Register of Social Workers, Social Worker Candidates, and Private Practice Listing

About the NSCSW Register

The College register is updated weekly and includes the names, practicing status, and registration numbers of all individuals approved to practice social work in Nova Scotia. It also includes individuals whose registration has been suspended for “failure to renew.”

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

Practice of Social Work in Nova Scotia

In Nova Scotia, the practice of social work includes the assessment, remediation, and prevention of social problems and the enhancement of social functioning of individuals, families, and groups. This can be accomplished through:

  • The provision of direct counselling services within an established relationship between a social worker and a client.
  • The development, promotion, and delivery of human services programs.
  • The development and promotion of social policies aimed at improving social conditions and promoting social equality, including that dome in collaboration with communities,
    and which requires the application of specialized knowledge, values and skills in the field of social work.

Registration Categories

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • A registered social worker who has been approved by the Board for private practice.
  • 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.
  • 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 )

Questions? Contact the College.