Texas licensing is administered by the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners. Three separate licenses are granted: Licensed Baccalaureate Social Worker (LBSW), Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), and Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW).
The licensing process follows a course generally shared by all states: get your degree, meet requirements, apply, pass an exam, get licensed. With the three separate licenses granted in Texas, this basic path can be a little more complicated than other places. Are you upgrading from a LBSW to an LMSW? From an LMSW to an LCSW? There are specific pages on the state board's site addressing each of these avenues (see the dropdown menu on the sidebar).
A key component unchanged regardless of the path you are taking is getting through the exam. Like the rest of the country, Texas uses the national ASWB exam (details at ASWB.org). It's a four-hour, 170-question behemoth. Texas requires a score of 70% or better to pass (some states require higher).
How do you get that magic 70% score? That also takes a course that's standard from state-to-state and from exam-to-exam. Learn the basics, manage anxiety, and practice. Taking practice exams like those offered at SWTP is an established way to get in the exam mindset, learn content, and arrive at the big test calm, rested, and ready.
Good luck, Lone Star Social Workers!
Please note: Specifics about licensing can change. Unsure about something? Check with the board.