Social Worker - Licensed Clinical

License Information

Per Wis. Stat. § 440.08 (2), the required renewal date for the Licensed Clinical Social Worker credential is 02/28/odd years.  Should you receive your initial credential in the months leading up to this date, you are still required to renew your license by the statutorily defined date.


  • Upon completion of education and after receiving certification as an advanced practice social worker or as an independent social worker, engage in at least 3000 hours of supervised clinical social work practice, including at least 1,000 hours of face-to-face client contact and including DSM diagnosis and treatment of individuals.
    • Supervised clinical social work hours obtained in another state may not be accepted towards the 3000 hours requirement unless they were accrued under a Wisconsin issued advanced practice or independent social worker credential.
    • Clinical social work practice must be completed under the supervision of a supervisor approved by the Social Worker Section.
  • Board reviews application and determines eligibility to sit for the national ASWB exam. The exam for this level is called the ASWB Clinical Examination.
  • Contact ASWB to register for the national exam.

Temporary License

An applicant for permanent certification may apply for a temporary certificate at the same time.

The temporary certificate may be issued to an individual who pays the required fee and meets all the qualifications for the permanent certificate except for passing the required national examination. The temporary credential expires upon notification of successful completion of the national examination or expiration of the 9 month period, whichever is earlier.

Pre-Credential Education

Applicants for licensure must have received a master's degree in social work from a program accredited by, or a pre-accreditation program of, the Council on Social Work Education or a doctoral degree in social work and, either as part of the master's or doctorate degree program or in post graduate studies, had a clinical social work concentration and completed supervised clinical field training.

Application for Licensure

2681Licensed Clinical Social Worker Application
2680​Licensed Clinical Social Worker Information for Application
2673​Clinical Course Work for Social Work License (When submitting this form, you must also request a transcript directly from your school).
2672​Documentation of Clinical Field Placement or Supervised Clinical Work Experience for Clinical Social Worker License
​2560Documentation of Post-Graduate Clinical Experience - Supervisor's Affidavit
2771​Summary of Post-graduate Experience Hours for Clinical Social Work License (Submit with Form #2560)
2829Malpractice Suits or Claims Form (If applicable)

​Convictions and Pending Charges
3071​Fax Payment Form

Application for Substance Abuse Specialty


Application for Substance Abuse Specialty Authorization
2712Affidavit Regarding Supervised Experience for Substance Abuse Specialty Authorization
2714​Substance Abuse Specialty Authorization Education and Training Form (for master degree applicants)
2713​Substance Abuse Specialty Authorization Education and Training Form (for bachelor degree applicants)

Renewal Information


  • FEE (See Renewal Dates and Fees)
  • SIG (Signature regarding the completion of Continuing Education, included in on-line renewal and paper form see Continuing Education Information for details)
  • If your legal status as a qualified alien or nonimmigrant lawfully present in the United States has changed since the issuance of your credential or your last renewal, please contact the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services at (608) 266-2112 or

Renewal Methods

  • Online Log In: License Renewal Online
  • Request a Paper Renewal Form: (888) 506‑4239 or (608) 261‑4460 for the Madison area
RDAFRenewal Dates and Fees
R210Active Duty/Discharge Renewal Extension

Wisconsin Act 210 (effective June 1, 2012)

This Act extends the license of a service member if the license expires while they are on active duty from 90 days to 180 days from the date of discharge. The same applies to a spouse of a service member if the spouse does not practice under their license while the service member is on active duty and does not practice because the service member is on active duty.

This Act repeals a provision of prior law that required a service member to meet all of the requirements for license extension or renewal, except for continuing education requirements, in order to have the license extended.

Service members and spouses may request extensions of licenses beyond 180 days from discharge and may request a waiver or extension of time to complete continuing education requirements due to hardship.  Please view Active Duty/Discharge Renewal Extension Form #R210.