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9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Henrico Virginia 23233-1463

Phone: (804) 367-4441
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Going Green for 2018 Renewals

Beginning with the June 30, 2018 renewal, the Virginia Board of Social Work will implement an initiative to “Go Green” to reduce the number of paper renewal notices mailed by the Board. PAPER RENEWAL NOTICES WILL NO LONGER BE MAILED BY THE BOARD. Email renewal notices will be sent to all licensees at least 45 days prior to the renewal deadline. Please ensure that your email and mailing address remains up-to-date through Online Licensing or the Name/Address Change form.

Email Communication from the Board

The Virginia Board of Social Work primarily communicates with licensees and applicants by email regarding applications and renewals. Please ensure that you add the board’s email address ( to your safe recipient list to ensure that you receive all email communication from board staff.

Mid-Level Licensure

At the full Board meeting on May 11, 2017, the Board approved the draft legislative proposal for mid-level licensure for the 2018 Session of the General Assembly. This bill is to amend the Code of Virginia by amending sections §§ 54.1-3700 and 54.1-3705, by adding authority for the Board of Social Work to license baccalaureate social workers and master’s social workers, and to register persons obtaining supervised experience for licensure as a clinical social worker.


The Association of Social Work Boards (“ASWB”) licensing exams are changing effective January 2, 2018. Please visit ASWB's website to learn more about the changes, read the 2017 Analysis of the Practice of Social Work and review the timeline for implementation.

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Application Information

Notice: Applications are typically processed within 6 weeks of the receipt of a complete file. Please refer to your online application checklist to ensure that all items have been received. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions and Licensure Process Handbook prior to contacting the Board office. You are also encouraged to email any questions to Board staff will respond to all messages as soon as possible. Thank you for understanding and cooperation as we focus on ensuring complete applications continue to be processed within 30 business days.

Renewal Explanation for 2015 Regulation Changes

In 2010, the Board introduced changes to the Regulations Governing the Practice of Social Work to require licensees to renew their license on an annual basis, rather than a biannual basis. The amended Regulations became effective on December 30, 2015. The Regulations now require that CE hours are completed prior to licensure renewal in even years beginning with the 2017 renewals. The chart below provides clarification as to the number of CE hours required for each renewal period.

  2017 Renewal 2018 Renewal 2019 Renewal 2020 Renewal
Licensed Clinical
Social Worker (LCSW)
$90.00 30 hours of CE from 07/01/2015 to 06/30/2017 $90.00 15 hours of CE from 07/01/2017 to 06/30/2018 $90.00 No CE required to renew license $90.00 30 hours of CE from 07/01/2018 to 06/30/2020
Social Worker (LSW)
$65.00 15 hours of CE from 07/01/2015 to 06/30/2017 $65.00 7.5 hours of CE from 07/01/2017 to 06/30/2018 $65.00 No CE required to renew license $65.00 15 hours of CE from 07/01/2018 to 06/30/2020
Registered Social Worker $25.00 N/A $25.00 N/A $25.00 N/A $25.00 N/A
Associate Social Worker $25.00 N/A $25.00 N/A $25.00 N/A $25.00 N/A



If you work in a non-exempt setting, you are required to be licensed at the appropriate level or under board approved supervision in order to provide social work services to clients in Virginia in accordance with § 54.1-3701 of the Code of Virginia. For a list of exemptions from licensure, please review the Laws Governing Social Work by clicking here.

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Applications & Forms

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Regulated Professions

The following professions are regulated by the Board of Social Work.

Laws & Regulations

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Laws and Regulations Governing Social Work

Guidance Documents

View and download the list of available guidance documents from the Board of Social Work. These documents provide information or guidance to the public to interpret or implement statutes or the agency's rules or regulations.

Board Members, Meetings and Minutes

Board of Social Work Calendar of upcoming Board meetings and minutes from past Board meetings.  View the current Members of the Board.

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