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Social Work Licensure


You will need to register with both the ASWB for the exam, and with the State of Iowa, Division of Public Health-IA Board of Social Work, for the license.  See the following IDPH site.  Candidates now need to create an online profile.

MSW students interested in taking the licensing exam early, (this means no earlier than the 1st week of the semester of your last semester), email Ashley Rasmussen ( the request that you want to take the exam prior to graduating.  The Social Work Department has a prepared letter that Dr. Juby will sign.  This is sent to you to add to their application materials.  

There are online MSW licensing exam prep materials available for check out at UNI's Rod Library.


1.  Iowa Board of Social Work licensure - fill out an application with them:

2.  Contact the Association of Social Work Boards - pay the testing fee to them:

3.  Examinations are administered by appointment at Pearson Professional Centers worldwide. There are no fixed administration dates. Instead, registered candidates can go to Pearson VUE’s website to schedule a time to take the test. 


So you need to get your license?  Follow these steps!

ASWB (Association of Social Work Boards) Examination Candidate Handbook

Directory of Black Hawk/Bremer/Buchanan County Licensed Mental Health Professionals (Let Jenny Becker know of any changes needed)

Scheduling a Licensing Exam


UNI does not offer exam classes but you can access the NASW Iowa Chapter online prep training any time through Passitpro™ (

Other Resources:

UNI Rod Library Social Work Licensing Prep Materials

Social Work Licensing Reciprocity by State (compiled Fall 2019)

ASWB Clinical SW Exam Prep YouTube Video (4 hours, 17 minutes) - posted 9-4-19

Bureau of Professional Licensure, Iowa Dep't of Public Health, Nov 2014 Powerpoint Presentation

NASW, Nov 2014 Powerpoint Presentation

BASW Video Presentation

MSW Video Presentation