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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 your relevant work experience. However, upon applying for membership with ACWA all members must agree to abide by ACWA’s code of ethics for community workers. 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 expected, and required, to maintain their professional currency by obtaining 20 hours of CPD through each year of their membership.

Find out if you are eligible
There are a number of pathways to ACWA membership. Membership is available to community work practitioners and community work students.

Step 1: In order to find the right pathway for you, you will need to know if you have completed an ACWA accredited course, a course that is relevant but not accredited by ACWA, or a recognised overseas qualification. Current students can skip ahead to step 2.

ACWA accredited course: 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.

Relevant courses not accredited by ACWA: for courses that are not ACWA accredited, 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.

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.

Step 2: Use the following eligibility flow chart to determine your professional level.

Eligibility flow chart (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 apply for full membership plus registration - Practicing Level 1 (PL1).

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

> If you hold a non ACWA accredited relevant diploma or above and have less than three year’s full time (or part time equivalent) industry experience you are eligible to apply 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.

Step 3: Click on the link in the flow chart that applies to your circumstances for complete application details, including the documents you will need to provide and the application form.

Quick links to forms
If you have already completed step 3 and have your supporting documentation ready, you can find quick links to the forms below.

Full membership plus registration - Practicing Level 1 (PL1)

Provisional membership plus registration - Practicing Level 2 (PL2)

Registration - Practicing Level 3 (PL3)

Student membership



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