The New Candidacy Mentorship Program (CMP)

After consultation with our members and the hard work of our Candidacy Committee, members voted to adopt the new Candidacy framework and launch the new Candidacy Mentorship Program (CMP) at our Annual General Meeting on May 12, 2017.


Candidate Mentorship, Support, and Structure

The Candidacy Mentorship Program ensures that new graduates have the skills, competence, and good character to practice social work in Nova Scotia

This new program came to life in October 2019 with the launch of a Candidacy Mentorship Program website found here.

The website is designed to support candidates and mentors through the program and includes activities, resources and learning objective examples. Since the new program is rooted in mentorship, the candidacy supervisor is now referred to as the candidacy mentor.

Candidates will receive clear support and structure. In the new year, all candidacy reports will be digital and attached to the candidate’s member profile with the College. Constructive feedback on the learning agreement and reports will be provided and the program includes a monitoring and evaluation structure.

Transitioning to the New CMP

Information for Social Workers who were Registered as Candidates Prior to September 10, 2018

All Social Work Candidates who began candidacy before September 1st, 2018, may complete the candidacy program under the old program requirements.

See the old program requirements here.

Social Worker Candidates approved for candidacy between March 1st and August 31st of 2018 may apply to change their requirements to meet the new program.

These are the new requirements for completing Candidacy

  • Candidates must complete 2500 hours of social work practice experience
    (500 hours can be tracked from a volunteer role).
  • Candidates must normally complete the 2500 hours within a five-year period.
  • Candidates must start the Candidacy process within six months after registering with the College.
  • Candidates working full-time hours are expected to meet with their mentor for two hours per month.
  • Candidates must complete three reports – a learning agreement, a midterm report, and a final report.


Contact the College’s Regulatory & Candidacy Consultant Sherry Battiste at