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.

Statement from the BCCSW Board of Directors

The BC College of Social Workers confirms that, as of June 23, 2016, Mr. John Mayr is no longer Registrar of the College. During his time as Registrar, the College achieved a number of milestones, including formalizing strategic planning; investing in a campaign designed to raise awareness of social work regulation; introducing the Continuing Professional Development program and licensure exams; and, importantly, implementing the Towards Developing A Respectful Relationship reconciliation process. The members of the Board thank John for his years of service to the College and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

The College also confirms that, as of July 1, 2016, Ms. Chelsea Cooledge, RSW, has been appointed Acting Registrar until December 31, 2016.

Curtis Magnuson, RSW
Chair, BC College of Social Workers

Disruptions to Mail Delivery Expected

If Canada Post workers go on strike or are locked out after July 2nd, the College will do our best to courier important documents to registrants in a timely manner. As usual, the majority of the College’s communications will continue to be conducted over email.

Please ensure that you have provided the College with a current email address in the ‘Personal Information’ section of your online member services account.

Assisted Dying Legislation Receives Royal Assent

Bill C-14 – “an Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (medical assistance in dying)” – has received Royal Assent and is, or will soon become, law. Read the full legislation HERE.

Criminal Justice Branch Issues Guidelines for Prosecutors Dealing with Physician-Assisted Death

The British Columbia Criminal Justice Branch has issued guidelines for prosecutors dealing with physician-assisted death. These guidelines are intended to address a lack of clarity with respect to the application of the Criminal Code provisions to non-physician medical professionals. The Branch recognizes that a physician-assisted death may require the involvement of various healthcare professionals. Read the full media statement HERE.

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 email. Please ensure the College has your current email address, which you can update in the ‘Personal Information’ section of your Member Services account. The required consent form is available HERE.

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.