Become a Social Worker in Kentucky

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Disclaimer: Due to the rapidly changing nature of social work regulations, for the most up-to-date information on becoming a social worker in Kentucky, contact the Kentucky Social Work Licensing Board.

Kentucky law recognizes three classes of social workers: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Licensed Certified Social Worker (CSW), and Licensed Social Worker (LSW). The requirements are as follows:


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Kentucky LCSW

Kentucky CSW (Certified Social Worker)

Kentucky LSW (Licensed Social Worker)

In order to become a licensed social work practitioner in Kentucky, you will need to complete prerequisite coursework, examination requirements, and, in some cases, supervised work requirements. Also, certain levels of social work in Kentucky can only be reached after earning a Master of Social Work. We are committed to keeping updated information on Kentucky social work licensure policies available to you.

Disclaimer: There may be additional methods of certification that have not been covered here. Please contact your state social work licensing department for more information.

Kentucky Social Work Salary

Kentucky Social Work Salary
Kentucky Social Work Career Average Social Worker Salary
Child, Family and School Social Workers $38,160
Medical and Public Health Social Workers $45,710
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers $37,750
All Other Social Workers $51,180
Salary Increase from BSW to MSW +$9,000
Disclaimer: Social Worker Salary information is taken from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Information about social worker salaries in Kentucky is subject to change. Please confirm salary information with your state before applying for licensure or renewal. Last updated: 03/30/2016.

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