Certification Application

The application period for the March/April 2020 testing period is now closed. Applications for the next testing period in September/October 2020 will open on July 1st.

The APHSW Board partners with PSI to process applications and administer the exam at PSI test sites throughout the United States and its territories, and Canada.

Candidates must submit the following via the online application system:

  • Completed application
  • Agreement to adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics 
  • Application payment

If audited, a candidate will be required to also submit a work experience form, proof of licensure, and a transcript verifying social work education. 



SWHPN Member Application fee: $350

Non-Member Application fee: $525

Certification application fees are non-refundable. Applicants are solely responsible for ensuring that they are eligible to sit for the APHSW-C examination prior to submitting the application. 

Application Deadlines

2020 Testing Windows Application Acceptance Window
March 15-April 15, 2020 January 1-February 15, 2020
September 15-October 15, 2020 July 1-August 15, 2020




SWHPN Members: How to Access Your Reduced Examination Fee

Please note: if you are a current SWHPN Member, you are eligible for a reduced examination fee by entering your SWHPN Membership Number at Step 4 of the application.

You can find your SWHPN Membership number by:

  1. Navigating to swhpn.org.
  2. In the top menu bar, click on Member Center, then My Profile.
  3. Log in with your SWHPN username and password. 
  4. Under your profile, scroll down and you'll find your Member Number, as shown here:

Not a member of SWHPN yet? You can join here.

Please note membership in SWHPN is not required to sit for the APHSW-C certification exam.