Types of credentials issued by Nebraska:
For information on exemptions from Licensure, please see Regulations: 172 NAC 94
Certification Types (title protected):
CMSW or CSW: Anyone may provide “social work" activities/services. Social work activities do not require certification (or licensure); however, you must be certified in Nebraska in order to represent yourself as a Social Worker in Nebraska.
Social work is the professional application of social work values, knowledge, principles, and methods in all areas of social work practice. CSW's cannot practice privately, independently, or autonomously and cannot provide mental health services.
*Adding a certification to your license allows you to use a different title - it does not offer a different scope of practice/activity.
Mental Health Practitioner
Certified Social Worker
The examination you must pass is determined by the area of your degree and what type of credential(s) you apply for in Nebraska.
If your degree is a Masters/Doctorate degree in:
How do I register to take an examination?
The testing registration process is a two-part process.
Expiration Dates and Continuing Education:
Nebraska does not review or approve CE offerings. Click here for the CE Memorandum.
If your credential expires, use the following to reinstate:
DHHS Licensure Unit
Attn: Mental Health
PO Box 94986
Lincoln NE 68509-4986
Nebraska State Office Building
301 Centennial Mall South
14th & M Streets, 1st Floor
Lincoln NE 68508
Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed federal holidays.