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Continuing Education Requirements
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Submit CE certificates
Troubleshooting CE Broker
Post Program Approval:
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Becoming a Board Member
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Info for the New LISW
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Licensed Independent Social Worker FAQs
I have an LSW now. How do I begin working toward my LISW?
Can I start accumulating supervised experience without an LSW?
I work in an exempt setting (church, county social service agency, etc.), and my job doesn’t require me to be licensed. Can I earn supervision toward the LISW?
If I get my 150 hours done early, can I complete my supervision in less than two years?
What do I need to know if I’m only working part-time? Is it okay if it takes me longer than two years to complete 3000 hours of work?
Can I complete my supervised experience out-of-state?
I work for a federal employer (Veterans’ Administration, Department of Defense), and my agency allows me to practice in Ohio with an out-of-state license. Can I earn supervised experience toward the LISW in Ohio?
Either I or my spouse are serving in the military, and I’ll be practicing overseas. Can I earn supervised experience toward the LISW in Ohio?
Application Licensure FAQs
How do I apply for the LISW?
I have a criminal record, but I already provided court documents with my LSW application. Do I have to do that again?
I already completed background checks when I earned my LSW. Do I really need to complete them again for my LISW?
Does applying for the LISW also give me approval to take the exam?
How do I prepare for the exam?
What’s the difference between the Clinical Exam and the Advanced Generalist Exam?
Aside from taking the exam, what else do I need to do to get my LISW?
Once I pass my test, is my license automatically issued?
Once my LISW is issued, how long is it good for?
Once my LISW is issued, do I still need to renew my LSW?
How do I renew my license?
What is the scope of practice for an LISW?