Social Work License
Take your career to the next level with a social work license in New York, New Jersey or Connecticut.
If you’re considering moving out of state after graduation, you must meet that state's requirements.
To register for the LMSW examination in the state of New York:
- New York State LMSW License Requirements.
- Complete the Mandated Reporter Training Course online. This 2-hour web-based online training course can be completed at any time, 24/7. Users have 30 days to complete the course. Progress is saved at the end of each section, so you can complete it at your own pace. *Note: This is only a requirement for New York licensure.
- Complete Form 1: Application for Licensure and First Registration.
- Once you have graduated from the MSW program, Fordham University Academic Records will send your Certificate of Education (Form 20, the new form that replaces Form 2) within a few weeks following graduation directly to the NYS Office of Professions.
- Once the Office of the Professions has your application, fee and verification of graduation, they will send you a letter of approval to take the exam.
- Before you schedule your LMSW examination date, review the instructions in the Association of Social Work Boards' Examination Candidate Handbook. The LMSW exam you must take is the Masters Exam. Register for it online at the Association of Social Work Boards' registration page.
Note: You must apply and be approved to register for the exam by the Board in your state prior to registration.
To register for the LMSW examination:
- Review the ASWB Examination Candidate Handbook.
- Follow the instructions on the ASWB's Online Exam Registration page and register for the Masters Examination.
The Masters Examination content outline is:
- Human Development Diversity and Behavior in the Environment: 28%
- Assessment and Intervention Planning: 24%
- Direct and Indirect Practice: 21%
- Professional Relationships, Values and Ethics: 27%
Requirements for Registrar Verification
- If you are a current graduate, no action is required on your part. The Office of Academic Records will submit the information following the awarding of degrees.
- If you are a past graduate who is applying to take the NYS LMSW exam, email firstname.lastname@example.org to request that your information be submitted to the NYS Office of Professions.
- Complete the LCSW Form 2 and upload it as an attachment to your electronic National Student Clearinghouse transcript request using the instructions on this page.
Out of New York State Licensing Forms
- Upload such forms as an attachment to your electronic National Student Clearinghouse transcript request using the instructions on this page.
Fordham University uses the National Student Clearinghouse to generate and send official student transcripts.
To begin, visit Fordham's transcript ordering page