Social Work Licensure in the State of Florida

According to the NASW Florida Chapter:

There is currently one form of licensure for social workers in the State of Florida—the LCSW, or Licensed Clinical Social Worker. The requirements include a Master's degree in social work with specified coursework, two years of supervision after graduation, an 8-hour Florida Laws and Rules course, and successful completion of the Clinical national exam from the Association of Social Work Boards. Recent graduates of social work programs who plan to pursue licensure in Florida should become Registered Interns with the State of Florida while obtaining supervision.

Florida does not offer reciprocity for those licensed in other states, however, social workers interested in obtaining Florida licensure may apply for Licensure by Endorsement or Examination. These applications are reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine if the requirements for Florida license have been met. A social worker in the state temporarily or in the process of obtaining Licensure by Endorsement may practice in the state of Florida by applying for a provisional license. Applications for Registered Interns, Licensure by Endorsement, and Provisional Licensure may be obtained by contacting the Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling by calling (850) 245-4474 or visiting their website, listed in the links above.

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Out-of-State Licensure Information

The Association of Social Work Boards is the organization that produces the required licensure examinations for all states with the exception of California. California contracts with a different vendor.

To review California's specific licensing requirements.

Please visit the Association of Social Work Boards website and database for information regarding the following:

  • Each state's licensure requirements and application materials.
  • Exam requirements.
  • Licensing laws, regulations, and protocols.