About Membership

The Association offers various types of membership to individuals who are generally interested in the issues and topics we focus our efforts on and who are dedicated enough to participate and make a difference. Please refer below for the membership pre-requisites:

Membership Types

(a) Ordinary Membership - Ordinary membership is granted by application to applicants who possess professional qualification in Social Work recognised by the Association, attained at least 1,000 hours of Social Work practice including field placements and are currently employed / residing in Singapore. Ordinary Members are eligible to apply for accreditation with the Association as a "Registered Social Worker".

(b) Provisional Membership - Provisional membership is granted by application to applicants who do not qualify for Ordinary Membership but possess a professional qualification in Social Work recognised by the Association OR have passed examinations in Social Work recognised by the Association AND are engaged in Social Work Practice to the satisfaction of the EXCO / Registration Board. Provisional members shall be exempted from paying the entrance fee when they qualify for Ordinary membership.

(c) Associate Membership - Associate membership is granted by application to applicants who do not qualify for Ordinary membership but holds qualifications at the tertiary level (defined by the Ministry of Education as consisting of polytechnic diplomas and university degrees) recognised by the Association AND are currently engaged in positions within the social and/or mental health services.

(d) Student Membership - Student membership is granted by application to Singapore Citizens or Permanent Residents who are undergoing an Association recognised course of professional Social Work Training locally or overseas OR Association recognised Social Work course of Study. Student members shall be exempted from paying the entrance fee when they qualify for Provisional or Ordinary membership upon graduation.

Additional Special Membership Categories

(a) Honorary Membership - Conferred by the Association to an individual who does not possess any social work qualification but who has nonetheless rendered outstanding service to the social work profession.

(b) Fellow - Conferred by the Association to any person who is a full member or qualifies to be so and who has rendered outstanding service to the social work profession.

(c) Life Membership - Life membership was offered prior to 28 June 2003, to persons who have held full membership for an uninterrupted 8-year period. A person who was a Life Member as of 28 June 2003 continues to be a Life Member of the Association until the death of such Life Member. No person shall be eligible to apply for Life Membership on or after 28 June 2003.