NASW Professional Social Work Credentials and Advanced Practice Specialty Credentials
Being a credentialed social worker makes all the difference. Social workers who want recognition for their professional achievements and who want to unlock new career paths come to NASW for their credentials.
NASW Credentialing Center
The NASW Credentialing Center administers NASW Professional Social Work Credentials (membership required) and NASW Advanced Practice Specialty Credentials (available to all qualified social workers). NASW is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious organization granting social work credentials. We have been offering credentials to social workers for more than 50 years and Advanced Practice Specialty Credentials since 2000.
NASW’s Social work credentials are indicative of the profession’s metamorphosis and expansion into multiple specialty practice areas like gerontology, hospice and palliative care, administration, healthcare, case management, youth and family, addictions, etc.
The NASW Credentialing Center is an approved program for MyCAA.
The Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts Program (MyCAA) is an employment assistance program that provides up to $4,000 of financial assistance to eligible military spouses who are pursuing a license, certification or Associateâ€™s degree in a portable career field and occupation. Read the FAQs for Spousesto find out if you are eligible to participate in the MyCAA program. If you are eligible, visit the MyCAA website at https://aiportal.acc.af.mil/mycaa/ and register for an account. If you have additional questions about this program or want to enroll in one of NASWâ€™s Professional Development and Training Center courses, please contact a Military OneSource consultant at 800-342-9647.
WHAT IS A SOCIAL WORK CREDENTIAL?
Beyond the educational degree and professional license, credentials, (in the form of professional certifications) are a voluntary pursuit. Voluntary credentials denote professional commitment and achievement and represent a “license plus” feature of certifying knowledge and experience that meets or exceeds excellence in social work at the national level. Professional social workers agree to a critical review process that includes evaluation of the candidate’s educational preparation, practice experience, and peer review of observable skills and abilities.
WHY OBTAIN A CREDENTIAL?