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. 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 continuing education, practice information, career help and resources for your professional development;
  2. Connect with colleagues through social media, national and chapter-sponsored events;
  3. Protect yourself with legal and ethics guidance, risk management resources and NASW insurance;
  4. Advocate for social work in Washington, DC and state legislatures, and change public perceptions of our profession; and,
  5. Receive national and chapter membership with one annual dues.

A: Eligible prospective members qualify for regular NASW membership (DSW/PhD, MSW or BSW) and have never been an NASW member or have not been an active member since 2017 or before. We’re delighted to welcome members of all types, but only regular members are eligible for this campaign.
A: During the Member Referral Campaign, NASW is offering a free Specialty Practice Section (SPS) to eligible prospective members who join or reinstate as a regular NASW member and complete the referred member form to claim their choice of SPS between July 1, 2019, and October 31, 2019.
A: Eligible prospective members qualify for regular NASW membership (DSW/PhD, MSW or BSW) and have never been an NASW member or have not been an active member since 2017 or before. We’re delighted to welcome members of all types, but only prospective regular members are eligible to receive a free Specialty Practice Section during the campaign.
A: NASW does not currently offer installment options for new members. Renewing members may pay dues in two or 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 paying your dues:
  • You may pay in full to join, reinstate, or renew online.
  • You may pay by phone by calling NASW Member Services 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 you renew and pay your dues in full as a continuing member.
A: You will receive your membership packet within two weeks of joining and paying your dues in full.
A: You may print a copy of your membership card or certificate at no charge in the Member Center. 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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