4.4.1. Commission Visitor Qualifications and Selection

The commission visitor’s primary task is to discuss the Benchmark III document and identify areas of compliance and noncompliance. The visitor will also ask the program whether there have been any changes since the last visit and determine whether any of those changes affect the program’s compliance. The visitor also reviews the self-study and identifies areas of further development that the program can use in writing its next self-study.


Commissioner Visit III is conducted by a current or recently retired member of the COA. Commissioners have a minimum of 5 years of teaching experience and have been experienced site visitors prior to serving on the COA.

Selecting the Commission Visitor

The director of the Office of Social Work Accreditation and Educational Excellence (OSWA) and the accreditation volunteer coordinator select a commissioner to make Commissioner Visit III. The commission visitor contacts the program to arrange a date for the visit and lets the accreditation volunteer coordinator know when the visit will occur. Commissioner visits for programs on the February agenda take place between September 1 and November 15, on the June agenda between December 1 and February 28, and on the October agenda between March 1 and May 31.