How long does it take to become a social worker?

By | August 17, 2021

Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) programs generally take four years to complete. If you attend a full-time Master of Social Work (MSW) program, it should take two years. Part-time programs are available for undergrads and graduate students.

Expect these programs to take longer. Students applying to graduate-level social work programs who have a BSW are often eligible for advanced standing.

Advanced standing programs can last as little as one year, allowing you to become a master’s level social worker in five total years.

In some states, you may begin practicing as a social worker immediately after graduation. In other states, you must obtain a social work license before beginning your career as a social worker.

In order to practice as a social worker in South Africa, one needs to register with The South African Council for Social Service Professions (SACSSP).

The SACSSP is a statutory body under which falls the Professional Board for Social Work and the Professional Board for Child and Youth Care Work.

The Council, in conjunction with its Professional Boards, works to protect both the integrity of the social service professionals and the public at large.