Disclaimer: Due to the rapidly changing nature of social work regulations, for the most up-to-date information on becoming a social worker in Kentucky, contact the Kentucky Social Work Licensing Board.
Kentucky law recognizes three classes of social workers: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Certified Social Worker (CSW), and Licensed Social Worker (LSW). The requirements are as follows:
Kentucky LCSW Exam: Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Clinical Level Examination
Field Requirement: A minimum of 200 hours over two years of full-time post-master’s experience or 200 hours over three years of part-time post-master's experience, including two hours of supervision for every two weeks of clinical practice; at least 100 hours must involve face-to-face supervision.
Additional Information: Prior to taking the examination, an LCSW candidate is able to practice social work under a temporary license though those hours will not accrue as the required supervised hours that will eventually be required. The Board must give permission to a certified social worker before the worker engages in clinical social work activities that are supervised yet do not meet experience requirements for the higher license.
Endorsement: Available upon board approval
License Renewal: Renewal is required every three years. Requirements for renewal are the successful completion of 30 contact hours of continuing education and payment of a $200 renewal fee.
Education Requirement: Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) from a CSWE-accredited social work or social welfare program or a baccalaureate degree with courses equivalent to a social work or social welfare program as determined by the board
Exam Requirement: Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Bachelor's Level Examination
License Renewal: Renewal is required every three years. Requirements for renewal are the successful completion of 15 contact hours of continuing education during the three-year period and payment of a $75 renewal fee.
In order to become a licensed social work practitioner in Kentucky, you will need to complete prerequisite coursework, examination requirements, and, in some cases, supervised work requirements. Also, certain levels of social work in Kentucky can only be reached after earning a Master of Social Work. We are committed to keeping updated information on Kentucky social work licensure policies available to you.
Disclaimer: There may be additional methods of certification that have not been covered here. Please contact your state social work licensing department for more information.
Disclaimer: Social Worker Salary information is taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Information about social worker salaries in Kentucky is subject to change. Please confirm salary information with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 08/27/2018.
Description:The KSLRP provides loan repayment for qualified education loans incurred by primary care health professionals. In return, the professionals make a two-year commitment to practice full-time for an eligible sponsoring organization in a federally designated Health Professional Shortage Area. The awardees may receive up to $35,000 per year of service for a total of $70,000 for a two-year obligation.