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Licensed Master Social Worker


The Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) may provide a variety of services to help individuals, families, groups and communities including community organization, administration of tests and measures of psychosocial functioning, advocacy, case management, counseling, consultation, research, administration, management and teaching.

Licensure Requirements

An applicant must have an MSW degree, be of good moral character and pass the national licensing examination.

Recertification Requirements

Triennial registration requires completion of application and fee set in law. Effective January 1, 2014, a licensee must complete 36 hours of acceptable continuing education from a provider approved by the Education Department during each three-year registration period.

Age Requirements

At least 21 years of age.

Education and/or Experience Requirements

Must have an MSW degree of at least 60 semester hours with required course content including supervised internship of at least 900 hours, acceptable to the Department.

Fees: (as of January 31, 2011)

The fee for licensure and first registration is $294.
The fee for a limited permit is $70.
The continuing education fee of $45 is paid by the licensee with the triennial registration fee (effective 1/1/2015).

Examination Requirements

Master's examination from the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB).

Examination Description

Examination is computer-based at test sites across the U.S. and determines minimal competence for entry to the practice of the social work profession (

Licenses Issued and Registered

In 2012, there were 2,835 licenses issued for this occupation.
In 2013, there were 2,705 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of April 1, 2014, there were 27,949 registered licenses for this occupation.

Licensing Authority

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
Division of Professional Licensing Services
Social Work Unit
89 Washington Avenue, 2nd Floor
Albany, New York 12234
Phone: (518) 474-3817 Ext. 592
Fax: (518) 402-2323

Occupational Reference Code

21-1021 to 21-1029 - Various Social Workers to All Other Social Workers
To learn more about this occupation search the Occupational Information Network (O*Net).

Additional Information

Association of Social Worker Boards
400 Southridge Parkway, Suite B
Culpeper, VA 22701
Phone: (800) 225-6880
Fax: (540) 829-0562


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 7/29/14.

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