Certified Social Work (CSW) Requirements

Social Work (CSW) Requirements

Certified social workers provide the professional application of social work values, knowledge, principles, and methods in all areas of social work practice. Certified social workers can not practice privately, or independently, or autonomously. (Continued Description)

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Be advised that if you plan to provide mental health services you must be:

  • Licensed as a Mental Health Practitioner;
  • Meet one of the exceptions delineated in statute (PDF File exceptions); or
  • Under supervision of a licensed mental health practitioner, licensed psychologist, or qualified physician and be in the process of obtaining the required post-master's experience (you must hold a provisional license in order to gain the post-masters experience towards licensure (provisional license page).

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Certification Requirements and Application Process

Initial Certification: See PDF File 172 NAC 94-007.01 (An Examination is not required to obtain a CSW)

To apply for an initial CSW you must complete the PDF File application and submit to:

Licensure Unit
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986

Reciprocity: See PDF File 172 NAC 94-007.02

To apply for a certificate by reciprocity you must complete the PDF File application and submit to:

Licensure Unit
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986

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Issuance and Processing Time

If the PDF File application is complete, issuance of the certificate usually occurs within approximately 2 weeks. However, if you have a misdemeanor or felony conviction, or other circumstance that warrants further review, the Board of Mental Health Practice will review said application at their next regularly scheduled meeting. Click here to check schedule. By statute, the Department must act within 150 days upon receipt of a completed application for certification.

If you meet all the requirements for a certificate within 90 days prior to the biennial renewal date, you may:

  1. Request that the Department delay the processing of the application and the issuance of the certificate until the biennial renewal date and pay only the fee for initial certification (you would not be able to represent yourself as a social worker until the renewal date); or
  2. Request that a certificate be issued immediately (which will be valid until the current renewal date) and pay the fee for initial certification and an additional fee of one-fourth of the biennial renewal fee.

Certificate Expiration: All certificates as a Certified Social Worker expire 9/1 of even-numbered years.

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Applications

These forms may be completed online, however, they cannot be submitted via e-mail due to the fact that all applications and forms require original signatures. If you complete the form online, you must print the form and mail it to the address listed.

All materials shall be submitted to Licensure Unit with fee payable to the "Licensure Unit".

Licensure Unit
PO Box 94986
Lincoln, NE 68509-4986

PDF File Social Work Certificate

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Misdemeanor/Felony Convictions or Licensure Discipline

If you had a misdemeanor or felony conviction or had your license in any health care profession in another state revoked, suspended, limited or disciplined in any manner, you must request the following documents be sent directly to this office:

  • Official Court Record, which includes charges and disposition;
  • If the conviction involved a drug and/or alcohol related offense, all addiction/mental health evaluations and proof of treatment (if treatment was obtained and/or required);
  • If you are currently on probation, a letter from your probation officer addressing probationary conditions and your current status; and
  • If your license in health care in another state has been revoked, suspended, limited or disciplined in any way, an official copy of the disciplinary action, including charges and disposition.

NOTE: If you have any criminal charges or license disciplinary actions pending that results in conviction or license discipline, you are required to report such actions to this department within 30 days.

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Renewal

Expiration Date: All certificates as a social worker expire 9/1, of each even-numbered year.

Renewal Process: Notice of renewal is sent to each certificate holder approximately 90 days prior to the expiration date. It is important that your address is current with our office in order to assure delivery of the renewal notice.

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Continuing Education

See 172 NAC 94 for requirements.

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