Offering licensing exam prep for your social work license in New York.

New York State was among the first states to regulate the social work profession, enacting its certification law in 1962. In September 2004, that law was replaced by a new statute that created two licensed social work titles in New York State, the licensed master social worker (LMSW) and the licensed clinical social worker (LCSW).

Upon completion of the MSW, Adelphi graduates are eligible to apply for licensure as a licensed master social worker (LMSW).

LMSW stands for licensed master social worker. In New York State, the practice of social work and the use of the title LMSW requires professional licensure. It is a computer-based test containing 170 multiple-choice questions designed to measure minimum competencies at four categories of social work practice.

LMSWs are permitted by law to the broadest scope of professional social work activities, including advocacy, case management, counseling, consultation, research, teaching, administration and management, and the administration of tests and measures of psychosocial functioning.

To legally practice social work in New York State, social workers must be licensed, have a limited permit or be practicing in an exempt setting. Becoming licensed as an LMSW is essential for any master’s level social worker seeking employment (or wanting to remain employed) as a social worker in New York State.

You must:

  • Have an MSW from a New York State Education Department-approved social work program
  • Be of good moral character
  • Be at least 21 years old
  • Complete a two-hour training in child abuse identification and reporting
  • Submit the application and fee to the New York State Education Department
  • Pass the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Masters Examination

As with other professions (e.g., law, medicine, education, nursing, psychology), licensure preparation is essential to successful completion of licensing exams. The School of Social Work provides a two-day Licensure Preparation Workshop for all MSW graduates. The licensure preparation series is funded through a student fee and is provided to graduating students at no additional cost.

Adelphi University is committed to supporting and guiding its students through the licensure process. Licensure Preparation Workshops are provided to all graduates, practice LMSW exam questions are made available in courses throughout the curriculum, and individual and group support is provided to strengthen students’ capacity for success on the LMSW exam.

Additionally, staff at all four campus locations provide a comprehensive network of student resources and support, including academic, tutoring and counseling services.

Credentialing Guidelines

Get information about New York State OASAS Credentialing Guidelines.

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