What you need to know as a student who will soon need to be licensed in Arizona...

There are three levels of Licensure
  • LBSW -- Licensed Bachelor Social Worker
  • LMSW -- Licensed Master Social Worker 
  • LCSW -- Licensed Clinical Social Worker

About Licensure

Social Workers in the state of Arizona are regulated by the Board of Behavioral Health Examiners (BBHE).

The Arizona licensure law is a "practice act" that restricts the practice of psychotherapy to behavioral health professionals licensed at the highest level. 

In the case of social work, the highest level is LCSW.

For specific facts and questions answered about licensure in Arizona please visit the NASW Licensure FAQ's for social workers.

Requirements for Social Workers

The BBHE offers an excellent overview of the requirements social workers need in order to become licensed here.

The Application for social workers can be found on the BBHE website.
Licensing Exam

The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) is the organization that provides testing materials for the licensing exam and they are the organization that develops and maintains the social work licensing examinations used across the country.

They offer online practice exams to prep for the test, study guides, information on where to register for your exam as well as additional tools to help you on our way.

Licensing Exam Preparation Services (LEAP) offer tools and study guides as well as additional practice exams to help social workers prepare for their licensing exam.