The Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) is the nonprofit organization composed of and owned by the social work regulatory boards and colleges of all 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana 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 (PPD), and Look Up a License. The association holds two meetings annually for its membership, the Association Education Meeting and the Annual Meeting of the Delegate Assembly in the fall. New Board Member Training sessions and Administrator Workshop training sessions are held regularly. Association publications include a bimonthly electronic newsletter, the Association News. In partnership with CSWE-accredited schools of social work, ASWB offers an educational initiative, Path to Licensure, designed to strengthen student and faculty knowledge of professional regulation, and its important connection to public protection and social work values and ethics.