The field of social work can provide both a good job and fulfilling experience helping a variety of people in vastly diverse settings. Those seeking work in counseling or similar therapy as a Texas social worker should learn the requirements for a license so they can map out a career plan. The Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners administers the licensing programs for state social workers. Requirements include social work education and a certain amount of experience under the supervision of a licensed social worker. Those who meet the requirements can work unsupervised as an independent social worker in Texas.
There are three main types of Texas social workers. Read these types to see some of the qualifications to do licensed social work in Texas:
This is a Texas social work associate. An SWA need not have a degree in social work but has a certain amount of experience under the supervision of a licensed social worker to work as an associate.
A licensed social worker is a social worker with a bachelor’s degree who has completed additional qualifications.
This is a licensed master social worker. As the name implies, an LMSW has a master’s degree in social work.
An AP is an advanced practitioner. This is an LMSW with three years of general social work experience.
An ACP is also an LMSW with three years of experience. But this is an advanced clinical practitioner, so the three years must be in clinical social work.
Within these categories, there is also a licensed clinical social worker who has obtained supervised experience and passed an exam on clinical social work.
1. All Texas social work applicants must pass a jurisprudence exam.
2.. An LSW must pass a bachelor’s license exam.
3. An LMSW must pass a master’s social work exam.
4. A clinical social worker must pass a clinical social work exam.
You will be scheduled to take the exam when applying for your Texas social worker license. See the sources below to find all the social worker application forms for the state of Texas.
Note on Jurisprudence Exam:
To apply for the Texas social work jurisprudence exam, go to dshs.state.tx.us/socialwork/sw_Jurisprudence.shtm to register.
Note on Degree Requirements:
Your degree must be an accredited program. The CSWE is the Council on Social Work Education and accredits social work degree programs. Texas requires CSWE accreditation. Go to cswe.org/Accreditation/organizations.aspx to find a directory of accredited social work programs in Texas and other states.
Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners Applications and Related Forms