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Military Licensing

If you or your spouse is a veteran or current member of the Armed Forces of the United States, the following information is provided to help you when renewing your Ohio license/registration, obtaining your Continuing Education Units (CEU’s), and applying for licensure.

The Armed Forces of the United States includes the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, or any reserve components of those forces. It also includes the National Guard of any state, the commissioned corps of the United States Public Health Service, the Merchant Marine Service (during wartime), or the Ohio Organized Militia when engaged in full-time national guard duty for a period of more than thirty (30) days. Member means any person who is serving in the armed forces. A veteran is any person who completed service in the Armed Forces who has been discharged under honorable conditions or who has been transferred to the reserve with evidence of satisfactory service.

Please see Ohio Administrative Code Rule 4757-1-08 for more details regarding benefits available to active duty military personnel, veterans, and their families.

Expedited Processing

Individuals or spouses of individuals who are veterans or members of the armed forces may have their application expedited.  When the Board receives an application from a member of the armed forces, a veteran, or a spouse or surviving spouse of a member of the armed forces or veteran the application will be prioritized with a goal of ensuring that the license is issued the same day that the applicant’s licensure file is complete.

Important Note: if you think you qualify for an expedited license application or other assistance, please contact the Board via e-mail at cswmft.info@cswb.ohio.gov or by phone at 614-466-0912 so we can assist you to the best of our ability.

Some Fees Waived

The application fee for active duty personnel is waived as is the application fee for spouses of active duty personnel assigned to military duty in Ohio. Additionally, late fees can be waived for persons on active duty who renew a lapsed (late renewal) license.

Important Note: if you think you qualify for a waiver of fees, an expedited license application, or other assistance, please contact the Board via e-mail at cswmft.info@cswb.ohio.gov or by phone at 614-466-0912 so we can assist you to the best of our ability.

License Renewal and Continuing Education Waivers/Extensions

Licensees on active duty when their license is due for renewal may request an extension of their renewal date. Active duty licensees/registrants whose licenses lapse due to active military service may renew the license at the usual cost without penalty or re-examination provided that the licensee is not otherwise disqualified.

Licensee/Registrants who are the spouse of an individual serving in the Armed Forces of the United States, whose service resulted in the licensee's absence from Ohio.

Note: This provision only allows for the renewal of a lapsed license without penalty. If you are required to have an active license for your military position, you will need to renew your license prior to your renewal date. If you will be deployed prior to the opening of your renewal period, please contact the Board to make arrangements to renew your license early.

Licensees/Registrants on active duty or called to active duty during a current or prior reporting period may receive an extension of time to complete CEU’s for the current reporting period equal to the number of months spent on active duty during the current reporting period.  Any portion of a month served shall be considered one full month.

Military Equivalency

Eligibility for Licensure as a Licensed Independent Social Worker:

If you are a current member or veteran of the armed forces of the United States, or a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States, including the Ohio national guard, the following information is provided to help you in obtaining licensure as a Licensed Independent Social Worker by the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board.  4757-1-08

In accordance with Ohio Revised Code section 5903.03, the Board has adopted rules specifying the military programs of training, military primary specialties, and lengths of service that are substantially equivalent to or exceed the educational and experience requirements for licensure.

For members of the Armed Forces to be licensed as a Licensed Independent Social Worker the following requirements must be met:

  • Completion of a master’s degree in Social Work from a program accredited by the Council for Social Education (CSWE). 
  • OAC 4757-1-08(B)(1)(b)Individuals applying from active duty status must have a military primary specialty as:
    • Army: Social Worker (AOC 73A)
    • Navy: Social Worker (NOBC None)
    • Air Force: Clinical Social Worker (AFSC 42SX)
  • Individuals applying from reserve status must be able to show two years of active duty service with a military primary specialty as listed above or have two years of supervised experience from an LISW or equivalent.
  • Applicant must pass the licensure examination meeting the requirements established by the Social Work Professional Standards Committee pursuant to OAC 4757-19-02(C)(3)

Please note: there are no military programs of training or minimal lengths of service that are substantially equivalent to or exceed the educational and experience requirements for the following license or registration types:

  • Social Worker Assistant
  • Licensed Social Workers
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor
  • Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Independent Marriage and Family Therapist