LSW/LSWA

This video can answer many of your questions about LSW and LSW-A


LSW and LSW-A Information (click here to download the info sheet)

 July 2024

  • Why tiered licensure?
    • Billing requirements from insurance providers for licensure to provide/receive care
    • Professional development & career ladder
  • LSW covers primarily case management and counseling
    • Psychotherapy, top signature on treatment plans, differential diagnosis are NOT in the scope of practice for LSW’s
  • LSW (Licensed Social Worker)
    • Attend and graduate from an accredited BSW program
    • UNH and Plymouth State (St. Anselm College working towards this also)
    • Supervision agreement on file and approved by Board of Mental Health Practice
    • Supervision Agreement in on OPLC website under “Education”
    • Can be someone outside the organization (off-site supervisor)
    • You will receive your LSW-C (Licensed Social Worker - Conditional) once the supervision agreement is on file
    • 2 years/100 hours of supervision
    • ASWB BSW Exam required
    • You can sit for the exam once you’ve been supervised for 18 months
    • You can find the request to sit for the exam on the OPLC website under “Education”
    • Application for the full license at the end of the two years
  • LSWA (Licensed Social Work Associate)
    • For people who have attended a program other than a BSW (AA, BA, BS) with courses in human services (psychology, addiction, etc.)
    • Supervision agreement on file
    • Supervision Agreement in on OPLC website under “Education”
    • Can be someone outside the organization (off-site supervisor)
    • If Bachelors (BA/BS degree): 2 years/100 supervision hours (from an LICSW, LCMHC, LMFT)
    • If Associates (AA) degree: 3 years/150 supervision hours (from an LICSW, LCMHC, LMFT)
    • You will receive your LSWA-C (Licensed Social Work Associate - Conditional) once the supervision agreement is on file
    • ASWB BSW Exam (ASWB might be able to offer an associate’s exam, stay tuned)
    • You can sit for the exam once you’ve been supervised for 18 months
    • You can find the request to sit for the exam on the OPLC website under “Education”

    • Bachelor’s degree - 4000 hours of work, no fewer than 2 years
    • Associates degree - 6000 hours of work, no fewer than 3 years
    • Sometime between when your supervision agreement is on file and when you complete the required supervision hours, you will need to complete a 30-hour training (prior to full licensure)
  • What if I’ve been practicing for 10 years and have already have supervision but no supervision agreement on file? Submit a request to the Board for a waiver
  • If you are in between your MSW and LICSW with a supervision agreement on file, you will have your LICSW-C (Conditional)
  • Conditional licenses can only be renewed once


You can find the rules, application, and supervision agreement information on the NH Board of Mental Health Practice website. 

https://www.oplc.nh.gov/board-mental-health-practice