As a member of the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers, you must pay your membership fees annually, by December 31. Keeping your membership current is important. It demonstrates your commitment to professional, ethical, qualified and accountable practice. It also says something important about the professions of social work and social service work as a whole, and about you as an individual practitioner.
The renewal season will commence in early November 2021. You will be sent a notice via email once the College’s member renewal period is open. The deadline to complete your membership renewal and payment for the year 2022 is December 31, 2021.
New members who were issued a certificate of registration at any time in 2021 are required to complete their 2022 annual renewal of registration and provide confirmation of participation in the Continuing Competence Program (CCP) for the year 2021. For more information about the CCP, please visit the College website.
Renew your membership online
Once the renewal period is open, follow these easy steps to renew your membership online:
- Log in to your Online Member Services using your User ID (your OCSWSSW registration number) and your password.
- Click on the “2022 Renewals” link on the top left-hand side of your screen and select “2022 Renewals” to complete the annual renewal of registration form and payment.
Please note: mobile phones or tablets may not be compatible with the online renewal. We recommend using a laptop or desktop computer to complete your renewal.
Payment methods accepted include credit card (Visa or Mastercard), Visa debit, Mastercard debit, cheque, money order, or bank draft.
For more information regarding your membership renewal, please refer to the Guide for Online Renewal.
Tax receipts and member cards available online
Tax receipts and member cards will be available online following payment of the annual renewal fee. To access your tax receipt and member card, please follow the steps below:
- Log in to your Online Member Services.
- Click “Renewal Receipts” from the menu.
- From the Membership Renewal History grid, click on the “Membership card and Receipt” of the selected Membership Year to open a PDF file that you can print, save or send by email.
2022 annual fees
As stated in a May 2021 eBulletin, College Council approved the recommendation of the Finance Committee that there be no increase to the registration and member fees in 2022. In making this decision, Council carefully considered the significant and ongoing impact of COVID-19, the College’s operating costs, resource needs and other factors.
Every year, the Council carefully considers the College’s financial situation, reviews cash flow projections and approves fees for the following year. This annual review ensures that the College responds to changes in the environment in a fiscally responsible and flexible manner, while ensuring its ongoing capacity to fulfill its public protection mandate.
The 2022 annual fees are as follows:
Annual fee for a general class certificate of registration $360
Registration fee for new members in the general class $360 + $100 application fee
of certificate of registration
New graduate registration fee* $260 + $100 application fee
Inactive class of certificate of registration $180
Retired class of certificate of registration $50
*New graduates are eligible for a $100 membership fee exemption for the first two years of membership if they apply for registration no later than December 31 of the year they obtain their degree or diploma.
Remember: Only professionals registered with the College are allowed to use the titles “social worker,” “registered social worker,” “social service worker” or “registered social service worker.”
Questions about the annual fees can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.