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NY LCSW (NYSED) Licensure FAQs

Below are answers to FAQs related to seeking licensure as an Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New York.  TrackYourHours applies to NYSED rules to your hours as you log them and alerts you whenever there is a potential issue.  TrackYourHours also assists you with completing the state required forms that document your supervised experience.

How many hours of experience do I need to complete for LCSW licensure in New York?

You must complete a minimum of 2,000 client contact hours.  All client contact hours in diagnosis, psychotherapy and assessment-based treatment planning may be counted toward licensure, if appropriately supervised.  You may not claim hours of experience that do not involve direct client contact.

What are the supervision requirements?

The supervision must consist of 100 or more hours of in-person individual or group clinical supervision distributed over the period of the supervised experience.

Who is qualified to supervise my hours of experience?

A psychiatrist, licensed psychologist, a licensed clinical social worker who is satisfactory to the department, may supervisor experience hours for licensure.

Are there any minimum or maximum time limits on my hours of experience? 

Experience hours must be over the course of three calendar years (minimum), but not to exceed six calendar years (maximum).

What forms must be submitted to seek licensure?

When submitting your application for licensure you must submit documentation of your supervised experience on the following forms:

  • Clinical supervision verification
  • Form  4 – Applicant Experience Record
  • Form 4B – Certification of Experience for Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Learn More about how TrackYourHours can assist you in tracking your hours for licensure as an LCSW in New York.

Extension to waiver for face-to-face supervision

The BBS order waiving face-to-face training and supervision requirements that was originally set to expire on July 5, 2020 has been extended through September 3, 2020.  Read the BBS announcement.  What does this mean?  Regardless of the type of setting that you are working in (including private practices), you may gain your required weekly direct supervisor contact via two-way, real-time videoconferencing.

Waiver to extend examination eligibility

The BBS has issued a wavier extending examination eligibility for marriage and family therapist (LMFT), clinical social worker (LCSW) and professional clinical counselor (LPCC) applicants that failed the clinical examination, and whose one-year eligibility to re-take the examination expired between March 31, 2020 and July 1, 2020.  This waiver allows 18 months instead of 12 months to retake the examination.  The 18-month starts on the date the notification of failure of the exam was issued.  Read the notice issued by the BBS.

Law & Ethics Exam Waiver for Subsequent Associate Registration

The BBS has granted a waiver for the requirement that associates (associate marriage and family therapists, associate clinical social workers, and associate professional clinical counselors) must pass the California law and ethics examination before a subsequent registration number is issued.  The waiver applies to all associates who are in their last year of renewal, if that renewal expires between March 31, 2020 and June 30, 2020.

A link to the text of the wavier can be found here.