Douglas College

Douglas College

Pursuant to s. 9 (1) of the Social Workers Act, the BC College of Social Workers has established qualifications to become a Registered Social Worker in BC.1 The qualification for education is graduation with a degree in social work (or credential equivalent to a degree in social work) from an academic program approved by the Board.2, 3 The Board has approved academic programs at educational institutions accredited by the Canadian Association of Social Work Education in Canada and by the Council on Social Work Education in the USA.4

For a list of accredited universities in Canada, click here. For a list of accredited universities in the USA, click here.

On September 16, 2017, the BCCSW Board voted to provisionally approve the Douglas College Bachelor of Social Work program, on the understanding that Douglas College will use best efforts to obtain appropriate accreditation for the program at the earliest opportunity.

For more information about how to register, click here.
For more information, please contact BCCSW at info@bccsw.ca.

 

 


1 See ss. 3(2)(c) and 9(1)(h) of the Social Workers Act which provide as follows:
3(2) The college has the following objects:
(c) to establish the qualifications required for registration as a registrant;

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9(1) Subject to this Act and the regulations, the board may, with the approval of the minister, make bylaws to do any of the following:
(h) establish the qualifications required for registration as a registrant;

2 See s. 41(1) of the College’s Bylaws which provides as follows:
41(1) For the purposes of section 9(1)(h) of the Act, the requirements for full registration are
(a) graduation from an academic program approved by the board with
(i) a baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degree in social work; or
(ii) a credential in social work equivalent to an undergraduate or postgraduate baccalaureate, master’s, or doctoral degree in social work;

3 Under s. 41(2) of the Bylaws, there is also a registration process for those with international degrees and for those with degrees related to social work
4 BC College of Social Workers Policy Manual, 2010 at p. 37: “The current approved educational institutions are those accredited by the Canadian Association of Social Work Education and by the Council on Social Work Education in the U.S.A.”