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Social Work Students

The Board recommends that students currently enrolled in a social work degree program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) apply for a permanent license six months before graduation for the best application process.

  • Applying for a license before graduation gives students the option to take the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) exam, upon Board approval, before graduating, and complete the licensing process more quickly after completing their degree
  • Under Minnesota Statutes section 148E.055 and ASWB Exam Policy, students cannot take the exam more than six months before completing social work degree requirements

Apply for a License

Review permanent license and application requirements:

Students who have passed the ASWB exam and submitted fingerprints for the criminal background check (CBC) may also be eligible to apply for a temporary license upon completion of degree requirements.

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