West Virginia Social Worker License Renewal and Upgrade Guide - 2024

Social Worker License

by Social Worker License Staff

Updated: May 20th, 2022

Upgrading Your Social Work License in West Virginia

It is possible to upgrade your license to a higher level in West Virginia. To do so, you must meet the provisions of the license you are aiming for with verification. You can check the Professional Manual for specific criteria you need to meet for a license level upgrade.

Once you have attained all the provisional requirements, you need to apply for the license level upgrade by completing the specific application form.

All forms must be mailed or faxed directly to the board office at:

WV Board of Social Work

P.O. Box 5459

Charleston, WV 25361

Fax: (304) 400-4976

The application process to become a licensed social worker in West Virginia is straightforward. You need to qualify for specific educational and experience requirements and then pass the proper exam from the ASWB.

If you encounter any issues, you can contact the West Virginia Board of Social Work at (304) 400-4980. You can also email Admin@wvsocialworkboard.org, but you need to give the board at least five business days to process the request.

You can also check the directory of board members and staff if you need to communicate with an officer.

For questions or concerns about the exam you have to take to qualify for any of the licenses, you can contact ASWB directly by phone:

  • (800) 225-6880 for general information
  • (888) 579-3926 for candidate services

Social work is not for everyone. It is a career path for those determined to make a difference. Every day is an opportunity to face a new challenge which means work will never get boring. As a social worker, you do not spend your days behind a desk. You are constantly on the move, visiting numerous places as part of your job.

If you feel destined to make a difference in the community or want to make a change, social work is a path you can take. Even with all the difficulties and challenges, this is one of the most fulfilling jobs. This guide will serve as a useful resource as you take the necessary steps to start a career in social work.