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NDBSWE North Dakota Licensure Information

Licensing Fees:

  • Application $25.00

  • Licensure $75.00

  • ASWB Bachelorís or Masterís Exam $230

  • ASWB Advanced Generalist or Clinical Exam $260

Initial Application for Licensure

NOTICE REGARDING EXAMINATION FOR LICSW LICENSURE - The Clinical level exam is required for the LICSW license and must be completed and passed within one year from the date the LICSW application is received by the NDBSWE Office. See N.D. Admin. Code 75.5-02-03-02. Therefore, you should wait to submit your application for LICSW licensure and sit for the exam until your MSW supervision hours are completed or nearly completed.

If you have any questions regarding the licensure process or questions on how to properly complete the forms you may email ndbswe@aptnd.com

Reciprocity Application for Licensure

If you have any questions regarding the licensure process or questions on how to properly complete the forms, you may e-mail ndbswe@aptnd.com.

MSW Clinical Supervision Plan for LICSW Status

 

Prior to earning clinical supervision hours for achieving LICSW status, you must submit a Supervision Plan to the Board for approval.  All plans are reviewed by the Board at regularly scheduled quarterly meetings.  The deadline for submission of a plan to be reviewed is exactly two weeks prior to the upcoming Board meeting date.  See the Calendar page for upcoming meeting dates.  If your plan is not received by the Board office prior to the deadline, your plan won’t be reviewed by the Board until the next quarterly meeting.

The beginning date for approved supervision plans is the date the plan is received by the Board office.  Supervision hours earned before that date will not count.

The Clinical level exam is required for obtaining the LICSW license and must be completed and passed within one year from the date the application for LICSW is received by the Board office.  See N.D. Admin. Code 75.5-02-03-02.  Therefore, you should wait to submit your application for LICSW licensure and approval to sit for the exam until you are finished or nearly finished with your MSW Clinical Supervision Plan.

MSW Clinical Supervision Plan for LICSW Status Form

Criminal History Background Check/Child Abuse Information Index Check

According to NDCC 43-41-04.2, all applicants for licensure shall be required to submit to a statewide and nationwide criminal history check as well as consent to a Child Abuse Information Index Check and authorization for the ND Department of Human Services or its designee to release to the Board reports of decisions that services are required for child abuse or neglect filed pursuant to NDCC 50-25.1-05.2. [Applicants who hold a current North Dakota license and are applying for an upgrade of their current licenses are not required to complete the criminal history checks and the Child Abuse Information Index Check.]

All information obtained from the ND Department of Human Services or its designee is confidential and closed to the public except that it may be disclosed for use in an adjudicative or judicial proceeding.

All costs associated with obtaining a background check and the Child Abuse Information Index Check are the responsibility of the applicant.

Once your application for license is received by the Board office, a Criminal History Record Check Request form and two (2) fingerprint cards will be mailed to you. Complete the form and mail it back to the Board office along with the two (2) fingerprint cards containing your set of prints. Both cards must be printed on and submitted directly to the Board office.

The cost to run the criminal history checks is $44.50. you must submit a check or money order for $44.50, made payable to the North Dakota Attorney General along with the form and both fingerprint cards to the Board office. You may get fingerprinted at your local law enforcement agency. Please call ahead, as fingerprinting may only be offered on certain week days. There may be an additional cost for fingerprinting depending on the agency you go to.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions and Answers Regarding Licensure
 

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Q:        What are the levels and qualifications for social work licensure in North Dakota?

A:        Three levels of practice are licensed.  A Licensed Social Worker (LSW) holds a bachelorís degree in social work and is limited to working for an agency or organization.  A Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW) holds a masterís or doctorate degree in social work and must also work for an agency or organization.  A Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker holds a masterís or doctorate degree in social work and has successfully completed within four years, three thousand (3,000) hours of post-master's clinical social work experience.  A Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker may practice independently and is eligible for reimbursement by third party insurance payers.  North Dakota social workers at all levels of licensure are required to complete 30 hours of continuing education each licensing period.

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Q:        Must you have a social work degree to be licensed in North Dakota?

A:         You must have a degree in social work from a Council on Social Work Education- accredited program.  No other degree is accepted.

Q:       What is the process for reinstatement of licensure?

A:        To reinstate your license after the renewal date has passed you must start at the beginning. This means you must file an application, application fee, licensure fee, official transcript, repeat the exam, and provide three references.

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Q:        Does North Dakota have reciprocity with other states?

A:        No, when applying for licensure you must have the Verification of Out of State Licensure Form  filled out by the board in the state where you are licensed.  If that states qualifications do not meet the same qualifications as North Dakota you must meet North Dakotaís requirements.

Q:        What if I fail to renew my license?

 A:        If your license expires, you are no longer able to practice.  You must re-apply for licensure through the initial process, which may include a retake of the exam.

Q:        Upon receipt of my license may I engage in the private/independent practice of social work?

A:        Only Licensed Independent Clinical Social Workers may engage in the private/independent practice of social work.

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Q:        When and where may I take the examination?

 A:       The exam is offered Monday thru Friday.  It is administered through the Pearson Professional Center in Bismarck and West Fargo.  Contact ASWB at 888-579-3926 for more information and study guide information.

Q:        If I fail the examination, may I retake it?

A:        Yes, but you must wait 90 days before retaking the examination

Q:        Does North Dakota have a temporary or provisional license?

A:         No.  Therefore, if you are waiting to pass the exam or have passed the exam and not yet been issued a license, you may not practice.

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Q:        Please explain the supervision required to become a LICSW.

A:        To become a LICSW you must have 3000 hours of post-graduate, supervised clinical experience earned within 2 to 4 years.  (Supervision must be obtained by a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker). See Requirements for Licensure.

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Q:        How do I apply for a license?

A:        If you are a new graduate or not currently licensed in another jurisdiction, use the Initial Application for Licensure Instructions found above.  If you are currently licensed in another jurisdiction, you may apply by reciprocity.  See Reciprocity Application for Licensure section above.

Q:        How do I register for the exam? 

A:       You must submit the licensure application, $25 application fee, and either a copy of your transcript showing you are in the final semester or have graduate OR a letter from your faculty advisor stating you are eligible to graduate and are in your final semester.  You will then receive a letter of approval from the Board containing the phone number to set up and exam time.

Q:        Can the reference forms come in separately from my licensure application? 

A:        Yes.

Q:        I have had a Criminal History Background Check run on myself in the past, can this report be used by the Board? 

A:       No, Criminal History Background Check reports are confidential and may not be exchanged between individuals or agencies.  You will be required to submit for an updated report.

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