Becoming a Registered Social Worker in BC
THE BC ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS IS NOT THE REGULATORY BODY FOR SOCIAL WORKERS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA.
The BC College of Social Workers (BCCSW) is the regulatory body for the profession. Their mandate is to protect the public by registering social workers who meet the minimum requirements, encouraging high standards of practice and investigating and resolving complaints about the practice of Registered Social Workers. It is not mandatory to be registered with the BCCSW in order to obtain work in British Columbia. Social workers with the government, health regions, school boards and other public sector agencies are exempt from this requirement. However, some employers do require registration in their hiring policies. Other agencies may employ people with social work qualifications, but if they are not called social workers they are not required to be registered.
The BCCSW may register anyone with a BSW, MSW, or Ph.D. in social work from an approved university. In Canada this means a social work program accredited by the An American program must be accredited with the Council on Social Work Education. For further information, contact BCCSW