Becoming a CSWE Accreditation Volunteer

Becoming a CSWE Accreditation Volunteer

Volunteer applications open each spring. Learn more about the types of accreditation volunteers below. 


Board of Accreditation Members: 

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Board of Accreditation (BOA) is the accrediting body for social work education. BOA members are full- or part-time social work faculty members at CSWE-accredited social work programs with site visitor experience.  

As the accreditor, the BOA is responsible for both formulating accreditation standards and determining the criteria and process for evaluating these standards. In addition, BOA members conduct candidacy visits for baccalaureate and master’s programs seeking initial accreditation. 

Interested in volunteering as a BOA member?

  • For a full description of BOA responsibilities, eligibility and application process, review the BOA Info Sheet.

  • Volunteer applications open each spring. To stay up-to-date on applications or information sessions please complete the BOA Interest Form.

  • Join us on March 15, 2024 1:30–2:30 PM (ET) for a BOA Information Session (Register here)


Site Visitors:  

Site visitors conduct visits to baccalaureate and master’s programs seeking reaffirmation. Site visitors are full- or part-time social work faculty members at a CSWE-accredited or candidate social work programs.  

Site visitors operate under the authority of the CSWE-BOA and visit accredited social work programs to gather information related to the Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS) based on questions provided by the BOA.  

Interested in volunteering as a site visitor?

  • For a full description of site visitor responsibilities, eligibility and application process, review the Site Visitor Info Sheet.

  • Volunteer applications open each spring. To stay up-to-date on applications or information sessions please complete the Site Visitor Interest Form

  • Join us on March 22, 2024, 1:30–2:30 PM (ET) for a Site Visitor Information Session (Register here)


Fellowship Review Committee Members:  

The Fellowship Review Committee (FRC) serves as the primary review body for post-master’s social work fellowship programs seeking initial or continued accreditation and is responsible for making accreditation decision recommendations to the BOA. The BOA considers FRC recommendations and ratifies accreditation decisions. 

As post-master’s social work fellowship programs are practice-based and not degree programs at universities or colleges, the FRC is comprised of social work educators and practitioners which ensures a peer-review based accreditation process for these practice-based programs.  

Interested in volunteering as an FRC member?

  • For a full description of FRC responsibilities, eligibility and application process, review the Fellowship Review Committee (FRC) Info Sheet.

  • Volunteer applications open each spring. To stay up-to-date on applications or information sessions please complete the FRC Interest Form

  • Join us on March 15, 2024, 3:00–4:00 PM (ET) for a Fellowship Review Committee Volunteer Info Session (Register here)


Perks of Becoming an Accreditation Volunteer:

  • Engage in esteemed volunteer service and professional development

  • Enhance your own accreditation expertise and technical discussion and writing skills to contribute to your own social work program's accreditation efforts

  • Learn about new, innovative, and promising social work education practices

  • Have a network of peers and fellow volunteers with expertise in accreditation 

  • Receive annual letters of recognition for services, that may be used for promotions 

  • Join the annual volunteer celebration at CSWE Annual Program Meeting (APM)

  • Contribute to the overall improvement of the social work profession and educational community