LSW/LCSW Information

Presentation: Licensure in Illinois

A presentation on social work licensure in Illinois, given by Joel Rubin, Executive Director of NASW-IL, to MSW students of the Jane Addams College of Social Work on April 12, 2021.

Application Information

Steps to Licensure

National Association of Social Work – IL: Licensure Steps

LSW Exam Information: NASW-IL provides information regarding sitting for the LSW exam during the final semester of the MSW Program. You may sit for the exam; however, you cannot apply for licensure until you have earned your MSW degree. Additional, more specific information, and the links necessary for how to apply, can be found in the remaining sections on this page.

  • UPDATE: While the above referenced law is still in effect, at this time the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) is not prepared to implement this new Illinois law. ASWB is working with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to rectify this issue as quickly as possible. The NASW-Illinois Chapter will continue to monitor this issue and push both organizations for a swift conclusion that allows master’s students in their last semester to sit for the ASWB test as Illinois law allows.

For more information download » Licensure in Illinois: What You Need to Know


Download the application and carefully read the instructions.

Certification of Education (ED) Form Process

Please keep in mind that forms are being processed monthly.  Alumni are not able to pick up forms in person because visitors are not allowed in the building due to COVID precautions.

Submit the 2 page Certification of Education (ED) Form, page 17-18 of the application package, by doing the following:

1)   Make sure the top portion (applicant section ONLY) and the right side edge on the second page is completely filled in.

2)   Mail the form AND a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Mailing Address

ATTN: Hazel Brown
UIC Jane Addams College of Social Work
1040 W. Harrison St. (MC 309)
4th Floor, Suite 4329
Chicago, IL 60607

3)   The form will be returned to you using your self-addressed stamp envelope as soon as it is completed and approved by the Associate Dean to be included with your application.

Remainder of the Application

Per application instructions, submit your application and fee payment to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).

Once the IDFPR processes your application they will send you a letter with information on how to proceed forward.

Additional Information

IDPFR Technical Assistance Unit: (217) 782-8556

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation

Association of Social Work Boards

JACSW Contact: Hazel Brown, Records Supervisor or 312-996-7098.

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