Become a Social Worker in South Carolina

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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 South Carolina, contact the South Carolina Social Work Licensing Board.

South Carolina law recognizes four classes of social workers: Licensed Independent Social Worker-Advanced Practice (LISW-AP), Licensed Independent Social Worker-Clinical Practice (LISW-CP), Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LSW). The requirements are as follows:


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South Carolina LISW-AP (Licensed Independent Social Worker-Advanced Practice)

South Carolina LISW-CP (Licensed Independent Social Worker-Clinical Practice)

South Carolina LMSW

South Carolina LBSW (Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker)

In order to become a licensed social work practitioner in South Carolina, you will need to complete prerequisite coursework, examination requirements, and, in some cases, supervised work requirements. Also, certain levels of social work in South Carolina can only be reached after earning a Master of Social Work. We are committed to keeping updated information on South Carolina 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. Last updated 11/2015.

South Carolina Social Work Salary

South Carolina Social Work Salary
South Carolina Social Work Career Average Social Work Salary
Child, Family and School Social Workers $38,350
Medical and Public Health Social Workers $49,050
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers $41,620
All Other Social Workers $42,300
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 South Carolina 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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