If you obtained a degree in social work from a social work program accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE), you will likely meet the academic requirements for the issuance of a general certificate of registration for social work.

An application for registration with the College with a degree in a social work from an accredited school shall include the following information:

To be completed in the Application Portal:

  1. Completion of online application form accompanied by a non-refundable $100.00 application fee.
  2. Consent to release of information to the employer concerning the status of your application.
  3. The names and email addresses of two references. The forms will be automatically emailed to your references for completion through the application portal.
  4. Current Resume
  5. Job description (if employed)

Mail an original copy to the College:

  1. University transcript (BSW/MSW) sent from the University directly to the NSCSW
    A letter sent from the University Registrar’s office directly to the NSCSW confirming completion of BSW/MSW degree  program (if you are awaiting convocation)
  2. Criminal Record Check (contact local police or visit http://www.backcheck.net/nscsw/)
  3. Child Abuse Registry Check
    If you are residing outside Nova Scotia, forms may be made available through the province’s child welfare agency or government department. If the province does not conduct a child abuse check, please note this in your application and assure that the police include a vulnerable persons’ check.

Mailing address: 1888 Brunswick St., Suite 700, Halifax, NS B3J 3J8

Member classes

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)).

An 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 details on the Candidacy Mentorship Program, visit candidacy.nscsw.org.

Applicants may use the online applicant portal to start an application, add new information or check on the status of their application.


Information about the Board of Examiners’ policies and processes can be found in our Application and Renewal Policy Manual.

The Board of Examiners receives administrative support from the College’s Regulatory and Applications Administrator, Suzanne Kutach. If you have questions about applying for registration, you can reach Suzanne by phone or email:

Telephone: (902) 429-7799 x 221
Email: suzanne.kutach@nscsw.org