NASW Professional Social Work Credentials and Advanced Practice Specialty Credentials

Click on the individual credential below for more information on the requirements and to download an application.

NASW Specialty Credentials are open to all qualified and licensed social workers. The ACSW and DCSW credentials are limited to members-only and the DCSW requires licensure. An ACSW credential is available for social worker leaders in all practice areas.

Professional Social Work Credentials (NASW Membership Required)
LEADERSHIP Required Degree
Academy of Certified Social Workers (ACSW) MSW
Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (DCSW) MSW
Advanced Practice Specialty Credentials (Available to All Qualified Social Workers)
MILITARY
Military Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families—Social Worker (MVF-SW) BSW
Military Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families—Advanced Social Worker (MVF-ASW) MSW
Military Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families—Clinical Social Worker (MVF-CSW) MSW
CLINICAL
Qualified Clinical Social Worker (QCSW) MSW
Clinical Social Worker in Gerontology (CSW-G)   MSW
Certified Clinical Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Social Worker (C-CATODSW) MSW
GERONTOLOGY
Clinical Social Worker in Gerontology (CSW-G)   MSW
Social Worker in Gerontology (SW-G)   BSW
Advanced Social Worker in Gerontology (ASW-G) MSW
HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE
Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Social Worker (ACHP-SW) MSW
Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Social Worker (CHP-SW) BSW
YOUTH AND FAMILY
Certified Advanced Children, Youth, and Family Social Worker (C-ACYFSW) MSW
Certified Children, Youth, and Family Social Worker (C-CYFSW) BSW
HEALTHCARE
Certified Social Worker in Health Care (C-SWHC) MSW
ADDICTIONS
Certified Clinical Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Social Worker (C-CATODSW) MSW
CASE MANAGEMENT
Certified Advanced Social Work Case Manager (C-ASWCM) MSW
Certified Social Work Case Manager (C-SWCM) BSW
EDUCATION
Certified School Social Work Specialist (C-SSWS) MSW

Renewal for the ACSW is every year and the QCSW is every two years.  Renewal for Specialty Credentials is every two years.  Renewal packets are sent prior to the expiration of the credential/certification.

NASW Credentialing Center
More than 50 years of experience developing credentials and certifications for social workers

 

http://www.socialworkers.org/credentials/list.asp
12/19/2014
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