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NASW Membership - What's in it for You?

The National Association of Social Workers is your professional association with services and advocacy designed with you in mind. Everything we do at NASW is focused on making your professional life better. As the largest and most recognized membership organization of professional social workers in the world, NASW is the only professional association advocating for the entire social work profession. Learn more about NASW.

  • Students: Employers want to see commitment to the field and NASW is the way to show your commitment. Everyone in your class is graduating with a degree and at least one field placement. Start answering the question, why should someone hire you over anyone else? Find that answer with NASW membership.
  • Practitioners: NASW membership is your career protection. We provide you with the most up-to-date information concerning your practice; professional development resources; professional liability insurance designed just for social workers; and all your CEUs for free. NASW advocates for you at the licensing board and with decision-makers at the state and national levels.

With NASW membership, you are a member at the national, state and local levels. Click here for questions about member types and dues. Can’t afford your membership? NASW offers discounted membership to those current and active NASW members who are unemployed or retiring. Call 1-800-742-4089 for details.


#1 Advance Your Career

Get a Better Job

  • NASW-NC Career Center: Members can access a number of career resources such as job search engines, North Carolina job resources, resume and cover letter examples, interview questions, and social work salary information.
  • Online Job Bank: Need a job? Looking for consulting work or interested in practicing part-time? Access the NASW-NC Job Bank or search for national listings on the NASW Career Center.
  • Resume Review: Get your résumé ready to stand out from the competition and highlight your commitment to the field. Email your résumé and cover letter to membership@naswnc.org to receive our feedback within 30 business days.
  • Salary Calculator: Feeling valued is important to protect yourself against burnout. See if your salary is in line with other social workers in your area and then decide to negotiate a higher salary while your agency is setting next year’s budget!
  • License Preparation: Still using any excuse not to take your licensure exam? Instead of procrastinating, start preparing. Register for our twice a year exam prep session (discounted for members) to get 6 hours of face-to-face instruction.

Build Your Skillset

  • Free Online CE: You can get 20 hours of your required CEs for free through NASW. Topics include healthcare reform, human trafficking, court and documentation training, ethics of social media, and much more!
  • Discounted Conferences: As a member, you receive an average 30% discount on all of our in-person conferences. NASW North Carolina conferences are an excellent resource to build your knowledge and develop professional connections.
  • Professional Consultation: NASW-NC staff are exclusively available to members who have questions about practice situations, continuing education, licensure, mental health reform, etc. Call 919-828-9650 for your consultation.
  • Supervision Registry: Are you looking for a LCSW who can provide supervision for your license? Or are you a supervisor wanting to provide supervision? The Supervision Registry is an affordable and efficient method to connect those in need of supervision to those who are qualified and interested in supervising.
  • Leadership Ladder Series: Designed to help you successfully navigate your career, this series features articles on working as a consultant, obtaining a doctorate, transitioning your license across state lines, ensuring organizational sustainability, maximizing the flexibility of a social work degree, publishing as a practitioner, and more!
  • NASW Specialty Credentials: Take the next step to further your social work career and potentially get an increase in pay by obtaining a NASW credential, a "license plus" that shows you have nationally certified knowledge and skills.

Stay Informed

  • Tools & Techniques: Get answers to some of the most challenging situations, such as discussing traumatic events with children, managing clients who present with anger, and changes in Medicaid. Save time with sample HIPAA privacy forms and office policies and review information on billing codes.
  • Legal Issue of the Month: With your NASW membership, you get access to an archive of 100 free legal articles, designed to answer commonly asked questions on hot-button emerging legal issues related to social work.
  • Latest Research: Expand your knowledge base by perusing the latest in social work research in the free, online, peer-reviewed journal, Social Work. Widely read by practitioners, faculty, and students, it is the official journal of NASW and is provided to all members as a membership benefit.
  • NASW-NC Newsletter: The quarterly newsletter includes updates from the NASW-NC chapter and members, relevant legal issues, legislative alerts on issues affecting you and your clients, and articles on various social issues written by local experts.


#2 Protect Yourself

Protect Your License, Practice, and Career from Lawsuits

  • Ethics Consultation: The NASW-NC Ethics Committee can help guide you through an ethical dilemma by offering constructive dialogue and considerations which point to areas of the Code of Ethics that address the ethical concern.
  • Liability Insurance: Every social worker needs career protection. With NASW membership, you gain access to significantly discounted liability insurance with coverage tailored just for social workers, including up to $35,000 for licensing board defense coverage, unique features such as subpoena coverage, and a risk management helpline.

#3 Support Your Profession

Give Back to the Social Work Community

  • Advocacy: Your membership directly impacts NASW's ability to make progressive change for our profession. With the support of members, we can advocate for you at the licensing board and be a vigilant voice for social workers at the North Carolina General Assembly.
  • Social Work Legislative Committee: Stay up-to-date on what may impact your practice and clients by participating in the NASW-NC Legislative Committee. It's easy to participate and puts you ahead of the curve, allowing you to be more connected to NASW’s work and your fellow colleagues.
  • Political Action for Candidate Election: Interested in being a catalyst for change? Help us support social workers and officials running for public office who support social justice. With your help, we will be one of the most influential organizations at the Statehouse for human services, mental health, and equitable financing of state services.

#4 Save Money

Members-Only Discounts

  • Discount Programs: Get discounts on products and services to help you in your professional life and save money in your personal life, including office furniture and supplies from Office Depot, software from Constant Contact, cell phone savings from T-Mobile, hotel stays and car rentals, and access to Dorland Health National Directories.
  • CE Savings: With your NASW membership you can apply an average 30% discount to any NASW-NC conference, free and reduced Local Program Unit events, and free and discounted online CE from NASW.
  • Reduced Membership Dues: We offer recent graduates a discounted membership for up to 3 years, meaning if you graduated with your BSW, you pay only $94 for 2 years following graduation and if you graduated with your MSW, you pay only $94 for 2 years and $143 for the third year following graduation. Retired or unemployed? We can offer you a discounted rate. Call 1-800-742-4089 to get more information.


To Join:

  • You may also call NASW National at 1-800-742-4089 to join.   
  • Call the North Carolina Chapter office at 1-800-280-6207 if you would like a membership application mailed to you, or email membership@naswnc.org.    
  • Two-for-One Membership: Your NASW membership includes membership in your state NASW Chapter as well, at no additional cost. Access continuing education events in your state, news and updates from your chapter newsletter, and a network of colleagues near where you live and work through your chapter.
  • To view a list explaining NASW membership category costs and rules associated with each type of membership, click here.

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