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ATTENTION!:  Scheduled Maintenance for Online Services

All Online Services for the Board of Social Work, including online renewals, will be unavailable between 4:00 pm Thursday, July 27, 2017 and 10:00 am Friday, July 28, 2017 for scheduled maintenance.  Please plan accordingly!


BOSW Fingerprint-Based Criminal Background Check Coming September 2017

Changes to Criminal Background Checks


Governor Mark Dayton Appoints Members to Board of Social Work

The Governor's Office announced Board Member appointments on June 13, 2017.  All terms are effective June 18, 2017 and end January 4, 2021. Board Member Appointment Announcement


Association of Social Work Boards 

ASWB Releases New Blueprints for 2018 Examination Changes

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.  For more information and submit an application see the ORHPC website:


Licensing Transition Period Exception for Grandfathered Licensees  

The 2013-2014 grandfathering law provides a time-limited period, ending December 31, 2017, for licensees who obtained a LGSW or LISW license during a grandfathering period, and do not hold an MSW degree accredited by CSWE, to apply for either the LISW or the LICSW license, provided they meet all other license requirements.  Read the Boards Statute for details Statute 148E.0557
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