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Certification & Licensure

Position Statement on Certification Standards for School Social Workerslicensed certified

by the New York State School Social Workers’ Association

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Certification Requirements

In order to be a School Social Worker in a NYS Public School setting you will need to obtain a provisional certificate as a School Social Worker. When visiting the New York State Department of Education website school social workers information can be found under the Pupil Personnel Services designation. After 2 years of service you will be eligible to apply for a permanent certificate. Each of these certificates has a list of requirements which we offer access to through the links below.

Please note: As a requirement of the certification process you must obtain a Licensed Master Social Worker license. See below.

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New York State offers 3 forms of social work licensure:

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Certification:  Contact NYSED at

Licensure:  Contact the Office of the Professions, Division of Professional Licensing Services:

Please provide your name, the last 4 digits of your social security number, date of birth, and the name of the profession in any correspondence.


Practice Alerts and Guidelines from NYSED Office of the Professions for Social Workers

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