To register as a social worker or social service worker with the College, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Pay a non-refundable $100 application fee.
  • Pay the annual registration fee.
  • Be able to speak and write either English or French with reasonable fluency.
  • Be a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident or authorized to practise social work or social service work under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada).
  • Disclose any current proceeding in relation to professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity and other similar proceeding (for example, a complaint or discipline proceeding) in any jurisdiction.
  • Disclose any findings of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity in any jurisdiction.
  • Disclose any findings of guilt in relation to criminal or other offences.
  • In addition, based on your past and present conduct, the College must have reasonable grounds to believe that you:
    a. do not have any physical or mental condition or disorder that could affect your ability to practise social work or social service work in a safe manner.
    b. will practise social work or social service work, with decency, integrity and honesty and in accordance with the law.
    c. have sufficient knowledge, skill and judgment to practise social work or social service work.
  • You must have engaged in the practice of social work or social service work within the five years immediately before the date of the application, or otherwise satisfy the Registrar that you are competent to perform the role of a social worker or social service worker. Note: This requirement does not apply to applicants who have obtained the academic qualifications required for registration with the College within the five years before the date of application.
  • Specific details with respect to academic requirements and experience are also outlined depending on which application route you choose from the main menu.

Professional Conduct and Health

If you answered “Yes” to any of the questions on the application form relating to Professional Conduct and Health (other than the question relating to physical or mental condition or disorder), you must attach an explanation and any relevant supporting documentation to your application form.

If you answered “Yes” to the question on the application form relating to physical or mental condition or disorder that could affect your ability to practise social work or social service work in a safe manner, you must attach an explanation regarding the ways in which your physical or mental condition or disorder could affect your ability to practise in a safe manner.