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 Election

The deadline to submit nomination and nomination consent forms to the Board of the BC College of Social Workers is Thursday, August 28, 2014. Further information about the election is available under the ‘Election’ tab.

The old adage that time flies appears to be true. Here it is, election time again. In 2013, we held our most successful election ever, if the total number of ballots cast is an indicator of success. This year, the College will be using a similar approach; online voting through a secure site for registrants with email and paper ballots for those without email. For this year’s election, we will be providing greater details about composition of the board and the nominees.
By law, we are required to send the notice of election and the notice must contain information about the nomination and election procedures.

Here is a summary of the nominations and election procedures. (In the event of conflicting information, the Bylaws will be deemed accurate and correct.)
• There are four (4) vacant positions,
• A nominee must be nominated and consent to the nomination,
• Any registrant may nominate up to two registrants,
• Nominees must declare that they will abide by the Act and election procedures,
• Nominations and consent forms must be received by August 28, 2014.

• Balloting begins September 24, 2014 and ends October 10, 2014,
• The persons with the most votes are elected,
• The two-year term of office begins January 2015.

For more information, please visit the elections page on the College’s website or call the office.

This notice is posted in compliance with the Social Workers Act and Bylaws of the College.

Introduction to the CPD Planner

Do you want to see the CPD planning tool in action? Click here for an MP4 video. It may take a few minutes for the file to load and will require a computer that can play an MP4 file.

AGM Presentation

The presentation made by Makhan Shergill and Chelsea Cooledge is available 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 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.