How to Become a Social Worker in Vermont
Vermont Social Work License Requirements
Vermont offers a single type of license for social workers:
Once you have earned the proper degrees, you can then apply for Vermont social work licensure. Before you can obtain this licensure, you must also pass a difficult licensing examination and complete a few thousand hours of supervised work experience. For more information, interested parties should check out the website of the Vermont Board of Social Work Examiners.
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Learn more about social work degrees in Vermont.
The Vermont Office of Professional Regulation requires that all Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) applicants hold a minimum of a Master’s degree in social work (MSW). Once you earn this degree, you can then get started completing the rest of the Vermont social work licensure requirements. The degree must come from a school accredited by the Council on Social Work Education. Students should use the list of accredited undergraduate and graduate social work degree programs that is available on the CSWE website.
Start working toward completing the necessary work experience requirements. In Vermont, you are required to complete 3,000 hours of supervised experience over a period of two years, with one hour of every 40 hours being practice hours. Keep in mind that you are only allowed to log a maximum of 1,500 hours during each year. Half of this experience must be spent with individuals and half must be spent with groups.
For more information on supervised work experience arrangements and for approval of such arrangements, you should contact the Vermont Office of Professional Regulation.
Once you’ve completed the required work experience, apply for Vermont social work licensure. You can do this by downloading the application from the Vermont Office of Professional Regulation website. The application must be filled out in its entirety and be accompanied by required supporting documentation and necessary application fees.
After your application has been reviewed, you will be notified of your eligibility to sit for the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) licensing examination.
Social Worker Career Outlook in Vermont
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics has collected employment and wage data from Vermont employers in all different industries, including social work. As of May 2014, Vermont was home to less than 3,000 professional social workers. According to the BLS, there were 1,350 family, child and school social workers employed in Vermont, 390 healthcare social workers and 630 substance abuse social workers. The average annual salary ranged from $40,860 for substance abuse social workers to $63,030 for healthcare social workers. For more information on the occupational employment data and wage estimates, please visit Vermont’s Occupational Employment Statistics page with the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The Vermont chapter of the National Association of Social Workers has a career center that aspiring social workers should check out as well.
The Importance of CSWE Accreditation
The State of Alaska’s licensure board does not specifically require accreditation in order for a degree program to be board-approved, but accreditation from organizations like the Council of Social Work Accreditation can improve the overall quality of the coursework given.
The Council of Social Work Accreditation develops rigorous accreditation standards, and it also administers a multi-step accreditation process to eligible postsecondary and graduate-level degree programs. Most U.S. states require licensees to attend a CSWE-accredited program in order to obtain initial licensing or for license-holders from other states to transfer their credentials. This requirement ensures that graduates are prepared with both the knowledge and capacity for critical thinking that is necessary to successfully practice professional Social Work.
Persons without a CSWE-accredited degree could potentially apply with their respective state board for an exemption. However, the majority of exemptions are typically granted to individuals already licensed to practice other related disciplines like medicine or psychology.