Michigan Licensed Bachelor’s Social Worker (LBSW) Guide - 2024

AKA: Michigan LBSW License

Social Worker License

by Social Worker License Staff

Updated: February 16th, 2024

Michigan Licensed Bachelor’s Social Worker (LBSW) Licensure Process

The LBSW license is at a higher level than the RSST. LBSWs will perform case management roles, work with groups in communities to develop health solutions, linking clients with resources and solutions.

Below are the categories of requirements for the LBSW license in Michigan.

Educational Requirements

To begin with, you will need a bachelor’s degree in social work from a CSWE-approved institution. Here you can find all schools offering social work degree programs in Michigan.

If you obtained your educational qualifications from outside the United States or Canada, then, complete and attach the credential evaluation form from the CSWE and mail it to bpldata@michigan.gov or the Bureau of Public Licensing, PO Box 30670, Lansing, Michigan.

Experience Requirements

You will need to acquire 4,000 hours of bachelor-level social work practice under the supervision of an LMSW license holder. This experience requirement must come after you have obtained your bachelor’s degree.

Examination Requirements

The Michigan Board of Social Work requires that you take the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Bachelors qualifying examination. The examination comes in electronic testing conducted by Pearson Vue, a testing organization.

You will receive an Authorization to Test (ATT) in your mail if your application is successful. Your ATT contains every detail you need to finish up your examination registration and schedule your examination on the ASWB website. You will also access every resource you require to prepare for your examination.

To register for the examination, follow any of the following steps:

  1. Online: Visit www.aswb.org and click on “Register for the ASWB Exam” to fill out the Registration Form. You can use only credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, Discover) to make payments on this platform.
  2. Mail:  Fill out the Registration Form provided in the Candidate Handbook and post it along with the examination fee to the ASWB Registration Center, P.O. Box 1508, Culpeper, VA 22701. The registration fee is $230.
  3. Fax: Complete the Registration Form provided in the Candidate Handbook and fax it to ASWB at 1-540-829-0142. Pay the registration fee of $230 using your credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Discover).
  4. Telephone: Fill out the Registration Form and call the “Registration Center” on 1-888-579-3926 to register for the examination.

Once you receive notification that you passed the examination, apply to ASWB to send a notice to the board.

Reference Requirements

You must acquire one supervisory reference from an LMSW license holder or their equivalent in another state.

Applying for Licensure as a Licensed Bachelors Social Worker

  1. Register, Login, and Apply online for the LBSW license on the Michigan MiPlus platform.
  2. You must complete a criminal background check. After approving your application, the board will send you an application confirmation letter to guide you on how to complete your criminal background check.
  3. Complete two hours or more of Implicit Bias training in the five years preceding the licensure application. This is a new regulation that will take effect from June 1, 2022.
  4. Complete a course in identifying victims of human trafficking
  5. Get your school to submit a Certificate of Education for Social Service Technician to the board.
  6. Submit a completed Verification of Social Work Experience form, which will bear your supervisor’s attestation that you completed your work experience.
  7. Pay the application fee of $97.20 via a credit or debit card (Mastercard, Visa, or Discover). You will need the following documents to complete your application;
  8. Register and sit for the ASWB Advanced Generalist or Clinical Examination and pay the $230.
  9. Afterward have the ASWB send your result to the board, which will then send your license.

LBSW Licensure By Endorsement

If you have held an LBSW equivalent license with similar or higher qualifications in another state for at least ten years, you can apply for a Michigan LBSW license.

Send a Verification of Licensure form to the Michigan board. This form will state the full nature of your license in that state. Also, you will need to submit the Verification of Social Works Experience Form from your supervisor.

If you have passed the ASWB Bachelor’s qualifying exam in another state, contact the ASWB to send your result to the board.

Email all credentials and the form to bpldata@michigan.gov or the Bureau of Public Licensing, PO Box 30670, Lansing, Michigan.