Social work in Newfoundland and Labrador is regulated under provincial legislation titled An Act Respecting the Practice of Social Work (Social Workers Act). Registration with NLCSW grants the Registered Social Worker (RSW) designation which is required to use the title social worker or to practice within the scope of the social work profession in this province.
Benefits of active registration include:
· A license to practice social work in Newfoundland and Labrador
· Affiliation with the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW)
· Access to valuable practice resources
NEW Applicants for the 2022-23 registration year (March 1, 2022 - February 28, 2023) must submit all of the following:
- Completed online application through MyNLCSW including submission of all applicable fees. This includes a $50 non-refundable application processing fee plus $400 active registration fee. The fee is prorated for first time registrants after October 1 of a given registration year. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details required to access MyNLCSW.
- The online application requires submission of proof of identity. Acceptable proof of identity includes current government issued photo identification which includes the date and year of birth of the applicant. The photo identification must be issued in the same name as the application for registration.
- A certificate of conduct/police records check with vulnerable sector inquiry completed within the last three (3) months.
- Official confirmation of social work education. Original transcripts are required. Proof of social work education must be sent directly from the university to the NLCSW's mailing address (PO Box 39039, St. John’s, NL A1E 5Y7).
- If English is not your first language, please click here for more information.
- The Social Workers Regulations which accompany the Social Workers Act require applicants in the following categories to successfully complete the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) exam as a condition of active registration:
- applicants who have been previously registered as a social worker but let their registration lapse for three years or more. For previous registrants in NL, the three years is counted from the date that social work registration in NL expired. Registration expires annually on February 28th. For those registered previously with another regulatory body, three years is counted from the date that the registration with that regulatory body expired as indicated on the verification of registration form.
- applicants who have graduated from an accredited social work program more than three years ago and have never been registered. The three years is counted from the date the degree was conferred as indicated on the official degree transcript.
Details regarding the exam process are available by clicking here.
FAQ New Applicants
A detailed FAQ module is available at FAQs | NLCSW. This module addresses many of the common inquiries received from new applicants.
Applicants who have been registered as a social worker In another jurisdiction must also submit:
A completed Verification of Registration form
official confirmation of social work education for applicants educated in CANADA:
Bachelors, masters or doctoral degree in social work from a university accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE).
official confirmation of social work education for applicants educated in the United states:
- Masters degree in social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
- Bachelors degree in social work accredited by the CSWE including proof of a minimum of 700 hours of field placement.
official confirmation of social work education for applicants educated outside of canada/US:
International equivalence to a bachelors or masters degree accredited by the CASWE. Further information is available on the CASW website.
The registrar can consult with the NLCSW Registration Committee regarding the assessment of applications for registration in accordance with Section 20 (2) of the Social Workers Act. The Registration Committee is comprised of 7 registered social workers appointed by the NLCSW Board of Directors.
Appeals of the decision of the registrar concerning registration are heard by the NLCSW Board of Directors.
Individuals who reapply for social work registration within the first year after their registration has lapsed must meet requirements for reinstatement including:
• completion of the online reinstatement application including submission of all applicable fees, and
• submission of an original certificate of conduct with vulnerable sector inquiry completed within the last three (3) months.
Please contact email@example.com for details required to access MyNLCSW.
Registered social workers must renew their registration annually. The MyNLCSW online portal begins accepting renewals from current members in mid-January each year for the upcoming registration year. Current members will be notified via email when online renewal is open. The annual renewal deadline is February 15 (midnight island time).