If your social work academic credentials have been evaluated by The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) as equivalent to a minimum of a bachelor of social work obtained from a social work program accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education, you will likely meet the academic requirements for the issuance of a general certificate of registration for social work.

NOTE: If you have not already had your academic credentials in social work from a university outside Canada and the United States evaluated by CASW, you must do so. The CASW website provides the information you need to start the credential evaluation process of your international social work degree. You may start the application process with the College at the same time as you are waiting for the completed evaluation of your academic qualifications by CASW. Ensure that the CASW forwards a signed and dated letter confirming the outcome of the social work credential evaluation directly to the College. Applicants are responsible for any fees that apply to have their credentials assessed.

NOTE: If the CASW evaluation concludes that your academic credentials are not equivalent to at least a Canadian bachelor of social work degree, please contact the College to discuss your individual circumstances, or go to Graduates of Non-Accredited Social Work Programs.

For a list of helpful links for internationally educated applicants, please visit our Relevant Links page.

How to Apply

  1. Information for All Applicants
    Before downloading the appropriate registration guide, application form and, if applicable, supplemental form, please ensure you read the important information (including citizenship, language proficiency and translation requirements) found on the Information for All Applicants page. See also information for the Internationally Educated Applicants and the Ryerson Bridging Program.
  2. CASW
    Ensure that the CASW sends a letter directly to the College, confirming the results of the social work credential evaluation.
  3. Fees
    The registration fee and non-refundable application fee must be enclosed with each application. Click here for more information about the fees.

Mail your completed application form, any other documents you submit yourself, and the full fees to the College. The review process will begin only after the College has received all your documents and fees. The College will contact you if more information is required. Once the College has all your documents, it typically takes four to six weeks to process your application. The process may take longer if the College requires more information. Documents submitted to the College become property of the College.

Download the following forms, and if applicable, a supplemental form for a general certificate of registration in social work:

*Before completing the application form, please read the Registration Guide for further requirements.

If you have questions about the application process, you may contact the College at 416-972-9882 or toll free 1-877-828-9380 or email Registration.