|Board of Social Work|
Phone: (804) 367-4441
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:15 to 5:00
|Other Citizen Services|
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to your safe recipient list to ensure that you receive all email communication from board staff.
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.
ASWB EXAM UPDATE – EFFECTIVE JANUARY 2, 2018The 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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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 email@example.com. 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|
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|
IMPORTANT PRACTICE INFORMATION!
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.
- Applicants for registration of supervision or licensure towards Licensed Social Worker or Licensed Clinical Social Worker can apply online. Click here to begin the online application process.
- Existing Licensees can renew a license, change an address and request a duplicate license online.
Applications & Forms
Download Applications and Instructions available from the Board of Social Work.
The following professions are regulated by the Board of Social Work.
- Associate Social Worker
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker
- Licensed Social Worker
- Registered Social Worker
Laws & Regulations
Keep in the know about important laws and regulations:
Laws and Regulations Governing Social Work
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
Frequently Asked Questions
Find the answers to common questions
Regulatory Town Hall
The Virginia Department of Planning & Budget has designed a Regulatory Town Hall for anyone interested in the proposal of regulations or meetings of regulatory boards.
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- Address of Record: Section 54.1-2400.02.B of the Code of Virginia requires the Department
of Health Professions (DHP) to collect an official address of record from
each health professional to be used by DHP for agency purposes. The Code
also requires DHP to provide an opportunity for a health professional
to provide a second address for the purpose of public dissemination. If there is no second (public) address provided, the official address
of record will be used as the public address for the purpose of public
dissemination. If the health professional would prefer that
his/her address of record remain confidential, then an alternative public
address must be provided to DHP. (Note: the License Lookup feature on
the DHP public website does not contain the full address. However, public
addresses are available by contacting Virginia Interactive Premium Service
or the Board.) An individual is not required to submit a place of residence
for either the official address of record or the public address. A post
office box or a practice location is acceptable.
Changes to either address may be made at the time of renewal or at any time by written notification to the Board. Changes to the address of record may also be made at any time by accessing your licensure information through the online system. Any change that is made to one of the addresses does not automatically update the other address. Address information should be kept current for the address of record and the public address (if different from the address of record) at all times.