Professional Development

Social Work Continuing Education Clock Hours

Continuing education requirements for the State of Michigan

  • 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.
  • 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, and 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.
  • All Michigan licensed social workers are responsible for tracking their continuing education hours and for maintaining the documentation records of those hours. Although CE approved providers are tracking attendance, you are responsible for maintaining your own continuing education hours!

Page last modified November 10, 2008