If you have a relevant qualification (diploma or higher) you can apply for registered membership.
There are two membership categories for qualified practitioners: full and provisional. It is the assessing officer who will determine your category based on your qualification/s, any industry experience you have and your country of residency or citizenship. However, you can use the information below to get an idea of which category you fit into.
Full registered member
A practitioner who is either residing in Australia or an Australian citizen and who has either:
- an ACWA accredited qualification or
- a relevant qualification plus 3 years of industry experience
If you graduated more than 10 years ago you will need show that you are current in your professional knowledge. You can do this by providing evidence of 20 hours of professional development for each of the last 2 years or recent industry experience.
Industry experience means paid community work. For full membership the 3 years should be full-time (or equivalent) and at least 12 months must be post-qualification and at a minimum of a diploma skill level.
Provisional registered member
A practitioner who has:
- a relevant qualification or
- a qualification older than 10 years without demonstrable professional currency or
- is not residing in Australia or is not currently a citizen of Australia.
This is a transitional category. Provisional members can request an upgrade once they believe they meet the requirements for full membership (industry experience, currency, residency/citzenship).