The information below includes all of the steps necessary for licensing in the state of Wisconsin. Licensure steps for Illinois can be found here. If you are interested in obtaining your license in another state, this interactive map allows you to click on any state to get state-specific information on how to become a social worker. This document lists the names and websites of the licensing board in each state. In Wisconsin, the process for BSW graduates to obtain CSW certification and for MSW graduates to obtain CAPSW certification are nearly identical. The only difference is which national test is taken. We've outlined the steps for certification in Wisconsin below.
Dr. Sarah Hessenauer walks you through the steps for licensing in Wisconsin in this video (duration: 9:16). A UWW login is required to view the video. All information from the video can also be found in the outline below.
Downloand and fill out the application Form 1992 The completed application and fee can be mailed or faxed:
Note: If you have been convicted of a crime or have criminal charges pending against you, download the “Convictions and Pending Charges” Form 2252 and return it with your application, application fee, and an additional $8.00 conviction review fee.
You may check the status of your application here.
Download the Certificate of Professional Education Form 1978. Complete only the Applicant box at the top of Form 1978. Submit this partially completed form to the UW-Whitewater Registrar's Office one of the four following ways:
Once your degree posts, the Registrar's Office will complete your form and mail it directly to DSPS.
You will receive your exam name, password, and applicant ID which you will use as your student ID to take this test after you submit your application. The exam content is drawn from applicable state statutes and administrative code chapters specific to the profession. The purpose of the exam is to familiarize yourself with locating the statutes and administrative code that regulate the practice of the profession. More information can be found here.
DSPS will issue approval with examination instructions when all requirements have been met. The ASWB examinations are administered year round at specific sites within the state. After receipt of approval, contact ASWB at 1-888-579-3926 for the dates and further instructions. You can register for the exam and purchase exam materials including the ASWB Guide to the Social Work Exams ($20) and an online practice test ($85) here. The examination for CSW certification is called the ASWB Bachelors examination (formerly Basic Level exam), and the examination for CAPSW certification is called the ASWB Masters examination.
See a timeline and overview of the certification process here.