Membership FAQ

Get answers to frequently asked questions about National Association of Social Workers (NASW) membership.

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A: Founded in 1955, and based in Washington, DC, NASW is the largest professional social work organization in the United States. With more than 130,000 members, NASW promotes, develops and protects the practice of social work and social workers. NASW also advocates to improve public policies that strengthen society.
A: The "Top Five Reasons" to join NASW are to:
  1. Advance in the workplace with professional development resources;
  2. Protect yourself with NASW’s insurance and risk management resources;
  3. Connect with colleagues through social media, national and chapter-sponsored events;
  4. Advocate for social work in Washington, DC and state legislatures; and,
  5. Receive a chapter membership at no added cost as part of your membership.

A: There are membership types for each stage of your career:
  • Regular - MSW, DSW and PhD: $225; and BSW: $150
  • Student - BSW and MSW: $57; and Doctoral Student (Social Work/Social Welfare Program): $170
  • Transitional Member - BSW and MSW student members who maintain continuous membership after graduation qualify for a transitional period with discounted dues of $110 in the first two years and $170 in the third year after graduation.
  • Associate - Open to those with a professional interest in, or supportive of, the issues addressed by, or the client populations served by, the social work profession: $225
  • Retired - Open to any current active member who is at least 55 years of age, is fully retired from social work practice, and has been a full dues paying member of NASW: $70

A: As an NASW member, you have access to tools and resources that will help you advance your career, protect your practice, connect with peers, and advocate for social work. The more you use your membership, the more you benefit. Here are highlights:
  • Read the NASW News, search the Social Work Journal Online, review SocialWorkers.Org for practice updates, and reference legal issues of the month;
  • Access HIPPAA resources, forms and policies;
  • Visit your Chapter website, join the social media conversation, and volunteer for leadership roles;
  • Update your member profile in the online Member Center, post your resume in the NASW Career Center, and register for free online continuing education;
  • Enroll as a provider in the EAPrefer referral service and sign up for the NASW Advocacy Network ListServ; and,
  • Call to schedule free ethics and legal consultations, and enjoy discount programs for members.

A: Twelve months from the date that you join, or renew, and pay your dues in full.
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NASW does not currently offer installment options for new members. Renewing members
may pay dues in three installments, in advance of their renewal date. If you choose to send a partial payment with your first notice, your subsequent notices will reflect a credit and a remaining balance. This option is not available online. Installment payments may be sent by mail to PO Box 79949, Baltimore, MD 21279-0949, or by calling NASW Member Services at 800-742-4089, Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET.


A: You have three options for sending your dues payment:
  • You may pay in full to join, reinstate, or renew online.
  • You may pay by phone at 800-742-4089, Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. ET.
  • You may mail your payment to NASW:
    • Mail member renewals to
      PO Box 79949
      Baltimore, MD 21279-0949
    • Mail new member applications to
      PO Box 791343
      Baltimore, MD 21279-1343

A: Your membership benefits are active the date your dues are paid in full as a new member, or when your renew and pay your dues in full as a continuing member.
A: Within one week of joining, and paying your dues in full.
A: Members may print a copy of their membership card, or certificate at no charge at www.socialworkers.org/membercenter. NASW Member Services can provide replacement membership cards, certificates, or member brochures on request. A $15 replacement fee may be charged for a member card.
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NASW Member Services

Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. ET
800-742-4089
membership@naswdc.org



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