All public and private caseload carrying child welfare staff, as well as those with specialized and supportive positions to CPS, foster care and adoption, must complete 32 hours of in-service training each fiscal year. Examples of supportive positions included in this requirement are: licensing workers, peer coaches, child welfare financial specialists, health liaison officers, educational planners, MYOI, juvenile justice specialists, Centralized Intake, and child welfare staff that are designated as MiSACWIS Local Office Experts. In addition, all first line supervisors who manage the staff described above must complete 16 hours of in-service training each fiscal year.
There are courses offered free of charge for department employees and contracted private agency child welfare staff on a first come, first serve basis. These trainings are hosted by the eight Michigan schools of social work with MSW programs. These courses are chosen to address trends in child welfare and build competency around the skills needed to be a successful caseworker. They are offered throughout the state and led by university professors, and other trainers who are experts in their fields. In addition to classroom training, there are also new online training opportunities being offered through the year.