All persons practicing social work, unless otherwise specified, must be licensed in the state of Massachusetts. Review the Licensing Application Process for a thorough review of the process for obtaining a license.
To start the application process go to the Association of Social Work Boards to download the application. The application requires reference forms to be competed by three individuals: one from your placement supervisor and two other professional references; one reference must be from an LCSW or LICSW. You can ask your advisor, classroom instructors or secondary supervisor to complete the professional references. Make copies of the references for your records. You can submit your application (notarized) when you have your three references and your sealed official transcript. Transcripts take 2-3 weeks to obtain, after graduation. In two weeks time you will receive approval to take the license exam and directions for how to register for the test. You choose the date and site. Consider taking a test prep course offered by NASW or another organization.
If you are planning to move out of state, you may still be able to take the exam in Massachusetts; check with other states' licensing boards for requirements.
The entire process takes 6-8 weeks. The cost is: $173 for the application fee, $230 for the examination, $68 for the initial license.