The Board of Registration of Social Workers protects the public through regulation of the practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.  It determines eligibility for admissions to examinations for social work, conducts examinations and licenses qualified individuals at one of four levels of licensure:


  • LICSW - Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker

  • LCSW  - Licensed Certified Social Worker

  • LSW    - Licensed Social Worker

  • LSWA  - Licenses Social Workers Associate

Social workers provide services to consumers as defined by the statutes as described in the regulations.  Generally, social work professionals provide services to individuals, couples, families, groups and communities directed towards specific goals.  See MA Board of Registration of Social Workers Statues and Regulations.


The Association of Social Work Boards, ASWB processes SW licensing applications on behalf of the Commonwealth of MA Board of Registration of Social Workers, as authorized by the Division of Professional Licensure, DPL.

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