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 The mission of the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board is to protect the public by setting standards for qualification, training, and experience for those who seek to represent themselves to the public as certified social workers or licensed clinical social workers and by promoting high standards of professional performance for those engaged in the practice of social work in accordance with the Social Worker Certification and Licensure Act. If you believe a social worker certified or licensed by this Board has violated the Statute and/or Rules governing their credential or if you believe an individual is engaged in unlicensed clinical social work practice you may file a complaint with this Board. To download the complaint form click here


Due to the COVID-19 governmental recommendations, NCSWCLB staff will be working remotely until it is determined safe to resume regular on-site business operations based on guidance provided by local authorities and government agencies. 

Although the Board will not be taking phone calls at this time, we are still available to assist you. Please email any inquiries to the appropriate individual listed in the Administrative Services Directory. We will respond to inquiries as quickly as possible. Many questions and concerns during this time may be addressed in our COVID-19 Info and FAQ’s

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we work to assist you while maintaining a safe working environment for our staff. 


Welcome to the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board (NCSWCLB) website. Here you will find information regarding social work certification and licensure, what is needed to become a CERTIFIED SOCIAL WORKER or LICENSED CLINICAL SOCIAL WORKER, the SOCIAL WORK STATUTE and REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS if you are a social worker or member of the public, VERIFICATION OF LICENSE status, and the process to FILE A COMPLAINT against a social worker who is certified or licensed by this Board. 

Licensees and certificate holders are responsible for meeting all requirements and should review the law and rules carefully and frequently to ensure compliance with the regulatory requirements for the practice of social work in North Carolina.  Important changes to the North Carolina Social Worker Certification and Licensure Act were made by the North Carolina General Assembly during the 2019-2020 session, which will become effective January 1, 2021.

It is our intent to provide the most relevant and current information. If you have questions, need additional information, or to provide comments on how we can improve the website, please email us at

Please allow the Administrative Staff up to 21 days to process applications and requests before calling or contacting the Board, so that they may process the multitude of Board actions and decisions. Thank you. 

WEBSITE REDESIGN: Visitors to the North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board website can expect to see a revamped look very soon. With the launch of the newly revamped website, social workers will have the opportunity to set up a personal portal through which they can apply for and renew their certificate/license online. Please ensure your contact information and email address are current with the Board for receiving announcements and news alerts. 

This website is considered a primary source for North Carolina Social Work Certification and Licensure Board (NCSWCLB) data. Credentialing information is current (updated in real time) and is the same information the Board provides through other means, such as telephone, fax, mail, or email.

All information provided by the NCSWCLB on this web site is made available as a service to the public. While every attempt is made to ensure that the information contained herein is both accurate and current, the Board makes no guarantee or warranty, either expressed or implied, concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content of this website or the content of any other website to which it may link. It is the responsibility of the user to assess the accuracy and reliability of the information obtained from this website; and the Board assumes no responsibility for, nor shall the Board be liable for errors contained herein or for any damages resulting from the use of information obtained from this website.

If you believe that information obtained from this site is inaccurate or out-of-date, or you encounter technical problems when using or accessing this site, please notify the Board's Administrative Office.