It’s time to take your clinical exam in NYS

General Requirement to be a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in NYS

  • Must be of good moral character
  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • Must have an education that includes a master’s degree in social work (MSW) with at least 12 semester hours of clinical coursework that is accepted by the Department
  • Must have at least 3 years of post MSW supervised experience in diagnosis, psychotherapy, and assessment-based treatment planning that is accepted by the Department
  • Must meet clinical examination requirements
  • Must complete coursework and/or training in the identification and reporting of child abuse that is offered by a NYS approved provider
Applying to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

Submit Form 1 (Application for Licensure) and a fee of $294.00. Find Form 1 here:

Request your university to verify your education directly to the NYS education Department on Form 2. Find Form 2 here:

Request your supervisor to submit verification of your supervised hours in diagnosis and psychotherapy on Form 4B. Applicants must hast supervised experience approved in order to meet licensing eligibility. Find Form 4B here:

NYS Department of Education must approve your education, supervised experience and all application materials. Applicants will be notified along with ASWB when all requirements are satisfied.

Register directly with the ASWB to take the Clinical examination.

Helpful Materials when prepping for the LCSW exam:

  1. ASWB Exam Candidate Video:
  2. Find the status of your license application:

The fee for your licensure and first registration is $294.00.

The fee for your limited permit is $70.00.

Please note:

    1. These fees are subject to change.
    2. Do not send cash!
    3. Make your personal check or money order payable to the New York State Education Department. Your cancelled check is your receipt.
    4. Mail your application and fee to:

New York State Education Department
Office of the Professions
PO Box 22063
Albany, NY 12201

For more information on Education and Experience requirements follow this link.