Social Work Licensure in Missouri

         Obtaining and maintaing your social work license in Missouri offers many benefits to licensees and also provides a reliable standard for the social work profession. The Missouri Society for Clinical Social Work assists individuals in maintaining licensure and in continued education. For additional information regarding licensure, please see the links at the bottom of this page.
Types of Social Workers in MO

Licensed Master of Social Work (LMSW)
- Has passed Master Social Work Exam
- Master's Degree in Social Work required
- Renewal required every 2 years
- 30 hours of Continuing Education required

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
- Has passed Clinical Social Work Exam
- Master's Degree in Social Work required
- Renewal required every 2 years
- 3,000 hours of supervised expereince in field
- 30 hours of Continuing Education required

Licensed Ba. of Social Work (LBSW)
- Has passed Bachelor's Social Work Exam
- Bachelor's Degree in Social Work required
- Renewal required every 2 years
- 30 hours of Continuing Education required

Maintaining Licensure in MO

- Licenses expire biannually on Sept. 30

- 30 hours of Continuing Education including 3 hours of ethics required every 2 years

- Licensees must keep proof of attendance of Continuing Education

- New licenses less than 2 years qualify for pro-rated Continuing Education 

- State income tax must have been filed & paid for the previous 3 years

- Correct address must be on file with state committee


Non-Active, Lapsed/Expired Licenses in MO

- Nonactive status request can be made in writing. Renewal form, fee and continuing education or test results required to become active again

- 1-60 days late renewal is a lapsed license; 61 + days is expired

- Restoration fee, renewal fee and proof of continuing education for each month required for restoring lapsed or expired license

- Without a license, one may not:  practice 
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