FAQ About NASW Membership

How do I become a member of NASW?

Join NASW online or download an application. Or, you can email us at admin.naswaz@socialworkers.organd give us your name and mailing address and we can send a printed application to you through the mail. 

How is the Arizona Chapter set up?

The AZ Chapter is governed by a 19-member (20 in years with a President-Elect) Board of Directors. The office is staffed by Executive Director Jeremy Arp, Administrative Assistant Jessica Avalos with additional assistance is provided by leadership and volunteers. Chapter activities include the annual Social Work Conference, continuing education workshops, networking for current and future members, a monthly e-newsletter and general resource assistance.

We have approximately 1,300 members in Arizona and the Chapter is divided into four geographical branches, each with local leadership that develops and implements programs to further professional goals. Branch 1 contains the metro Phoenix area and extends west to Yuma. Branch 2 includes Tucson and the southern part of the state. Branch 3 is the northern area including Flagstaff and Branch 4 is a small branch that contains the area of Prescott and Prescott Valley.

I am moving to a different branch (or out of state). Do I give you my address change?

If you are already a member of NASWAZ and are moving within the state of Arizona, you may email us at  admin.naswaz@socialworkers.org . However, if you are moving here from a different state or are moving to a different state, you will need to call the Member Services at 1(800) 742-4089, and notify them that you are transferring your membership to or from the AZ Chapter. Please give them your new address and phone number at this time.

How do I meet other social workers in my area?

Getting involved at the local level is a great way to network and meet people and to remain updated about developments at the local, state, and national levels. We encourage you to attend branch networking events in your area. A listing of events can be found on our "Community Calendar."

Can you tell me what the job market is like?

Salary statistics are available through various sources including the Economic Research Institute, Salary.com, and Indeed.com. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) maintains the Occupational Outlook Handbook online and is a great source for aggregated data.  Read the 2016 BLS Occupational Handbook entry.

Do you have a current list of job opportunities?

Job Opportunities are listed on our website. You must be a member and logged into our website to view the jobs posted under "Career Center." If you are a member of another chapter and would like to view this section, just call or e-mail the chapter office for a user name and password.

Can you recommend any other job resources?

The State of Arizona is the largest employer of social workers in the state. It uses document imaging technology to process your application. Send your resume to: AZ Dept. of Administration, Personnel Division, 1831 W. Jefferson, Phoenix, AZ 85007. Also, you might check out http://www.azstatejobs.gov. You can also search jobs at http://www.indeed.com/, http://www.careerbuilder.com/, in addition to our website.

What do I need to do to get a license in Arizona?

In April 2003, our governor signed into law a multi-level licensure bill to license social workers. The licensure bill went into effect as of July 1, 2004.  Changes in Arizona law in 2013 may make it easier to transfer an already existing license by going through the application process. The licensing exam for social workers is the test written by Association for Social Work Boards (ASWB). This is the same instrument many states use. For an application/further information, contact the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners.

Can you direct me to a study guide or course to help prepare for the licensure examination?

Licensing ExAm Preparation Services (LEAP) offers a two-day, 16-hour course as well as a Comprehensive Study Guide with hundreds of practice questions, up-to-date information, and test-taking tips.  Click Here  for information on the location of upcoming courses and order information for the study guide.  As well as LEAP, we offer test prep through Pass It Pro, an online National Licensure Review Course. If you do not pass the exam, you get a full refund! 

Do you have a list of workshops that offer CEUs throughout the State of Arizona?

We only carry a list of those workshops that advertise in our newsletter, or that are sponsored by the Chapter. Workshops that we sponsor are listed under the  Community Calendar.

I am not receiving any NASW-related materials. Can you tell me the status of my membership?

The simplest way to determine the problem is for us to check the database. Email us at  admin.naswaz@socialworkers.org  or call us at (480) 968-4595, and leave your full name as it appears on your membership card.

I have paid my dues, yet still remain on the "inactive or suspended" list. Can you tell me how to clear this up?

Please call the national office at 1 (800) 742-4089, for Membership Services.

Do you have a local newsletter or magazine?

The Arizona Chapter releases a monthly newsletter packed full of information on upcoming social work events, CEU workshops, networking opportunities, calendar listings, job opportunities, interesting articles and more!

How can I advertise on the NASW-AZ website?

Employers advertise job ads free on the website. This gives employers incentive to post job openings with us, therefore giving our members more job ads to choose from. All job ads that are on the website will automatically appear in a list of job titles in the bimonthly newsletter as well.

Check the rates under the "advertisers" link under "about" on our website.

How do I advertise in the newsletter?

The advertising policies are found on our website under CEU Pre-approvals and the fly-out button that says Advertising. You may contact the office at (480) 968-4595.

Do you have a statewide conference?

Yes. Our statewide Conference is held each September.

How can I attend/sponsor/advertise at conference?

You can go to the Community Calendar and find the current NASW-AZ Conference held each fall. Also, you can contact our office via email and let us know that you would like a conference brochure to attend or a sponsorship brochure to sponsor, exhibit or advertise at the conference,: email:  admin.naswaz@socialworkers.org 

What are your policies and procedures regarding Continuing Education workshops?

Please read our policies statement.