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Eligibility

If you are one of the many thousands of qualified community work practitioners or community services students you may be eligible for ACWA membership. By joining the Australian Community Workers Association you will become a valued member of a well-respected community of qualified community work practitioners who are committed to ethical practice and life-long professional development.

Membership can bring many benefits both in terms of professional development and career progression. We look forward to welcoming you as a member.

Membership essentials

The type of membership for which you are eligible depends on such factors such as your qualification and relevant any industry experience. However, upon applying for membership with ACWA all members must agree to abide by the Australian Community Workers Code of Ethics. This is fundamental for community work practitioners as our work is with the most vulnerable and marginalised groups in society. Provisional and full members are also expected, and required, to maintain their professional currency by obtaining 20 hours of CPD through each year of their membership.

Find out if you meet the eligibility requirements

There are a number of pathways to ACWA membership. Membership is available to community work practitioners and community work students.

In order to find the right pathway for you, you will need to know if you have completed a relevant course, an ACWA accredited course or a recognised overseas qualification. Students can skip ahead to step 2.

Relevant courses
Qualifications which specialise in community or human services, youth work, aged care, applied social science, community development, alcohol and other drugs, disability, counselling etc. are usually deemed to be relevant for membership. Some students use recognition of prior learning (RPL) to gain credit for units within a qualification. In this circumstances ACWA will only accept up to 40% RPL.

ACWA accredited courses
If you are unsure if you attended an ACWA accredited course please visit our accredited course finder or previously accredited course lists. The course needs to have been accredited during your period of study for you to fall under this category.

Overseas recognised qualifications
If you have completed your course overseas please check our list of overseas recognised courses that have been deemed to be of equivalent standard to an ACWA accredited course.

Use the following eligibility flow chart to determine your professional level.

Find your professional registration level

Use the following the flow chart to determine your professional level and click on the appropriate link for application details

> If you hold an ACWA accredited diploma or above qualification, or a recognised overseas qualification, you should follow the pathway for full membership plus registration - Practicing Level 1 (PL1).

> If you hold a relevant, but non ACWA accredited, diploma or above and have over three year’s full time (or part time equivalent) industry experience you should follow the pathway for full membership plus registration - Practicing Level 1 (PL1).

> If you hold a relevant, but non ACWA accredited diploma or above and have less than three year’s full time (or part time equivalent) industry experience you should follow the pathway for provisional membership plus registration - Practicing Level 2 (PL2).

> If you have a relevant Certificate III or IV you should apply for registration - Practicing Level 3 (PL3).

> If you are currently enrolled in a community-services related course at any level you should apply for student membership.

Quick links to forms

If you have your supporting documentation ready, you can find quick links to the forms below.

Membership assessment form - complete this form for membership under the provisional or full member pathways, or to receive an eligibility assessment only.

Student membership form - complete this form if you are currently studying a relevant course

Registration - Practicing Level 3 - complete this process to apply for registration with a certificate III or IV qualification





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