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Volunteers Needed for ASWB Practice Analysis Task Force

The BOSW MOVED to Saint Paul! Effective September 1  Building is now open to the public. Materials can be dropped at security desk in lobby. Staff remains on hybrid schedule.

3 Professional Licensed Board Member Vacancies January 2022

Board Member Qualifications
  • 2 Licensed Social Worker (LSW)
  • 1 Licensed Graduate Social Worker (LGSW) OR Licensed Independent Social Worker (LISW)
    OR Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW)

Coming in 2022: "Know Your Licensing Law" Online Learning Module

BOSW CE & Supervision Variances Extended to September 1, 2022

Changes to continuing education (CE) provisions impacting the BOSW and licensees

Log in to the Board's online services to apply for licensure and check application status, renew a license, submit Supervision Plan and Verification, attest as licensing supervisor, and update contact information.

Verify a social work license and view public adverse actions using the Board's online license search.

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New Social Work Legislation Effective August 1, 2020


BOSW Response to COVID-19:  The Board recognizes the gravity and impact of COVID-19 and as a state agency is taking direction and following guidance from Governor Walz, the MN Department of Health (MDH) and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). There will be delays in response times as inquiries have increased and staff are teleworking with limited capacity to return phone calls due to the COVID-19 situation. We appreciate your patience and continued ethical responses to help ensure the safety of the clients and communities we serve during this extremely challenging time! For improved customer service, social distancing, and greater efficiency, please use the BOSW online services and email instead of phone or in-person contact at the Board’s office.


Association of Social Work Boards

ASWB Seeking Qualified Social Workers to Write Questions for the Licensing Exam

ASWB videos explaining Exam question process (scroll down to videos)

Video for ASWB Exam Candidates - Steps for Taking the ASWB Exam

ASWB Exam Candidate Handbook

ASWB Social Work Practice Mobility Initiatives


Loan Forgiveness Program for Mental Health Professionals

The Office of Rural Health and Primary Care (ORPHC), Minnesota Department of Health, administers the program funded by the State of Minnesota authorizing the health professional loan forgiveness in both rural program and urban program areas. 


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