About the Social Worker Registry

The College’s register is updated weekly and includes the names, practicing status, and registration numbers of all individuals approved to practice social work in Nova Scotia.

Please contact the College if you believe a name is omitted from the Register in error, or have questions about the status of an individual on the Register.

  • Has obtained a degree in social work from an approved social work faculty.
  • Has the required social work experience.
  • Has passed the examinations required by the Board.
  • Has paid the prescribed fees.
  • Has met the requirements of the Act and has been approved by the Board of Examiners for registration.
  • A registered social worker who has been approved by the Board for private practice.
  • The Registered Social Worker or Social Worker Candidate has been approved to practice social work in Nova Scotia for a defined time period. There may be practice restrictions.
  • The individual has failed to renew his or her registration and is prohibited from practicing social work or using any title which would suggest that the individual is eligible to practice social work. (Refer to Sections 52 and 55 of the Social Workers Act )
  • Has obtained a degree or diploma in social work from an approved social work faculty.
  • Has paid the prescribed fees.
  • Has met the requirements of the Act and has been approved by the Board of Examiners for registration as a candidate.
  • Is being supervised by a candidacy supervisor approved by the Registrar of the Board.
  • The Registered Social Worker or Social Worker Candidate is unemployed, on maternity or parental leave, or on long term disability and is not self-employed.
  • Has obtained a degree in social work from an approved social work faculty.
  • Has the required social work experience.
  • Has passed the examinations required by the Board.
  • Has paid the prescribed fees.
  • Has met the requirements of the Act and has been approved by the Board of Examiners for registration.

Questions?  Contact the College’s Regulatory & Applications Administrator Alex Nelson at (902) 429-7799 x 221 or alex.nelson@nscsw.org.

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