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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.

Reinstatement of Registration

Registrants who failed to renew their registration by January 31st are no longer registered with the College. Former registrants whose registration status is ‘Cancelled’ are ineligible to practice and unable to use the title ‘Registered Social Worker’.

If you missed the deadline and still wish to be registered, you are able to reinstate your registration at a cost totaling the original renewal amount plus an additional 35% reinstatement fee. Please see our Renewals page for fee information. Click the link below to download the reinstatement form:

Registration reinstatement form

Completed forms and fees must be received on or before April 30th by mail, scan/email, or fax. Personal cheques will be accepted until April 15th. Reinstatements received after April 30th will not be accepted and registration for those individuals will be closed permanently.

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.