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BC College of Social Workers

The BC College of Social Workers (BCCSW) is the regulatory body for the practice of social work in British Columbia. Our mandate is to protect the public interest by establishing and supporting high standards for qualified Registered Social Workers.

Holiday hours and office closure

Please note the hours for the office of the College as follows:

December 24 – 09:00 – 14:00
December 25 – Closed
December 26 – Closed
December 31 – 09:00 – 14:00
January 1 – Closed

The staff of the College take this opportunity to wish everyone a safe holiday season.

Wanted: Registrant volunteers for committee work

The BC College of Social Workers is currently seeking registrants to join one or more of the College’s committees. With new developments under way, it’s an exciting time to be involved in the activities of the College. Please click Committee volunteers for more info.

Registration Renewals

Registration renewals are now available. Renewals must be completed by January 31, 2015.

The most convenient, safe and environmentally friendly way to renew your registration is to log into your online member service account and follow the four easy steps. To access your online account, click the ‘Member Login’.

Adult guardianship training- update

The Government recently brought into force new regulations concerning adult guardianship practice in BC. As part of those changes, the College was required to develop Standards, Limits, and Conditions. Details may be found here. As part of that work, the College developed a scope of practice statement which, in compliance with the regulation, requires that registrants who are either selected by their employer or wish to provide a private service in the event of a request for a second assessment must complete a training program prior to providing that service. Not all registrants are required to take the course. Only those selected by an employer or a registrant who wishes to provide the service are required to take the program.

Please note the following. The course referred to in the scope of practice statement is an online course developed by the Ministry of Health and available through the PHSA learning hub.

The courses listed in conditions 1(b) and 1(c) are not currently available.

Please note the following:

    1. The online course is the mandatory requirement under the college’s conditions.
    2. The online course is the currently the only program accepted under condition 1(a). The conditions listed in 1(b) and 1(c) are not currently available.
    3. The online course is available for anyone who wants to take it, but is intended for health authority staff selected by the health authorities for conducting the functional component of the assessment and issuing certificates of incapability.
    4. You will need to create an account on the PHSA learning hub to access the course

Criminal Records Review Act

The Criminal Records Review Act (CRRA) requires that persons registered with professional regulatory colleges undergo a CRRA check not less than every five years. As a registrant of the BC College of Social Workers, the CRRA requires registrants to consent to the criminal records review check. Registrants who are due for the five-year check will be notified by mail. The required consent for is available here for those who prefer to print the form.

If you encounter any difficulty opening the link to the form, please email the College at info@bccsw.ca and we will arrange to have this form emailed or mailed to you.

Important Information for Applicants without a social work degree

The Board of the College recently adopted a new policy that clarified the requirements for applicants without a social work degree. The Bylaws of the College provide for a person with a related degree to make application. This new policy provides information about the types of degrees that are considered “related” and other requirements.

For applicants without a social work degree effective January 1, 2013- click here for details.