Effective July 1, 2006, all social workers in the state of Michigan are required to be licensed.  All licensing applicants must have a degree in social work (B.S.W. or M.S.W.) from an accredited institution to be eligible to apply for the license.

Social Work Examination Service (SWES) Licensing Exam Preparation workbooks are now on sale at the WSU Barnes and Noble Bookstore. Licensing books contain: 1600 practice questions, 5 practice exams and a book of review content to help prepare social work students for the LMSW clinical exam.

New practitioners apply for the Limited License (LLBSW or LLMSW)

Download application packet online at

1. You must complete and submit the application for licensure with the appropriate fee, as well as arrange for supporting documents to be sent to the Board of Social Work.

2. Applicants for the social work licensure in Michigan are required to undergo a Criminal Background Check (CBC) and provide evidence of fingerprint processing from an authorized agency. You should make contact with an approved agency within 7-10 days after application submission. Additional documentation is included in the application packet offering detailed instruction on the CBC and fingerprinting process.

3. Arrange for your degree posted official transcripts to be sent to the Michigan Board directly from your school. The transcript must include the date your social work degree was conferred. To request WSU transcripts, visit the website for further details at

Requirements to apply for full licensure (LBSW or LMSW)

To be completed within seven years, under the LLBSW or LLMSW, supervised experience (4000 clock hours) and successful completion of exam is required in order to be eligible to apply for the full licenses.  You cannot apply for the full license in less than a two year period with the limited licenses.


Specific requirements for the supervised work experience are included on the Supervisor's Verification of Social Work Experience form at

Licensure Exam

Once your limited license is issued, you will need to complete the minimum 4000 hours of supervised experience in order to be eligible to take the licensing examination that is required for a social worker license. Information will be sent to ASWB indicating your exam eligibility. Information about the exam, including the ASWB Candidate Handbook, is available at  After you have registered with ASWB for the exam, you will receive an Authorization to Test and instructions about how to schedule your exam. The exams are administered in a computerized format in over 150 test centers across the United States. You must take the examination within one year from the date you receive your Authorization to Test.

Are you thinking about taking a MI social work licensure exam? Jumpstart your prep with the Licensure Exam Institute presented by @NASWMI right here at Wayne State! Sunday, August 4th from 9 am - 4 pm in McGregor.

Practice Exam

A social work licensing practice exam is available in the School of Social Work, 5447 Woodward Ave. WSU alumni & students interested in taking this practice exam must complete the below form to set up an appointment time. The practice exam can take up to four hours to complete. This practice exam is for use in the Social Work building only and cannot be checked out of the building.  MUST show ONECARD. 

The Practice exam lab hours will be Monday, Wednesday, and Friday starting at 11:30AM.  

Please reserve your space by submitting this formAfter filling out the form you will receive a phone call to set up an appointment, filling out the form is not the same as having an appointment, after you fill out the form you must wait for a phone call. You can expect to receive a phone call in 1-2 business days.

Also, our Barnes and Noble Bookstore has the SWES Licensing exam prep books for sale below

Spiral Bound,Paperback  

Continuing Education for Social Workers

The State of Michigan requires fully licensed social workers to complete 45 hours of continuing professional education every three years.  This must include five hours of Ethics, 2 hours of Pain and Pain Symptom Management and completion of Humman Trafficking training.    

Questions regarding your professional license may be directed to the
Department of  Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
(517) 335-0918