Social work is an important job that requires extensive knowledge of counseling or related social resources to improve the lifestyles of students, patients and a variety of other individuals. As such, Georgia has a licensing scheme for two types of social workers – master and clinical social workers. Applicants who are seeking a career as a Georgia social worker need to get a license from the Georgia Composite Board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers and Marriage and Family Therapists. License requirement generally include social work education and experience in social work under the supervision of a licensed Georgia social worker.
The state of Georgia has clinical social workers and master social workers. Only the clinical social workers can work unsupervised in a clinical setting (directly assisting clients).
Each type of Georgia social worker license has its own requirements. Refer to the following checklists to determine what you need to do to get licensed as a social worker in Georgia for both of these categories of social work.
Georgia Master Social Worker
1. Master’s degree from a social work degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). You can see a directory of CSWE social work programs at cswe.org/Accreditation/organizations.aspx.
Now, after having completed the master’s degree, applicants for a Georgia master social work license can work under the direct supervision of a licensed social worker for up to a year before having to register for the Georgia social work license exam.
The applicant can continue to work while supervised but must take the earliest possible reexamination if he or she fails to pass the social work exam the first time. Thereafter, the applicant can continue to work while taking the exam up to three times.
If the social work applicant fails a third time, he must generally cease working as a Georgia social worker even while supervised until he passes the social work exam.
To read the actual rules for licensure for a Georgia master social worker, go to rules.sos.state.ga.us/docs/135/5/03.pdf.
Georgia Clinical Social Worker
1. Master’s degree in social work from a CSWE program
2. 3 years of full-time supervised social work, the first two of which must be under direct supervision. This work must occur after you get your degree. There are multiple situations you need to read about to make sure your work qualifies. Go to rules.sos.state.ga.us/docs/135/5/04.pdf to read the specific rules for a Georgia clinical social worker.
3. You must pass the ASWB national clinical social worker exam. Read more about this national exam at aswb.org.
Georgia Application for Master Social Work
Georgia Application for Clinical Social Work