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Common questions by the LCSWA


Q.  Why haven’t I heard anything from the Board after I submitted my employment verification, position statement (supervision information), and/or crisis plan?

A.  The Board office will not contact you after receiving the Employment Verification form, signed Position Statement for Clinical Supervision, or your crisis plan unless additinal information is needed or there are compliance concerns.  It is documented in your file and data base for office use.  You may start your clinical practice as soon as you have a Clinical Supervisor in place and have submitted your required paperwork. 

Q.  How do I know if my position or job is considered clinical social work to ensure that the hours count toward LCSW requirements? 

A.  Please consult your Clinical Supervisor and Employer to determine if you are authorized to provide clinical services and the duties and responsibilities meet the definition of Clinical Social Work Practice.  Please refer to the Social Work Practice Act [NC Gen. Stat. 90B-3 - Definitions], and the NC Administrative Code, Section .0102, (10), (11), (12), and (18) for the definitions of Clinical Social Work Experience, Diagnosis, Clinical Case Management, and Treatment to determine what constitutes clinical practice.  The requirement for clinical licensure is not determined by job title, agency, etc., but by job function, job description, and the duties preformed. 


Q.  Did you receive my Six-Month Review? 

A.  If you need to confirm receipt of your six month review reports, etc., please send the information by priority mail with delivery confirmation, certified mail, or other traceable delivery as we have limited staff that answer the phones and process all administrative activity.  The LCSWA Six-Month Reviews are processed in order of receipt and it may take several weeks to be reviewed depending on the current volume of administrative activity. Notification will be sent to you only if follow up action is needed or there are compliance concerns. 


[IMPORTANT NOTICE: Case narratives associated with each Six-Month Review period MUST be prepared, reviewed with your clinical supervisor and signed. Each document must be maintained on file with your clinical supervisor and immediately available to the Board upon request. Files are required to be maintained for a minimum of 3 years beyond the termination of services.]


Q.  Can I fax in my Six-Month Review?

A.  NO.  Reviews received via fax will not be processed.  We require original signature documents only. Please make sure you retain a copy for your records and can provide a signed copy of the case narrative upon request. 


Q.  What kind of information should be included in the case narrative?

A.  You may refer to the Supervision Manual for information regarding case summaries, supervisory agreements, crisis plans etc. 


Q.  If I change employers or supervisors during the six month review period what do I need to do? 

A.  Notify the Board immediately of any change in contact information (name, address, place of employment, business and home phone).  You may download a Name and/or Address Change Form from the Board’s website at

Q.  If I have two jobs how do I submit my Six-Month Reviews? 

A.   Complete a Six-Month Review form and case narrative for each place of employment. The case narrative should be co-signed by you and your clinical supervisor for each practice location and maintained by the supervisor (case narratives are submitted to the Board only upon request). The Six-Month Review documents (for each practice location) should be submitted to the Board in accordance with the reporting date provided by the Board. [An Employment Verification form should already be on file with the Board verifying your employment for each job location.]

Q.  How many hours do I already have documented with the Board?

A.  Please keep a copy of all Six-Month Reviews submitted to the Board.  You will not receive a response from the Board unless follow up action is needed or there are compliance concerns. It is also recommended that you and your clinical supervisor to keep an ongoing log of your supervision hours to insure compliance with the 1:30 hour supervision to practice ratio and to document how many hours of supervision were provided face-to-face and in person as well as how many hours were provided through the use of technology. 


Q.   How do I get exam approval, where do I send the exam fee and when is the next exam being given?

A.  Upon approval of your application and issuance of your LCSWA license, you receive exam approval (Exam Candidacy Approval).  Your initial approval is good for two years, but for one exam attempt.  Re-examination requires another approval from the Board. To request to sit for the exam you must submit the exam processing fee of $40.00 payable by certified bank check or money order, made payable to the NCSWCLB at P O Box 1043, Asheboro, NC  27204.  The Board will send you information on how to register for the exam with ASWB. You will be expected to pay ASWB directly for the cost of the clinical exam (currently $260). The exam is provided 5-6 days a week at several locations throughout the State.  Current exam location information and contact information for scheduling your exam date is provided by ASWB upon registration and payment of the exam fee. The costs associated with the exam and exam approval are required for each exam attempt. If you are unsuccessful, you must submit another request to sit for examination and another $40 processing fee in order to receive another exam approval. In addition, you will be required to pay another exam fee to ASWB.

Q.  When do I submit the Short Form application for LCSW? 

A.  You may submit the LCSW Short Form Application along with your final six-month review when you have satisfied all requirements for LCSW license: 2 full years of clinical practice with no less than 3000 hours of documented practice and at least 100 hours of appropriate clinical supervision (no more than 25 hours of group supervision), and you have passed the ASWB Clinical Exam. You will also need to document the required continuing education and include the application fee of one hundred and fifteen ($115) US dollars.  The review process may take a minimum of 21 days upon receipt of a completed Short Form application packet, including all required documents.