Becoming a CSWE Site Visitor

Becoming a CSWE Site Visitor

What Is a Site Visitor?

Site visitors operate under the authority of the Commission on Accreditation (COA). As part of the reaffirmation process, site visitors visit baccalaureate and master's social work programs and gather information about which the COA has questions related to Educational Policy and Accreditation Standards (EPAS).


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, and maintain CSWE membership. Site visitors are required to have 3 years of teaching experience. Every site visitor participates in training on EPAS before being certified. Site visitors must attend an update session whenever new standards are developed.

Individuals interested in serving as a site visitor should email a copy of their CV and a letter of recommendation from their program’s chief administrator to CSWE's accreditation volunteer coordinator. If an individual registering for training is the program's chief administrator, a letter of recommendation should be provided from their direct supervisor. 

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.