Human Services Guide
Michigan

Social Work Licensure in Michigan

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Michigan is bordered by the majestic Great Lakes and is home to the capital of American automobile industry. The state that saw the birth of the Motown music phenomena, Michigan has a rich culture and history unlike any other. Michigan is a great state to start your licensed Social Work career in. It is important to remember that there can always be updates or changes to a state’s rules and regulations. Remember, that the best way to stay informed with current regulations is the state’s website on licensure. Here is the website for the State of Michigan:

There are two different kinds of social work licenses in Michigan: Licensed Bachelor Social Worker (LBSW) and Licensed Master Social Worker.

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Licensed Bachelor Social Worker (LBSW)

  • If you wish to attain the title Licensed Bachelor Social Worker (LBSW) in Michigan, you must first attain a Bachelor of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education accredited university or college.
  • You will need to submit fingerprints and undergo a criminal background check. In addition, you must provide verification of 4,000 hours over the course of two years, of supervised experience in Social Work.
  • Finally, you must pass the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Bachelor’s Level Exam.
  • To renew your license, you must have successfully completed 45 contact hours of continuing education.

Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)

  • If you wish to attain the title Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in Michigan, you must first get a Master of Social Work degree from a Council on Social Work Education accredited university or college.
  • You will need to submit fingerprints and undergo a criminal background check. In addition, you must provide verification of 4,000 hours over the course of two years, of supervised experience in Social Work. These hours must be under the supervision of an LMSW.
  • You must also specify which kind of licensure you will want. You can choose to have the Macro designation, which requires you to take and pass the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Advanced Generalist exam.
  • You may also choose the clinical designation which requires you to take and pass the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Clinical exam.
  • You will also need an additional 2,000 hours over the course of one year, of post-graduate Social Work in a professional setting within the designated specialty. Of the 2,000 hours required, 50 hours must be of supervisory review.
  • By following the above steps you will be able to hold the title of Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) in Michigan.
  • To renew your license, you must have successfully completed 45 contact hours of continuing education.
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