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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.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the BC College of Social Workers will be held on the University of British Columbia, Point Grey Campus. This notice is provided in compliance with the Bylaws of the College.
The details of the meeting are:

Date: April 24, 2015
Time: 3:30 to 5:00
Location: University of BC – Buchanan Theater Room A103

In addition to the regular business that must be done at the AGM, attendees will learn about:

  • The College’s ongoing public awareness campaign
  • Licensure examination implementation for new applicants
  • Work to date on new Standards of Practice
  • Continuing Professional Development trends and frequently asked questions

While registrants are encouraged to attend the meeting in-person we also recognize that both the location and timing of the meeting will not suit many registrants. To increase access and availability to the meeting, we are planning on webcasting the session through livestream TV.  Live Stream technology should allow anyone with a connection to the internet, in any location, with almost any device to tune in and take part in the meeting.  We hope to be able to provide the link to join the webcast as planning for this event continues.
More information about the meeting will follow shortly.

Registration Reinstatement

The registration renewal deadline was January31. If you did not renew your registration, you do have the opportunity to reinstate your registration. Reinstatement must be completed by April 30, 2015.

For information about reinstatement, including the cost and access to the forms, please see the Renewals page under the Registrants menu item.

CPD Reporting

The CPD reporting tool for 2015 is now available through the member portal. Submissions may only be made through the online tool. Here are the steps to complete the process:

      1. Log into the member portal with your registration number and password
      2. Click CPD from the menu.
      3. Click “Goals and Activities”
      4. Click “New Goal” to create and enter a new goal. Make sure to save your description. Repeat for multiple goals.
      5. Within each goal, click “Add Activity” to log your activities/. Choose the category of learning and write a brief description. Enter the hours spent and a completed date if complete.
      6. Remember that there are 15 hours maximums for each learning category. You can use different categories to maximize your professional development.

Once you have met the hourly requirement, you need to:

    1. Write and save a short “Statement on Learning”.
    2. Click “Submit to College” tab, check the declaration and click save.

College Conversation is now available

The Fall/Winter edition of the College Conversation is available from our website. Please click here to access the newsletter page. Issue 10 is full of lots of information including general updates and an article about closing a private practice.

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.