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      Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), License
      License Description:
      Persons engaging in private practice in clinical social work.

      Fees: ASW Registration Application: $75; Annual Renewal: $75
      Initial Application: $100

      Initial License (Max): $100

      California Law & Ethics Exam: Taken as an ASW Registrant
      Exam Location: Multiple Locations through Exam Vendor

      Clinical Exam: ASWB Clinical Exam (taken through the Association of Social Work Boards)

      Exam Locations: Multiple.

      All required supervised experience gained in California must be accrued while registered with the Board as an Associate Clinical Social Worker (ASW).

      Experience Requirement: Master's degree from accredited school or department of social work, 2 years of supervised postgraduate experience with no less than 3200 hours.

      Examination Information: Once applicant meets all requirements and the Board reviews and approves the application for examination eligibility, the applicant will receive an eligibility notice to take the LCSW Standard Written Examination.

      Average Time to Process Application: Allow 60 days.

      Renewal Period: 2 years active: $110, inactive: $60.

      Special License Requirements: Completion of courses in child abuse assessment and reporting, human sexuality, chemical substance dependency, spousal or partner abuse; fingerprint clearance through the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation; take and pass examinations.

      Authority: California Code of Regulations, Title 16, Division 18, Section 1800, et seq. Business and Professions Code, Chapter 14, Section 4990 et seq.
      Licensing Agency:
      Department of Consumer Affairs
      Board of Behavioral Sciences
      1625 N Market Blvd., Suite S-200
      Sacramento, CA 95834
      (916) 574 7830