The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) is the nonprofit organization composed of and owned by the social work regulatory boards and colleges of 49 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and all 10 Canadian provinces. We are the only nonprofit organization dedicated to social work regulation. Our mission is to strengthen protection of the public by providing support and services to our member boards.
ASWB owns and maintains the social work licensing examinations that are used to test a social worker’s competence to practice ethically and safely. The Examination Committee meets up to four times a year to review questions for the exams. Exams are administered throughout the year at secure test centers in North America and abroad.
The association developed and maintains a model practice act that offers regulatory bodies a resource for developing their own laws and regulations. Other member board services include the ACE program for approved continuing education, CE audit contract services, license application and issuance contract services, the Public Protection Database, and Look Up a License. The association holds two meetings for its membership, a Spring Education Meeting and an Annual Meeting in the fall. New Board Member Training is conducted three times per year. Association publications include a bimonthly electronic newsletter, the Association News. In partnership with CSWE-accredited schools of social work, ASWB has piloted an educational initiative, Path to Licensure, developed to strengthen student and faculty knowledge of professional regulation, as well as its important connection to public protection and social work values and ethics.