Continuing Education Requirements
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Every "licensed" Michigan Social Worker is required to obtain 45 continuing education contact hours every three years. Your three year cycle is determined by your license expiration date. If you do not know what your license expiration date is, you should contact the Michigan Department of Community Health.
Out of the 45 required CE hours, five of those hours must be obtained from taking an "approved" Social Work Ethics course.
One hour must obtained from taking an "approved" course on pain/pain symptom management.
Every "licensed" Michigan Social Worker can earn up to 10 hours of "approved" online learning every three years.
Not all courses advertised as social work courses are acceptable for your continuing education hours. Only courses approved by one of the following organizations are recognized as "approved" courses for Michigan Social Workers:
Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative- MICEC
Association of Social Work Boards - ASWB
Approved Continuing Education - ACE
Other states' Board of Social Work
If you take a course that is not approved by one of the organizations listed above then those hours will not count toward your required 45 CE Hours.
NASW is not a recognized, approving organization for Michigan social work continuing education.
“The Michigan Social Work Continuing Education Collaborative recommends that in order to improve their skills and obtain knowledge, social workers should obtain their CE hours from a variety of methods and sources. The Licensing Board is currently reviewing the law to determine how home study will be defined and incorporated in future licensing requirements.”