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.


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.

Becoming a Licensed Social Worker


The Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Workers utilizes the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) to process Social Work Licensing Applications, as authorized by the MA Division of Professional Licensure.  


Applicants must contact ASWB online at: mass. org for all aspects of the licensing process, including:

  • MA Social Work Board Regulations & Rules for all licensing levels

  • Application Procedures, Fees, Required Forms and Recent Training Requirements 

  • Notices, Updates and changes


Exam Preparation

Free Social Work Practice Exams 


Fee-Based Social Work Exam Prep

  • Licensing Exam Preparation Course (LTP)

  • Licensing Exam Study Resource

  • FAQs


For more information on Massachusetts Social Work Board Regulations visit:



Greater Boston Association of Black Social Workers

c/o Imani House

516 Warren Street

Boston, MA 02121   


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