Michigan Licensed Masters Social Worker (LMSW) Guide - 2023
AKA: Michigan LMSW License
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The LMSW license is the ultimate social works license in Michigan. As an LMSW, you will perform more delicate case management, advocacy, mediation, helping to run human services organizations, research, activism, and policy formulation.
There are two branches of LMSW practice in Michigan. They are:
You can obtain licenses for both branches one before the other. Supervised experience roles are the only difference in requirements for both branches.
Below are the categories of requirements for the LMSW license in Michigan.
You will need to complete a Master’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, complete and attach the credential evaluation form from the CSWE and mail it to firstname.lastname@example.org or the Bureau of Public Licensing, PO Box 30670, Lansing, Michigan.
You will need to acquire 4,000 hours of bachelor-level social work practice under the supervision of an LMSW holder. This experience requirement must come after you have obtained your bachelor’s degree and must be relevant to your branch of choice.
The board requires that you take the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Advanced Generalist or Clinical qualifying examination. The examination comes in electronic testing conducted by Pearson Vue, a testing organization.
Afterward completion, the ASWB will send an Authorization to Test (ATT) to 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:
Once you receive notification that you passed the examination, apply to ASWB to send a notice to the board.
You will need to acquire one supervisory reference from an LMSW license holder or their equivalent in another state.
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.
Also, submit the Verification of Social Works Experience Form from your supervisor.
If you have passed the ASWB Advanced Generalist or Clinical qualifying exam in another state, contact the ASWB to send your result to the board.
Email all credentials and the form to email@example.com or the Bureau of Public Licensing, PO Box 30670, Lansing, Michigan.