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California Social Work License

There is only one social work license in California, a LCSW, which requires an
MSW from an accredited social work program. **California does not require
a license to be employed as a social worker.

NASW Documents Explaining the LCSW License Process

California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) Web Resources

NASW-CA Chapter CE Courses



Did you fail the California Law and Ethics Exam?

Applicants who fail the California Law and Ethics Exam must obtain at least 12 hours of additional law and ethics coursework before they can apply to retake the exam.

Click here for the requirements to re-apply to sit for the California Law and Ethics Exam.

View ​Exam News​ on BBS website​

NASW-CA Customer Service

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