Social Worker and Social Worker Associate - Rules in Progress

Rules in Progress

The rules writing process is open to the public. The public is welcome to take part in helping us write rules. Rules are also known as regulations, Washington Administrative Code, or WAC. The rule-making process includes public notices and workshops, and usually a public hearing before a rule becomes final.

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Current rules in progress

LICSW and LASW Fee Increase

State law RCW 43.70.250 requires that the cost of regulating each profession be paid for by that profession’s credential fees. Based on the financial forecast, the department is implementing a fee decrease to bring the profession’s fund balance into the recommended range. The attached cost driver document (PDF) includes proposed fee changes and financial information about your profession, including budget trends, and the financial forecast.

The fee decrease for licensed clinical social workers and advanced social workers is effective June 1, 2023, and the fees will be updated as follows:

Non-Refundable Fee Type Current Fee Amount Fee effective June 1, 2023
Application and initial license $100 $170
Renewal $100 $70

If you have questions about the social worker profession, contact the program manager by email.

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