The Application and Policy Manual offers detailed information about the NSCSW policies and processes for registration. There are different registration pathways for new registrants with Canadian credentials, social workers transferring registration from other Canadian provinces, and those who received their BSW or MSW degree abroad (in the US or elsewhere). Most applicants will follow the four steps below:
If approved your name will be added to the Register of Social Workers and Social Worker Candidates within the week.
If your application is not approved you will be informed, in writing, of the Board’s reasons.
Pending review of your application by the Board, the Registrar may grant temporary registration for a period of up to 30 days. For more information about temporary status, please contact the office.
Application documents that are not in English or French must be translated before they are submitted to the College.
You must provide your original documents plus a precise word-for-word translation in English or French. This must be a certified translation, accompanied by a cover letter from an accredited translator including:
You are asked to list the academic qualifications you obtained from your social work program on the online application form.
If your social work program has been submitted to the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) for an evaluation, ensure that the CASW forwards the written evaluation directly to the College. An official transcript from your academic institution is not required.
The Board of Examiners will determine if an applicant is eligible to be placed on the Registry of Registered Social Workers. Eligibility for the Registry of Registered Social Workers is outlined in section 22 of the Social Workers Act and further defined in Section 8 of the regulations.
A person is eligible for Registered Social Worker status if they have completed a CASWE accredited Bachelor of Social Work degree or a Masters of Social Work Degree or equivalent and an additional 2500 hours of practice experience post-graduation that falls within the scope of practice (Social Worker Act Section 5(a)).
A qualified applicant who has not completed 2500 hours of practice experience post-graduation will be considered a Social Worker Candidate and placed on the Social Worker Candidate Registry, and must complete all or part of the Candidacy Mentorship Program based on their previous experience.
For comprehensive details on the Candidacy Mentorship Program, visit candidacy.nscsw.org.
If the Board of Examiners refuses your registration, you will be notified in writing by the College’s Executive Director/Registrar with reasons and the Registrar’s proposal.
Within 30 days of receipt of the Registrar’s proposal, you may request a review of the Board of Examiner’s registration refusal.
If a review is requested, it will be conducted by a Registration Appeals Committee.
It may take several months before the committee begins your review. The length of time it takes for the Committee to render a decision depends on the unique circumstances of each individual’s application, additional information submitted on the review, and the Registrar’s proposal.
The registration year begins January 1 and covers a twelve-month period, to be renewed annually. Fees for new members of the College who apply to NSCSW later in the year are prorated to reflect the date of approval to practice.
|January 1 – December 31||$440||$220|
|April 1 – December 31||$330||$165|
|July 1 – December 31||$220||$110|
|October 1 – December 31||$110||$55|
|Retired Associate Member||$50|
First-time registration fees for new social workers are further reduced for recent graduates who apply to NSCSW within a year of completing their accredited social work program.
Registration fees are increasing slightly in 2022; the amount depends on member class, and will be no more than three dollars per member. Visit our registration fee page for more details about this increase.
All Active or Associate Registered Social Workers, Social Worker Candidates and Registered Social Workers (Provisional) pay a $100.00 application fee.
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