Non-Practicing Membership

A non-practicing membership is available as an option only at registration renewal for current registered social workers (RSWs) and non-practicing members who will not be engaged in the practice of social work in Newfoundland and Labrador as defined by the Social Workers Act due to being on extended leave, residing in another jurisdiction or not working.  Employment in a related or unrelated field does not qualify for non-practicing membership.  Non-practicing members are not eligible to use the title social worker, registered social worker or to engage in the practice of the profession in Newfoundland and Labrador. 

Individuals renewing as non-practicing members would complete online renewal through MyNLCSW including submission of the $150 annual fee.  

A non-practicing membership can be maintained indefinitely for those not seeking a return to active practice.




As required under the Social Workers Regulations, re-entry to practice requirements for non-practicing members with no membership lapse are as follows:

Non-Practicing Membership Requirements to Return
1-3 years as a non-practicing member Non-practicing members can return to active social work practice at any time without additional educational requirements
3-5 years as a non-practicing member Non-practicing members who have been non-practicing for more than 3 years but less than 5 years can return to active social work practice by submitting 40 credits if non-practicing for 4 years and 80 credits if non-practicing for 5 years as per CPE Policy statement.  These credits can be completed at any time throughout the 4-5 year period that an individual has maintained a non-practicing membership.
5 years or more as a non-practicing member Successful completion of the Association of Social Work Boards Exam is required.  Exam details are available by clicking here.

One year is equivalent to one registration year. The registration year runs from March 1 to February 28 of any given year.

All non-practicing members returning to active social work practice complete the online application through MyNLCSW including submission of the $250 fee in addition to requirements outlined in the table above.