2012 LICENSING EXEMPTION CHANGES: Changes to the current social work licensing exemptions
apply only to: 1) Minnesota city
agencies, 2) Minnesota state agencies, and 3) Minnesota private nonprofit agencies
whose primary service focus addresses ethnic minority populations. There are no
changes to Minnesota county agency exemptions or tribal agency exemptions.
Changes for these agencies take full effect July 1, 2016.
CHANGE FOR TRIBAL AGENCY EMPLOYEES: Effective August 1, 2013 through December 31,
2014, tribal agency social workers are eligible to apply for licensure through
the grandfathering licensing option.
There is no change to the current licensing exemption for these
individuals, licensure of social
workers who are employed by federally recognized tribes remains voluntary and
is not required by Minnesota State law.
GRANDFATHERING PROVISION: Grandfathering begins January 1, 2013 and ends December 31,
2014. Applications for eligible tribal agency employees will be available
beginning August 1, 2013. Minnesota
county agency employees do not qualify for grandfathering as no changes
were made to that exemption. An applicant must be currently employed
in one of the following Minnesota agencies between January 1, 2013 and December
31, 2014; tribal agency applicants between August 1, 2013 and December 31, 2014:
- Minnesota city agency
- Minnesota state agency (including the University of
Minnesota and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MNSCU), or,
- Minnesota private nonprofit or tribal agency whose
primary service focus addresses ethnic minority populations, and the
applicant must be a member of an ethnic minority population within
those agencies, previously exempt from licensure under Minnesota Statutes
2010, section 148D.065,
subdivision 5, and section 148E.065,
- Persons currently licensed during an earlier
grandfathering period, without an MSW degree, may be eligible to apply for
the LICSW license.
Read the details in
Statute [148E.0555, 148E.0556, and 148E.0557]
- Read more about the 2013-2014
grandfathering provision, ending December 31, 2014 [Grandfathering