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General FAQs

The development of credentials was identified as a key focus in the AASW’s Strategic Plan 2018 – 2021. Expanding our credentialing program builds on the promotion and advocacy for the profession of social work and AASW members. Credentials uphold the standards for regulation of the profession, social justice and builds the professional capacity of our members.

Members who are accredited gain recognition for specialised social work practice in a range of areas. The credential assures clients and their families, the Australian community, employers and funding bodies that accredited social workers have acquired a distinguished level of expertise in their field of practice and are committed to their ongoing professional development.

The fees vary for the different credentials. You can view the full schedule of fees here.

The Association is continually investing in the credentials program for members who obtain a credential. Investment has already been made in the following areas:

Focused Professional Development

The AASW has a dedicated Continuing Professional Development team who are creating new training content focused on the credentials. Some of this training is already accessible to credentialed members and can be viewed in the professional development section of the AASW web site.

Access to a community of other credentialed members

The AASW has recently launched the AASW Online Community Hub, known as Social Work Australia. All members are encouraged to join the hub and the specific groups in the same areas of interest as the credentials program.

The Hub will facilitate connection, community and collaboration amongst credentialed members in their area of specialty, enriching the skills and knowledge of members of the group.

Promoting credentialed members to the sector

The AASW has worked with and will continue to promote the credentials to the wider sector, including with major employers such as government departments, hospitals, the NDIS and private health insurers to create career opportunities for credentialed members.

Yes, social workers who meet the eligibility criteria for multiple AASW credentials are encouraged to apply for each that will benefit your work.

The AASW have worked closely with national Expert Advisory Groups to develop the Capability Frameworks. Members of the expert advisory group were experienced social workers engaged in public, government, non-government and academic capacities. Consultation was conducted with members and external stakeholders.

It is important that your capability assessment has the appropriate rigour so that clients, carers, the community, employers and other professions can confidently place trust in the credentialing process and credential holder.

Therefore, as part of the application process you will be required to complete a case study-based assessment to demonstrate your breadth of applied knowledge. This will be conducted at a date and time of your choosing which can be during working hours or on the weekend/outside of normal work hours.

You will need to nominate an invigilator who can observe you for the duration of the exam. Your invigilator cannot be a family member, spouse/partner or a direct report.

You may use a supervisor or manager in your workplace, a colleague outside your team, a Justice of the Peace (JP), or anybody who you can engage that you do not have a personal relationship with, such as an acquaintance.

The AASW makes contact with the Invigilator prior to the case study task to clarify their role and verify their identity. Both you and your invigilator will also be required to sign a declaration that the case study task conditions have been met.

For more information about the case study activity for AMHSW, please click here.

The clinical social work credential recognises advanced direct practice in a diverse range of practice settings. It recognises a breadth of practice and is broader than mental health.

Once you have successfully obtained your credential, you must maintain it by:

  • Meeting your annual CPD requirements
  • Meeting your recency of practice requirements
  • Renewing your annual eligible AASW membership* and paying the associated fee each financial year
  • Renewing your annual AASW credential membership and paying the associated fee each financial year.

* Please note that student and fully retired membership types are not eligible for AASW Credentials. You must be a Full, Reduced Fee or Graduate Member to be eligible.

There is no official process for putting your credential status on hold. Rather, if you choose not to renew your credential for any specific financial year, your credential membership will lapse, and you will be required to apply for reinstatement if you choose to renew it in the future.

If you need to re-instate your credential, you will need to follow the re-instatement process.

You can find information about the process and costs for reinstating your credential here.

We have created an e-guide called Everything you need to know about applying for a credential to assist you with the application process.   You can find links to the capability statements on page 6.  We recommend that you download the e-guide and save it to your desktop so that you can refer to it as you prepare to apply for a credential.

Access our free 45-minute webinar to gain a deeper understanding of why are credentials important, what’s involved in applying and how a credential sets you apart.

  • Why the AASW has expanded the program and how social workers and employers benefit
  • Hear from an AASW member and social worker on her experience of applying for a credential and how holding a credential has opened up opportunities
  • What benefits employers gain when members of their team hold an AASW credential
  • Tips for applying.

There is a 12-month exclusion period for individuals who have experienced TWO (2) unsuccessful outcomes and undergone reassessment unless you have obtained explicit authorisation from the Credential Team Leader or Senior Management.

The 12-month exclusion period after experiencing TWO (2) unsuccessful outcomes and undergoing reassessments is it is a critical component of a fair and effective assessment process. It supports personal and professional growth, feedback integration, and the maintenance of assessment integrity, ultimately contributing to the overall quality and credibility of the assessment system.

The primary importance of this exclusion period lies in the opportunity it provides for candidates to reflect on their previous assessments and any associated feedback comprehensively. This time is essential for individuals to review their previous performance and internalise and implement the valuable insights and recommendations assessed by assessors.