucky you! Application for an LSW does not require work experience. You can apply as long as you have the proper educational background and pass the examination.
To qualify as an LSW in West Virginia, you need to pass the basic level state social work examination by the Association of Social Work Boards. The organization is responsible for creating and overseeing all the examinations taken by social workers in the country.
Before taking the exam, it is recommended you download the Candidate Handbook. It contains information on what to expect in the exam.
After you send your application to the West Virginia Board of Social Work, you can proceed to register with ASWB. Wait for an authorization email to schedule your testing appointment. Review all the documents provided and then take the exam. The basic test has a fee of $230.
You need to submit several documents to prove your qualifications. You have to: