Loyola University Chicago

School of Social Work

IL Licensure LSW/LCSW

**In mid-November 2019, an amendment to The Clinical Social Work and Social Work Practice Act (Senate Bill 1888), that beginning on January 1, 2020, Illinois social work students currently enrolled in their last semester of a master’s level social work program would be able to sit for the ASWB Masters exam (for LSW) without pre-approval.

While the law is still in effect, at this time the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) is not prepared to implement this new Illinois law. We were told by ASWB that they are working with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to rectify this issue as quickly as possible. The NASW-Illinois Chapter will continue to monitor this issue and push both organizations for a swift conclusion that allows master’s students in their last semester to sit for the ASWB test as Illinois law allows.**

Helpful Resources

Steps

Please note the instructions indicate that all applications must be completed in black ink only.

The State of Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulartion (IDFPR) only requires that you fill out three forms when applying for the examination for the LSW:

  1. The Application for Licensure/Examination, 4 pages, find below:
    IL Licensure Blank Application

    *Write N/A for Part 7 on the 4th page of the application. There is no exam code when applying for examination. Please see page 1 and the reference sheet in the State of Illinois packet, for more information.

  2. The Health Care Workers Charged with or Convicted of Criminal Acts (CCA form), which is 1 page, find below:
    IL CCA Form
  3. The LSW Certification of Education form (ED form), which is 2 pages, find below:
    LSW Certification of Education PDF

 

IDFPR only requires that you fill out four forms when applying for the examination for the LCSW:

  1. The Application for Licensure/Examination, 4 pages, find below:
    IL Licensure Blank Application.

    *Write N/A for Part 7 on the 4th page of the application. There is no exam code when applying for examination. Please see page 1 and the reference sheet in the State of Illinois packet, for more information.

  2. The Health Care Workers Charged with or Convicted of Criminal Acts (CCA form), which is 1 page, find below:


  3. Verification of Employment/Experience Form (VE-SW Form)
    Page 19/20 in the State of Illinois packet
  4. The LCSW Certification of Education form (ED form), which is 2 pages, find below:
  • See sample with instructions: LCSW Certification of Education Sample
  • Blank application form: LCSW Certification of Education Blank

    *Please fill out the following fields: name, date of birth, address, as well as your signature. Please do Not fill in: graduation date, date the form, or fill in your social security number until Loyola sends this form back to you. With all submissions, applicants should include instructions on where to mail the completed form and a contact number in case we have any questions during processing.

    Please note: Once applicants have submitted their Certification of Education form in person or by mail, the Student Affairs office will process it within 30–45 business days. Staff cannot do same-day processing of submitted forms.

Once you have received your Certification of Education form back in the mail, you will follow the instructions mailed with that form to complete it and add it to the rest of your application materials. Mail everything to the IDFPR with the $50 application fee at the following address:

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
Attn: Division of Professional Regulation
P.O. Box 7007 Springfield, Illinois 62791

If you have any questions about Certification of Education processing, please contact Doris Hernandez at 312-915-7707, or via email at dhernandez10@luc.edu. It is highly reccomended that you submit your form via email (dhernandez10@luc.edu) The Certification of Education Form can be submitted in person or by mail to the address below.

The mailing address is:
Loyola University Chicago, School of Social Work
Student Affairs Office
820 N. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

The physical address is:
1 E. Pearson, Maguire Hall, 5th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611

Get approved to sit for the exam

Once your application is approved, you will receive a candidate handbook, a letter of approval, and a test code. (Turnaround time is approximately 5-6 weeks, if all documentation is received).

Please note there are two additional fees as a part of the licensure process. The acceptance of examination fee is $50, and the endorsement of license following passing the examination is $200.

Once the individual receives the letter of approval from the IDFPR, they are eligible to sit for the exam and can contact the ASWB Candidate Registration Center at 888.579.3926 to schedule your examination. The State of Illinois uses the Masters Examination for the LSW License.

If you are applying for a license outside of Illinois

  • Visit the National Association of Social Workers website www.socialworker.org , select "Find Your Chapter" and your state on the search option.
  • Select the state from which you wish to get your license. Please locate the forms that Loyola will have to complete on your behalf if applicable, and submit them to our office.

Examination Preparation

Loyola University Chicago's School of Social Work offers an examination preparation course once a year, please email Doris Hernandez at dhernandez10@luc.edu or more information. In addition, NASW-IL also offers courses. More information on these courses can be found here. Additionally, the ASWB offers study guides and practice tests. The ASWB Guide to the Social Work Exams (print edition $20 and the e-book edition $15) is the only guide published by the creators of the social work examinations.

For hands-on practice, students can order the ASWB online practice test for $85. Another tool for exam candidates is the ASWB online practice tests for the Bachelors, Masters, and Clinical exams. These full-scale, 170-question practice tests use retired test questions from past exams and are designed to simulate the actual testing experience.