1. There shall be thirteen (13) volunteer members of the Committee with voting rights and one (1) senior NASW staff member, with no voting rights, acting as liaison between the Committee and the Association departments/staff.
2. NASW Credentialing Committee members will be appointed by the NASW President, consistent with NASW’s bylaws and other policies. The committee will recommend appointments to the NASW President, who will make final committee appointments.
3. The 13 Committee members shall represent the following groups of stakeholders:
a. Two (2) of the members shall be active ACSW or DCSW credential holders.
b. Eight (8) of the members shall be individuals who hold any other NASW credential. When identifying candidates for this group the Committee will take into consideration the need to have as broad a representation of different NASW credentials as possible, including to the extent feasible, each of the following eight (8) areas:
- Case Management
- Health Care
- Hospice and Palliative Care
- Youth and Family
c. Two (2) of the members shall be professionals from any industry, but with specific expertise in the field of credentialing, ideally in the area of psychometrics (measurement of knowledge or sound test design).
d. One (1) of the members shall be a representative of the public at large (no connection to the social work profession or NASW).
4. All Committee members, except the credentialing professionals (2) and the public member (1), must maintain NASW membership and be in good standing while serving on the Committee.
5. The Committee shall have a Chair that is appointed by the NASW President.
6. Except as hereinafter provided, each Committee member, including the Chair, shall serve a three-year term. No Committee member shall serve for more than two consecutive full terms.
7. If for any reason a Committee member cannot serve or resigns before expiration of the term for which he or she is appointed, a successor shall be identified by the Committee and appointed by the President of NASW. Such appointments shall be solely for the remainder of the un-expired term. Each successor Committee member so appointed shall be eligible to serve two additional full terms of office.
8. In order to provide for continuity, initial terms of appointment shall be staggered to provide, insofar as possible, that no more than one-third of the members of the Committee shall be replaced in any given year.
9. The Committee members shall not receive compensation for the performance of their duties; however, they may be reimbursed for reasonable expenses incidental to the performance of their duties on the Committee.