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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.



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.  Arrange details to sit for a particular date - make an appointment with the Pearson VUE Test Center (the company that administers the test). Test is the same for every state. You make your appointment with them for one of their testing sites. Find out more/make an appointment:



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 review the NASW Iowa information for prep courses, etc.:

March 25 & 26, 2017 NASW Licensing Prep Exam Course

*Additional Prep Course Info (posted 2.22.17)



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