The Advanced Social Worker in Gerontology (ASW-G)

Expertise Serving Older Adults

Who seeks this credential?

The field of gerontology recognizes that older adults have distinct characteristics that can be differentiated from earlier stages of adulthood. Social work practice with older adults encompasses a broad range of functions. Whether working in micro or macro settings, the primary goal of the social worker is to address the specific challenges of the aging process by promoting independence, autonomy, and dignity in later life. Social workers in gerontology must be knowledgeable about unique legislation, policies and social programs that affect older adults. In addition, they must be knowledgeable about the aging process and the issues older adult and their caregivers face, adept at accessing resources for clients, and strong advocates who champion their rights.

Masters level social workers specializing in gerontology possess knowledge and skill in the areas of: assessment of older adult needs, functional capacity, expertise regarding physical and mental health issues, case and care management, long-term care, elder abuse, quality of life issues, and advance care planning, are eligible to apply.

What does this credential represent?

The ASW-G credential represents master’s level expertise for social workers specializing in gerontology. The ASW-G was established in 2006, as one of the three gerontology certifications offered through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), to recognize expertise in service to older adults by master’s level social workers. The ASW-G credential certifies that the holder has and MSW and has met national standards of knowledge, skills, and experience in the social work field of gerontology, and confirms agreement to abide by the NASW Code of Ethics, the NASW Standards for Social Work Services in Long-Term Care Facilities, and the NASW Standards for Continuing Professional Education.

What are the basic eligibility requirements?

  • A Master’s degree in social work from a graduate program accredited by the Council on Social Work Education
  • Twenty (20) contact hours of professional continuing education relevant to work with older adults.
  • Documentation of at least two (2) years (equivalent of 3,000 hours) of experience working with older adults.
  • Current state MSW-level license or an ASWB MSW-level exam passing score.
  • Adherence to the NASW Code of Ethics and the NASW Standards for Continuing Professional Education.

Are you qualified to apply?

Please read and review the complete criteria in the application.

Please contact the Credentialing Center at, if you have any questions.