State Board of Social Worker Licensure - Licensing - Licensed Social Worker, Licensed Master Social Worker, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

 

LS - Licensed Social Worker

"Licensed Social Worker" (LSW) is a person who has received a license as a Social Worker from the board. A LSW may: Conduct basic data gathering of records and specific life issues of individuals, groups, couples and families; assess the above data, formulate and implement a plan to achieve specific goals related to specific life issues; serve as an advocate for clients or groups of clients for the purpose of achieving specific goals relating to specific life issues; refer clients to other professional services; plan, manage, direct or coordinate social services; participate in training and education of social work students; and supervise other LSWs, other professionals practicing related professions and paraprofessionals engaged in related activities. A LSW with a BSW who has been licensed for at least two years may provide consultation required by the LSW Conditional licenses to those licensees.

How to apply

Fees

  • License Fee of $70
  • Criminal History Records Check Fee of $21

Please make your checks payable to: "Maine State Treasurer".

Term

  • Biennial

Requirements

  • A completed Application for Licensure;
  • Official transcript of an earned Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) degree from a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited program (transcript); and
  • Documentation of successful passage of the required examination (Basic/Bachelors).

FOR APPLICANTS CURRENTLY LICENSED IN ANOTHER STATE

If you are currently licensed in another state and are applying for licensure in Maine, you must submit all of the required documentation (as listed above) as well as the items listed below:

  • A copy of the state or county licensure act under which the applicant is licensed;
  • A copy of the applicant's social work license;
  • A completed verification of licensure form.

Renewal fees and information

Fees

  • $70

Please make your checks payable to: "Maine State Treasurer".

Requirements

  • A late fee of $50 is assessed for licenses renewed after the license expiration date.
  • A person who submits an application for renewal more than 90 days after the license expiration date is subject to all requirements governing new applicants and is required to reapply with an original license application, documentation and fees.
  • Renewal reminders are emailed to the email address on file at least 30 days prior to the license expiration date. It is the licensee's responsibility to keep the Board informed of current contact information and to see that the license is renewed absent the renewal application. Reminder includes licensee’s access code which, along with license number, is required for online renewal.
  • Continuing Education 25 hours of continuing education pursuant to board rules.

 

LM - Licensed Master Social Worker

"Licensed Master Social Worker" (LMSW) is a person who has received a license as a Master Social Worker from the board and only performs non-clinical functions. A LMSW may perform all of the functions of the LSW License, engage in administration, research, consultation, social planning and teaching related to the functions of social work; engage in non-clinical private practice; and provide consultation required by the LSW and LSW Conditional Licenses.

How to apply

Fees

  • Licensure Fee of $70
  • Criminal History Records Check Fee of $21

Please make your checks payable to: "Maine State Treasurer".

Term

  • Biennial

Requirements

If applying, you must submit:

  • A completed Application for Licensure;
  • Official transcript of an earned MSW degree from a CSWE accredited institution; and
  • Documentation of successful passage of the required examination (Intermediate/Masters).

Note: You must apply for LMSW Conditional Clinical licensure in order to begin your clinical consultation toward LCSW licensure.

FOR APPLICANTS CURRENTLY LICENSED IN ANOTHER STATE

If you are currently licensed in another state and are applying for licensure in Maine, you must submit all of the required documentation (as listed above) as well as the items listed below:

  • A copy of the state or county licensure act under which the applicant is licensed;
  • A copy of the applicant's social work license; and
  • A completed verification of licensure form.

Renewal fees and information

Fees

  • $70

Requirements

  • A late fee of $50 is assessed for licenses renewed after the license expiration date.
  • Renewal reminders are emailed to the email address on file at least 30 days prior to the license expiration date. It is the licensee's responsibility to keep the Board informed of current contact information and to see that the license is renewed absent the renewal application. Reminder includes licensee's access code which, along with license number, is required for online renewal.
  • A person who submits an application for renewal more than 90 days after the license expiration date is subject to all requirements governing new applicants and is required to reapply with an original license application, documentation and fees.
  • Continuing Education: 25 hours of continuing education pursuant to board rules.

 

LC - Licensed Clinical Social Worker

"Licensed Clinical Social Worker" (LCSW) is a person who has received a license as a Clinical Social Worker from the board, and may engage in Clinical Social Work Practice: The professional application of social work theory and methods to the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of psychosocial dysfunction, disability or impairment, including emotional and mental disorders. It is based on knowledge and theory of psychosocial development, behavior, psychopathology, unconscious motivation, interpersonal relationships, environmental stress, social systems, and cultural diversity with particular attention to person-in-environment. It shares with all social work practice the goal of enhancement and maintenance of psychosocial functioning of individuals, families and small groups.

How to apply

Fees

  • License Fee of $70
  • Criminal History Records Check Fee of $21

Please make your checks payable to: "Maine State Treasurer".

Term

  • Biennial

Requirements

If applying, you must submit:

  • A completed Application for Licensure;
  • Official transcript of an earned MSW degree and transcript from a CSWE accredited program;
  • Verification of Consultation Form which documents clinical social work consultation hours. Please refer to Chapter 13, Section 1(H)(3) of Board rules for further clarification; and
  • Proof of passage of the required examination (Clinical).

FOR APPLICANTS CURRENTLY LICENSED IN ANOTHER STATE

If you are currently licensed in another state and are applying for licensure in Maine, you must submit all of the required documentation (as listed above) as well as the items listed below:

  • A copy of the state or county licensure act under which the applicant is licensed;
  • A copy of the applicant's social work license; and
  • A completed verification of licensure form.

Renewal fees and information

Fees

  • $70

Please make your checks payable to: "Maine State Treasurer".

Requirements

  • A late fee of $50 is assessed for licenses renewed after the license expiration date.
  • A person who submits an application for renewal more than 90 days after the license expiration date is subject to all requirements governing new applicants and is required to reapply with an original license application, documentation and fees.
  • Renewal reminders are emailed to the email address on file at least 30 days prior to the license expiration date. It is the licensee's responsibility to keep the Board informed of current contact information and to see that the license is renewed absent the renewal application. Reminder includes licensee's access code which, along with license number, is required for online renewal.
  • Continuing Education: 25 hours of continuing education pursuant to board rules.