Licensure

Social Work: Requirements and Continuing Education

Application For Licensure:

 
Applicants, other than those applying for licensure by credentials, must submit or cause to be submitted the following documentation to the board:
  • completed application;
  • two (2) personal character references;
  • one (1) 2″ x 2″ original photograph of the applicant taken within the preceding six (6) months affixed to the application;
  • license fee as provided in Part 8;
  • official transcripts directly from the university or college or by other means approved by the board
  • verifying a bachelors or masters degree in social work; and
  • verification of supervision must be received directly from the supervisor or by other means approved by the board;
  • if currently or previously licensed in another state you must submit verification of licensure, which must be sent directly to the board by the issuing jurisdiction;
  • official exam scores; proof of passing the licensure exam must be received directly from the association of social work boards or from the jurisdiction in which the applicant is licensed; and
  • verification the applicant has completed one of the following:
    • three credit hour course in New Mexico cultures listed on the applicants transcripts;
    • a board approved course, workshop or seminar in New Mexico cultures;
    • proof of previously passing the New Mexico cultural examination;
  • proof of passing the jurisprudence examination with a grade of no less than 70%.
 

 Qualification For Licensure:

 
Applicants for licensure by credentials must possess the following:
  • a current valid social work license issued by an appropriate examining board under the laws of any other state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia or any sovereign nation at the level of licensure being sought for a minimum of five years;
  • a passing test score from the association of social work boards for licensure level sought;
  • a baccalaureate degree in social work from a CSWE accredited program, if applying for the LBSW;
  • a master’s degree in social work from a CSWE accredited program, if applying for the LMSW or LISW;
  • verification the applicant has completed one of the following:
    • a three credit hour course in New Mexico cultures listed on the applicants transcripts;
    • a board approved course, workshop or seminar in New Mexico cultures;
    • proof of previously passing the New Mexico cultural examination;
  • have presented to the New Mexico board documentation as required by the New Mexico board that any other license granted to the applicant by any other state has not been suspended, revoked, voluntarily surrendered or otherwise restricted for any reason except non-renewal or for the failure to obtain the required continuing education credits;
  • proof of passing the jurisprudence examination with a grade of no less than 70%.
 

Continuing Education Credit Requirements:

  Thirty (30) hours of continuing education will be required biennially. Six (6) of the thirty (30) hours must be in the subject area of cultural awareness. Proof of participation in or presentation of continuing education activity must be submitted with the license renewal request if the licensee is audited. All continuing education hours must be earned during the current two (2) year renewal period of July 1 thru June 30.
For more information contact:
Board of Social Work Examiners
Toney Anaya Building
2550 Cerrillos Road, Second Floor
Santa Fe, New Mexico
(505)476-4890
(505) 476-4620 Fax