How to get your WA LICSW Once You Have Your Social Work License Elsewhere

How to get your WA LICSW Once You Have Your Social Work License Elsewhere

First, refer to this post to determine which kind of Washington license you want. This post is for those of you who are certain you are seeking to become a License Independent Clinical Social Worker, which is what I recommend.

This post speaks specifically to Oregon licensed social workers, but is generalize-able to anyone wanting a license in WA.

It’s relatively simple and straight-forward to get your Washington license once you have your Oregon one. The Washington Department of Health (WA DOH) will want verification that you have your Oregon license and clinical supervision hours.

You may need:

  • 30 more hours of clinical supervision (Washington requires 130, where Oregon requires 100)

  • 3 years of supervision (Oregon requires two)

  • Training on AIDS

Here’s your checklist:

  1. Complete the AIDS Education and Training Attestation form affirming you have 4 hours in AIDS training and education.

  2. Meet up with your previous supervisors. They need to sign two forms. One is to confirm they are an approved supervisor. The second is to confirm the hours they provided you supervision. Be sure to fill out the hours under the Independent category, not the Advanced.

  3. Fill out the top portion of this form, then send it to your licensing body. Confirm they will send it to WA DOH.

  4. Complete the online application form here. You’ll need to pay the fee ($216) at this time as well.

  5. Go to the ASWB website and request your score transfer from your clinical exam.

That’s it. If you’ve got the supervision hours and years as well as the AIDS training, expect about 3-4 weeks to complete all of this and get it sent in. I believe the turnaround time for approval of your new WA license is about a month. If you need additional supervision hours, you know where to find me.

Your license is almost here. I can feel it.




Supervision + Licensing Workshop at Portland State University

Supervision + Licensing Workshop at Portland State University

Obtaining Your Social Work License in Washington p.2: Choosing a Track

Obtaining Your Social Work License in Washington p.2: Choosing a Track