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• Michigan Board of Social Work Welcome to the Michigan Board of Social Work website! Our goal is to provide up-to-date information on various topics related to the practice of social work in Michigan. We hope you find this information helpful and invite you to check out our website often.


Licensing Applications and Forms

• Bachelor's Social Worker by Endorsement Application PDF icon

• Bachelor's Social Worker by Examination Application PDF icon

• Data Change/Duplicate License Request Form PDF icon

• Disciplinary Limited License Reclassification Application Packet PDF icon

• Master's Social Worker by Endorsement Application PDF icon

• Master's Social Worker License Application packet PDF icon

• Social Service Technician Application PDF icon

• Social Worker Relicensure Application Packet PDF icon

• Suspended/Revoked License Reinstatement Application Packet PDF icon


Licensing Information

• All Social Work licensure/registration requirements can be found under the specific profession's application packet.

• Explanation of Continuing Education Requirements

• How To File A Complaint

• Social Work CE Requirements PDF icon

• Social Work Grid for Scope of Practice PDF icon

• Social Work Practice Changes Due to Licensure PDF icon


Board Information

• Social Work 2015 Board Meetings PDF icon

• Administrative Rules for Health Boards

• Michigan Board of Social Work Members

• Public Health Code - Social Work Section

• Social Work 2014 Board Meetings PDF icon

• Social Work Board Meeting Agendas and Minutes

• Social Work Licensure Law Letter - August 1, 2008 PDF icon

• Social Work PowerPoint Presentation - December 2008 PDF icon


Frequently Asked Questions

• How do I verify my Michigan license to another state?

• How long are the Social Service Technician registrations issued for? Can I renew my registration early? How will I know when I need to renew?

• I don't have a degree in Social Work. Am I still eligible for registration or licensure?

• Veteran BSW FAQ - What if my employer asks me to do tasks that are legally outside of my scope of practice?

• Veteran BSW FAQ - When I was a registered social worker, I was trained to do a specific behavioral therapy technique with my clients. Someone told me I could not offer that therapy any more under the new licensing laws. Is that correct?

• Veteran BSW FAQ - Why can't I do the same things with my license as a bachelor's social worker as I did before when I was not even registered?

• Veteran BSW FAQ - I do intake interviews and then I provide a diagnosis of the client that is used to determine what treatment the client will be offered. Is that within the scope of a bachelor's social worker?

• Veteran BSW FAQ - As a social worker, I used to lead group therapy sessions. Can I still do that under my bachelor's social work license?

• How long are the Social Worker licenses issued for? Can I renew my license early? How will I know when I need to renew?

• How many continuing education hours are required to renew my license? Are there any special requirements?

• My supervisor is not a social worker. How can I earn experience towards my license?

• When I am advertising my professional services, how do I indicate my license?

• Can any LMSW supervise any LLMSW?

• I have just received my limited license master's social worker (LLMSW). What supervision must I have?

• I am a social service technician. Am I required to complete continuing education?

• I have an LLBSW or LLMSW. Am I required to complete continuing education?

• How will the State know how many continuing education credits I have earned?

• How can I determine what tasks or functions I can do with my license or registration?

• Can CE be earned in any way other than attending seminars?

• What continuing education courses are acceptable for license renewal?

• Who needs continuing education?

• I need to verify whether someone has a license. How can I do that?

• If I have been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor, will this stop me from obtaining a Michigan license?

• How can I change my name or address?

• What happens if my license or registration expires?

• How long will you keep my licensure application on file?

• The application asks for the state(s) I have been licensed in and asks for the basis of licensure. What does that mean? What if I'm licensed in more than one state? Do you need verification from all states I have ever held a license in?

• What is the purpose of the different types of applications?

• How long does it take for your office to receive my correspondence?

• How long does it take to process my application?

• Is everything in my file complete? How can I find out what is missing?

• Can I get a list of what would be considered acceptable continuing education?

• Is anyone who does social work type activities exempt from licensure?

• How does the new legislation impact me as a social work technician?

• I currently am a registered social worker or certified social worker. What do I have to do to get my license?

• I was certified by the ACSW. Can that be used as documentation for the master's social worker license?

• Will there be an increase in the fee for renewal?

• What registrations/licenses are available?

• The work experience hours I obtained were out-of-state, but were under the supervision of an MSW. Will those hours count?

• My renewal date is coming up soon. I know that the license/registration will be valid until the expiration date after I renew. Since I will be moving next year, I only want to renew it for 1 year. Can I do that?




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