Disclaimer: Due to the rapidly changing nature of social work regulations, for the most up-to-date information on becoming a social worker in Pennsylvania, contact the Pennsylvania Social Work Licensing Board.
Pennsylvania law recognizes two classes of social workers: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Social Worker (LSW). The requirements are as follows:
Pennsylvania LCSW Education Requirement: A Master’s or Doctoral degree in social work or social welfare from a CSWE-accredited program
Pennsylvania LCSW Exam: Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Clinical Level Examination
Field Requirement: Applicants must accumulate 3,000 hours in no less than two years; at least 1,500 hours of the 3,000 hours must be in certain topic areas including assessment, consultation, family therapy, group therapy, psychotherapy, and other psychosocial-therapeutic interventions
In order to become a licensed social work practitioner in Pennsylvania, you will need to complete prerequisite coursework, examination requirements, and, in some cases, supervised work requirements. Also, certain levels of social work in Pennsylvania can only be reached after earning a Master of Social Work. We are committed to keeping updated information on Pennsylvania 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. Last updated 09/05/2018.
Disclaimer: Social Worker Salary information is taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Information about social worker salaries in Pennsylvania is subject to change. Please confirm salary information with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 08/27/2017.