As of January 1, 2018, amendments to the Registration Regulation O. Reg. 383/00 which include the creation of a new retired class of certificate of registration will come into effect.

Is the retired class right for you?

Members of the College who are no longer practising social work or social service work and do not intend to return to practice, will have the option to apply for a retired class of certificate of registration.

Members of the College who wish to apply for a retired class of certificate of registration as of January 1, 2018 should meet the following criteria:

  • No longer practising social work or social service work.
  • Do not intend to return to practice in the future (including part-time or on a volunteer basis).

Important Note: Members in the retired class will not be able to move back into the general class unless they re-apply to the College and meet all of the registration requirements. Prior to moving into the retired class, members will be required to complete an application form, and indicate that they will comply with the requirements set out in the regulation and do not intend to return to practice.

Value of registration in the retired class

When you become a member in the retired class, you remain part of the community of social workers and social service workers across Ontario which is professional, ethical, qualified and accountable.

Registration with the College says something important about the professions of social work and social service work as a whole, and also about you as an individual member.

As of January 1, 2018, members in the retired class of certificate of registration will be able to:

  • Use the protected titles “social worker,” “registered social worker,” “social service worker” or “registered social service worker” immediately followed by “retired” in English or “retraité” in French.
  • Hold themselves out as a retired social worker or retired social service worker.
  • Receive communications from the College through College publications including the Perspective newsletter and eBulletins.
  • Participate in College events, such as the Annual Meeting and Education Day and the Educational Forums.

Process to apply for the retired class of certificate of registration

As of January 1, 2018, members who wish to move into the retired class will be required to:

  • Complete an application form.
  • Indicate that they will comply with the requirements set out in the regulation and do not intend to return to practice.
  • Pay a nominal $50 annual fee.

Members in the retired class will not be required to participate in the Continuing Competence Program (CCP).

Important Note: Members in the retired class will not be able to move back into the general class unless they re-apply to the College and meet all of the registration requirements. Members who are not currently practising but intend to return to practice in the future may wish to apply for a certificate of registration in the inactive class.

Please contact the College’s Membership Department for more information at info@ocswssw.org or call 416-972-9882 or 1-877-828-9380 (toll free):

  • Paul Cucci, Membership Manager, ext. 202.
  • Anne Vézina, Membership Administrator (bilingual), ext. 211.