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GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK. Shelley Schuurman, PhD, LMSW . Social Work Licensing Information Session. Public Health Code P.A. 61 of 2004. Went into effect July 1, 2005 Caused significant changes to the regulations of the social work profession .

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public health code p a 61 of 2004
Public Health Code P.A. 61 of 2004
  • Went into effect July 1, 2005
  • Caused significant changes to the regulations of the social work profession
a national model for social work licensing
A National Model for Social Work Licensing
  • No Exceptions: Everyone must be licensed to practice social work
  • Two designations for MSW – macro & clinical
  • All Direct Practice is Clinical
title provided by the law
Title Provided by the Law
  • Licensed Master’s Social Worker
  • Limited Licensed Master’s Social Worker
  • Licensed Bachelor’s Social Worker
  • Limited Licensed Bachelor’s Social Worker
  • Social Service Technician
  • Limited Social Service Technician
limited license master s social worker
Limited License Master’s Social Worker


  • MSW from a CSWE accredited School of Social Work
  • Must be supervised by a Licensed Master’s Social Worker from their area of practice
  • Limited to a six year period
licensed master s social worker
Licensed Master’s Social Worker


  • 4,000 hours of supervised experience in either clinical or macro practice over a two year period
  • 100 hours of supervision from a Licensed Master’s Social Worker in their area of practice which may be a combination of individual and group (1 hour per week)
  • Verification and recommendation from LMSW supervisor
  • Clinical must pass the Clinical Social Work Exam


  • Macro must pass the Advanced Generalist Exam


licensed master s social worker1
Licensed Master’s Social Worker

Qualifications for Macro & Clinical:

  • One qualifies in one area of practice or the other including passing the test
  • Has additional 2,000 hours of experience under LMSW supervision
  • 50 hours of supervision by a Licensed Master’s Social Worker in that area of practice
  • Additional testing is NOT required
scope of practice for macro social work
Scope of Practice for Macro Social Work
  • Advanced application of macro SW processes & systems to improve the social or health services of communities, groups, or organizations through planned interventions.
  • Includes, but is not limited to, community organizing; program planning and development; administration of community programs; assessment of client needs for community programs; coordination & evaluation of programs; advocacy; analysis & development of social welfare policy; organizational analysis; & provision of training about community needs/problems
scope of practice for clinical social work
Scope of Practice forClinical Social Work
  • Use of assessment, treatment, & intervention methods that utilize a specialized, & formal interaction between a social worker & an individual, couple, family, or group where a professional relationship is established.
  • Includes one or more of the following: advocating for care; protection of the vulnerable; forensic practice; increasing social well-being; education; case management for complex & high risk cases; psychotherapy; community committees; supervision; & administration of clinical programs
  • The assessment, diagnosis or treatment of mental, emotional, or behavior disorders, conditions, addictions, or other bio-psychosocial problems and may include the involvement of the intrapsychic, intrapersonal, or psychosocial dynamics of individuals, couples, families, or groups
limited license bachelor s social work
Limited LicenseBachelor’s Social Work


  • BSW degree from a CSWE accredited School of Social Work
  • Supervision from a Licensed Master’s Social Worker
  • Limited to a 6 year period
licensed bachelor s social worker
Licensed Bachelor’s Social Worker


  • 4,000 hours of supervised experience over a two year period
  • 100 hours of supervision by a Licensed Master’s Social Worker which may be a combination of individual and group (1 hour per week)
  • Verification and recommendation from LMSW supervisor
  • Pass the Bachelor’s Examination (ASWB)
license bachelor s social work scope of practice
License Bachelor’s Social Work Scope of Practice
  • Social casework, assessment, planning, and interventions with individuals, couples, families, or groups, to enhance or restore the capacity for social functioning and developing solutions for interpersonal or community problems
  • Case management of health and human services
  • Information about and referral of individuals to resources
  • Planning and collaboration with communities, organizations, or groups to improve their social or health services
  • Establishing a professional helping relationship with an Individual, couple, family, or group to assist them in accessing services, solving problems, and making decisions about personal, health, social, educational, vocational, financial, and other concerns
scope of practice grid
Scope of Practice Grid

The grid clearly delineates which Social Work task or function is typically performed at the different levels of Social Work Licensure See last page of Hand out

Note the distinctions made between Clinical and Macro practice at the MSW level


application process
Application Process
  • The application packet and additional information about licensure can be found at the State of Michigan Department of Community Health’s web site at:,1607,7-132-27417_27529_27554---,00.html

  • The packet contains many forms, however to apply for a LLBSW or a LLMSW you only need to be concerned with the Application Form (2 pgs) and the Certification of Social Work Form (2 pgs) and the Criminal Background Check and Fingerprint Request Forms
overview of the process
Overview of the Process


1. Application

4. Fingerprinting & Criminal Background Check

5. Certification of Education

6. You will be sent a letter that says you’re eligible to take the Exam

criminal background check fingerprint scan
Criminal Background CheckFingerprint Scan
  • 1.Complete the Form
  • 2./ 3. Schedule an Appointment
  • 4. You must bring:

Completed Form

Driver’s License

Money Order $62.75

application form
Application Form
  • Be sure to check LimitedBSW or MSW License
  • MSW must check Macro or Clinical
  • Note Questions 1-8 to which you must check

Yes or No and include an explanation for any

answer checked Yes

  • You must be absolutely honest
certification of social work education form
Certification of Social Work Education Form
  • You complete Section One and then give it along with Section Two to your schools Program Director and/or the Registrar

(At GVSU, you give it to Esther Visser)

  • Section Two needs to be completed by a school official and they must send in this form along with a copy of your transcript.
supervision verification form
Supervision Verification Form
  • Once you begin employment, this is the form your Supervisor will use to verify your completed hours of supervision
  • LLBSW AND LLMSW must be supervised by a LMSW
continuing education requirements
Continuing Education Requirements
  • You DO NOT have to earn Continuing Education Credits while you are a LLBSW or LLMSW and working toward full licensure
  • You certainly can attend trainings but you don’t have to pay the extra cost for CEU’s 
the exam

After you have mailed in the Application Form and the School of Social Work has mailed in the Certification of SW Ed form, (within 4-6 weeks) you will receive your Limited License and a letter informing you that you are eligible to take the Licensure Exam and need to register at ASWB in order to do so.

when should i take the exam
When should I take the Exam?
  • You can take the exam anytime after you receive your Limited License and have registered
  • The current cost of the exam is $175.00
  • A passing score is 75
  • If you don’t pass the first time you can retake the exam.
where do i take the exam
Where do I take the exam?
  • Licensure exams for Health Professions take place within ACT testing sites
  • Exams are given year round
  • Multiple versions of the test are given throughout the year and at any given site
a ssociation of s ocial w ork b oards
AssociationofSocial Work Boards

Lots of great information


Candidate Handbook

how do i prepare for the exam
How do I prepare for the exam?
  • Review material from course work
  • Review skills from practice
  • Form a study group
exam web resources
Exam Web Resources
  • Association of Social Work Board
  • Study Guides are $30
  • Good information on test taking strategies and a practice test
  • No study material on content areas
exam web resources1
Exam Web Resources
  • Social Work Examination Services

  • Click on “Home Study Program”
  • Master level Study Guide is $195.00
  • Bachelor level Study Guide is $130.00
  • Comprehensive material on each content area and several practice exams
thank you time for questions
Thank you Time for Questions

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