In the state of Wisconsin people with a Bachelor’s of Social Work (BSW) or a Master of Social Work (MSW) are able to pursue certification and/or licensure. While certification/licensure is not a requirement for certain types of jobs, it is required for any positions titled ‘Social Worker’ and to refer to yourself as a Social Worker in professional settings. This page is intended to provide you with the information about how to pursue each type of certification and/or licensure available in the state. Students interested in pursuing licensure in Minnesota should refer to the Minnesota Licensure Requirement tab (coming soon).
- Certified Social Worker (CSW)
- Advanced Practice Social Worker (APSW)
- Certified Independent Social Worker
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker
- School Social Worker
- Substance Abuse Counselor In-Training (SAC-IT)
To be licensed as a Substance Abuse Counselor – In Training (SAC-IT) in the state of Wisconsin you must have completed 100 hours of substance use disorder specialized education, be currently employed, or have an offer of employment, internship/practicum, or an agreement authorizing volunteer hours at an agency providing substance use disorder treatment, successfully pass the jurisprudence examination, complete the application and pay the fee. For students who have pending criminal charges or have been convicted of a crime, all related information necessary for the department to determine whether the circumstances of the pending criminal charge or conviction are substantially related to the practice of substance abuse counseling should be included using the necessary form.
How to Apply
Follow the steps below to learn more about becoming a Substance Abuse Counselor – In Training (SAC-IT) in the state of Wisconsin:
- Complete the Application for Substance Abuse Counselor In-Training (Form #2743), the Employment Verification (Form #2770), the Completion of 100 Hours of Specialized Education (Form #2832), Conviction and Pending Charges (Form #2252, if applicable) and the Malpractice Suits and Claims (Form #2829, if applicable).
- Once your completed application is received and processed at DSPS, you will be assigned a test name, password, instructor name, and a six digit ID. You will need this to take the Wisconsin State Law Jurisprudence “Open Book” Exam and check the status of your application online. Please view your on-line application status query page to obtain this information.
- Take and successfully pass the Wisconsin State Law Jurisprudence “Open Book” Exam, an open book examination relating to the practice of social workers.
- Complete and submit the Fax Payment Form (3071) along with the other application forms listed above by fax to (608) 251-3036. Fees paid by credit card.
- For all credit and debit card transactions, a 2% convenience fee will be assessed and will appear as a separate charge on your statement. This fee is non-refundable. Allow 7-10 business days for processing.
- Substance Abuse Counselor In-Training (SAC-IT) FAQs (coming soon)
- State of Wisconsin’s Department of Safety and Professional Services website
- The Wisconsin Statutes and Administrative Rules
- A Guide to Completing the 2832 Form (i.e. 100 Hours of Education)