2.3.3. Site Visitor Qualifications and Selection


To become a certified site visitor an individual must be a full- or part-time social work faculty member at a CSWE-accredited social work program, have a letter of recommendation from that program’s chief administrator or an institutional administrator, and maintain CSWE membership. Site visitors are required to have three years of teaching experience. Every site visitor participates in site visitor training before being certified. Site visitors must attend an update session whenever new standards are developed.

Site Visitor Selection

The accreditation volunteer coordinator uses the information on the Reaffirmation Site Visit Planning form to match the program with an appropriate site visitor. Certified site visitors are not eligible to participate in the site visit if they participated in the program’s last site visit; work or reside in the same state as the program; are current or former faculty members or students; previously applied for a position at the program; are current or former consultants to the program; or have other conflicts of interest brought to CSWE’s attention by the program or potential site visitor.

The accreditation volunteer coordinator uses that information to select a site visitor, and, when the site visitor is confirmed, sends the visitor's contact information to the program.