Social workers are unique and have the capability to work across many areas with specialist knowledge and skills. Social workers are involved with people across the entire life span from birth to death, from facilitating early interventions to working in some of the most challenging and complex situations.
While a qualifying degree gives social workers the skills, knowledge and attributes they need to practise, the complexity of social work means continuous development is required throughout their careers. Recognition of specialist skills and experience ensures a high quality of service delivery to the community.
The AASW has made a significant investment in expanding the credentialing program with the introduction of new credentials to support leaders in social work and facilitate a consistent way of assessing and recognising specialist skills.