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NASW-MA is here to support you through your licensing process. All social workers are licensed by the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Work (Licensing Board). There are four licensure classes of Social Workers:

  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)
  • Licensed Certified Social Worker (LCSW)
  • Licensed Social Worker (LSW)
  • Licensed Social Worker Associate (LSWA)

Each class has qualification coursework, specific exams, and, in some cases, supervision requirements.

Massachusetts Social Work Licensing and Continuing Education Information has been prepared as a service to NASW Members, authorized by the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Work.

Licensing Information:

Licensing Exam:

Contact the Licensing Board:

The Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Work
Division of Professional Licensure
1000 Washington Street, Suite 710
Boston, MA 02118-6100
PHONE: 617-727-3064
Emails are the fastest way to communicate with the Board. Use the "Email the Board” link on their website.

NASW Members who still have licensing questions after obtaining the ASWB application and instructions, and after reading the Licensing Board’s Rules and Regulations, may call the Chapter office for additional assistance at 617-227-9635 or email


National Association of Social Workers - Massachusetts Chapter
14 Beacon Street, Suite 409, Boston MA 02108
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