Now Live: Easier Online License Applications!
LicensE, our new, online, self-guided occupational license application platform is now live! The list of licenses available via LicensE is available
HERE. Anyone applying for an initial license for any of the credentials listed can apply at license.wi.gov.
Who can use LicensE? Applicants for initial health care licenses are our primary LicensE users, but we know many other organizations and institutions will need to submit documents through the platform. Anyone who is not an applicant or a DSPS employee is considered a LicensE third-party user. Third-parties include educational institutions, employers, testing centers, and any other individual or entity who needs to supply documentation on behalf of an applicant. Please see our Additional Resources for third-party user guides, demo videos, and more.
LicensE is for new, initial applications only. To renew your license, click HERE. You should not use LicensE to renew your license at this time.
If you already have a pending application, you should not apply again in LicensE. Note that applicants who apply multiple times will be charged for each application.
Wis. Stat. § 440.08 (2), the required renewal date for the 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.
An applicant for permanent credential may apply for a temporary credential at the same time. (Note: Temporary credentials are not available for applicants applying via reciprocity).
- The temporary credential may be issued to an individual who pays the required fee and meets all the qualifications for the permanent credential 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.
- A temporary credential may be renewed one time for an additional 9-month period.
Contact ASWB to register for the national exam at
www.aswb.org/exam-candidates/exam-registration/. (Applicants have the option of taking the national exam prior to graduation.) The examination for this level is called the ASWB Bachelors examination (formerly Basic Level exam). Board reviews application and determines eligibility to sit for the national exam.
Received a bachelor's or master's degree in social work from a program accredited by, or pre-accreditation program of, the Council on Social Work Education or a doctoral degree in social work. (If you do not meet these requirements, see information pertaining to Social Worker Training Certificate.)
Application for Licensure
1992||Credentialing Information for Certified Social Worker Applicants|
|4211||Information for Social Work Application Completion|
|3217||Application for Fee Reduction (If applying for a fee reduction, this form must accompany the application for the credential.)|
1978||Certificate of Professional Education This form must be sent to DSPS directly from your school.|
2829||Malpractice Suits or Claims Form (if applicable)|
3085||Application for Predetermination (Optional-Submit ONLY if you have been convicted of any felony, misdemeanor, or other violations of federal or state law in this state or any other and you desire a review of your conviction record before applying for a credential.)|
2252||Convictions and Pending Charges|
3071||Fax Payment Form|
|3219 ||Information for Social Worker Late Renewal Applicants (For credentials expired five (5) years or more)|
Application for Substance Abuse Specialty
|2711||Credentialing Information for Substance Abuse Specialty Authorization|
|2712||Affidavit Regarding Supervised Experience for Substance Abuse Specialty Authorization|
|2713||Substance Abuse Specialty Authorization Education and Training Form (Social Work and Independent Social Work)|
|2714||Substance Abuse Specialty Authorization Education and Training Form (Advanced Practice Social Work)|