Licensing Requirements & Preparation

If you are interested in being employed as a professional social worker in New York State, you must obtain a New York State license: Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW).

To become a licensed master social worker (LMSW), you must be at least 21 years old, be of good moral character, meet education (completing the MSW degree) and examination requirements, and complete the child abuse reporting training provided by the School or another approved provider. More information on the requirements is available from the state at

After graduation, you should submit the necessary application and fees to the New York State Education Department. The Licensed Master Social Worker Application Packet and the New York State Licensure Application forms can also be found online at

I. Fact Sheet on Social Work Licensure

To download the PDF file, click here.

III. Introduction to LMSW Test Prep

To view click here.

II. Fact Sheet on Mandatory Continuing Education in NYS

To view click here.

Some Helpful Links:

New York State Office of the Professions
NASW: New York Chapter
LCSW License Requirements
LMSW License Requirements
Association News – A New Year, a New Test, and New Test Vendor
Primer on Licensure

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