Active Registration

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)

·         Continuing Education opportunities

·         Access to ethical consultations

·         Access to valuable practice resources

·         Opportunity to promote and contribute to the social work profession through membership in NLCSW committees


2021-22 online renewal now open for current registrants

The online portal is now accepting renewals from current registrants for the 2021-22 registration year.  The renewal deadline is February 15, 2021 (midnight Island time).  The following are some helpful tips/reminders:

  • Log into using your registration number and password.  A 'forgot my registration number/password' option is available on the login screen.
  • Please note that references to NLASW will continue to be seen throughout the online portal as part of 2021 renewal.
  • Clicking 'next' at the end of each step will save any details that have been inputted and take you to the next step in the process.
  • The review step provides an opportunity to review/edit information prior to submission as well as an option to print renewal details or save as a pdf.
  • The final step is payment of fees.  The 2021 active registration fee is $400.  Online payment options include Visa or MasterCard.  Members who availed of payroll deduction during the 2020 calendar year have been pre-identified in the online system.
  • Once you click 'save and submit', you will receive an email confirming that your renewal information has been received.  Once your renewal has been processed by NLCSW staff, you will receive official confirmation via email with a tax receipt.  The Member Search feature on the NLCSW website will also be updated automatically upon processing.

Have questions regarding renewal?  Check out these helpful resources:

NEW Applicants for the 2021-22 registration year (March 1, 2021 - February 28, 2022) 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 plus $400 active registration.  The fee is prorated for first time registrants after October 1 of a given registration year.  Please contact 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.
  • An original certificate of conduct/police records check with vulnerable sector inquiry completed within the last three (3) months. Electronic copies are not accepted.  Applicants are encouraged to retain a copy for employment purposes.
  •   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.
  • The original documentation referenced above must be forwarded to 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.


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 six 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.

New applicants for the remainder of the 2020-21 registration year

The current 2020-21 registration year will expire on February 28, 2021.  New applicants applying for the remainder of the 2020-21 registration year would submit the same paperwork as outlined for new 2021-22 applicants.  Following processing of the 2020-21 application, completion of the online renewal application for 2021-22 would be required.


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, and
  • submission of an original certificate of conduct with vulnerable sector inquiry completed within the last three (3) months.  

Please contact for details required to access MyNLCSW.