The Continuing Competence Program promotes excellence in social work practice and supports the continual development of professional competence throughout Social Workers’ careers.

The Manitoba College of Social Workers (MCSW) is mandated to establish and maintain a Continuing Competence Program in accordance with The Social Work Profession Act (SWPA) and its Regulation.

Download the CCP Toolkit for the 2022-2025 cycle

Print the CCP Requirements Renewal Checklist here.






Complete Self-Assessment and Learning Plan


Complete MCSW Ethics E-Learning

Complete 75 hours of CCP activities

At least 40 of the 75 hours are Formal and these formal hours include a combined total of 8 hrs of content specific workshops in the subject areas of:

1) MCSW Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice

2) Social Work with Indigenous Peoples

*new members are pro-rated into the current 3-year reporting cycle. 

*Temporary and student members are not required to participate in CCP.   

*Non practicing members are not required to participate in CCP while in the non practicing category; CCP hours are pro-rated to reflect this.  Non practicing members are required to satisfy all CCP requirements they were responsible to complete while in the Practicing category during the 3 year CCP cycle.

Non-practicing members may choose to complete CCP hours and use the hours towards their overall CCP requirements if the hours are completed within the required reporting cycle.

All members are encouraged to log into their Member Portal to review their specific CCP hours requirements.


Ongoing CCP Requirements

Practicing Social Workers must complete 75 hours of CCP activities over a three-year reporting period to include the following:

  1. A minimum of 40 hours of Formal Activities
  2. A portion of the 40 hours of Formal Activities must include direct learning activities.  Direct learning activities refers to the receipt of knowledge (as opposed to sharing knowledge/delivering education or volunteering.)
  3. Training specific to the registrant’s area of social work practice
  4. Knowledge of cultural diversity and the pluralistic nature of Manitoba
  5. Knowledge of and skills related to Indigenous Peoples, including their history, culture and spirituality; Canada’s relationship with Indigenous Peoples and reconciliation, mutually respectful relationships and cultural safety.
  6. Knowledge about social and economic justice issues, including systemic barriers and causes of social needs and problems
  7. Knowledge and skills in working with individuals, communities and groups

Activities must be logged for the current cycle and cannot be carried over to the next cycle.  

Current 3-year reporting period:

April 1, 2022 – March 31, 2025


Content Specific, 8 Hour Workshop Requirements

Within every 3-year CCP cycle* Practicing Social Workers must participate in a combined total of 8 formal hours of workshops that include each of the following topics:

  • MCSW Code of Ethics & Standards of Practice
  • Social Work with Indigenous Peoples

For example, a member might complete 5 hours of learning activities on the topic of Social Work with Indigenous Peoples and 3 hours of learning activities on the topic of the MCSW Code of Ethics & Standards of Practice.  Another example, if you have 8 hours on the topic of MCSW Code of Ethics & Standards of Practice, then you must obtain a minimum of 1 hour in Social Work with Indigenous Peoples to be compliant with the program (or vice versa).

The 8-hours of workshops may be included as part of the overall 75-hour/3-year requirement.

 (a) Ethics e-Learning 

*All new Practicing Social Workers are required to complete the MCSW Ethics e-Learning within the first year of registration.

This online workshop includes 12 modules specifically related to the MCSW Code of Ethics & Standards of Practice.  Review of both the MCSW Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice is required prior to beginning the Ethics e-Learning workshop.

The review and the e-Learning will take approximately 2-4 hours to complete and is eligible for 4 hours of CCP activities.

Workshop Registration

To register for the MCSW Ethics and Standards e-Learning workshop, members can click here or use the Ethics e-Learning button on the MCSW home page and follow these steps:

  1. Create a new account
    An e-Learning account is different from a member’s online MCSW member profile. Members must create a new username and password.
  2. Confirm account by email
    An account confirmation email will be sent to the registered email address from noreply@viewsource.ca. Check junk or spam folders if not found in inbox. Contact the College at 204-888-9477 if needed.
  3. Once the e-Learning account is confirmed, registrants can login
  4. Read through the e-Learning outline and submit workshop fee ($25.00)
  5. Begin the e-Learning workshop

Once registered, members can login from the MCSW website anywhere the internet is available and complete the e-Learning modules as time permits.  E-Learning progress will be saved as members work through the modules.

A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to members following completion of all modules of the Ethics e-Learning.  Members should add the Certificate to their CCP Portfolio and retain for 5 years in the event of an audit.  Members are required to enter these hours in their CCP log located in their Member Portal.

(b) Updated Guidelines for Content Specific Workshops

As of May 2021 Content Specific Workshops no longer require College pre-approval and no longer have a separate timeline from the 3-year cycle.


Is The Workshop/Learning Activity/Event “On Topic”?

Does the workshop(s) content meet the following criteria?

  • MCSW Code of Ethics & Standards of Practice
    • formal activities related to;
      • Manitoba College of Social Workers Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice
  • Social Work with Indigenous Peoples
    • formal activities related to;
      • the history, culture and spirituality of Indigenous Peoples
      • Canada’s relationship with Indigenous Peoples, and
      • Reconciliation, mutually respectful relationship and cultural safety


Is The Workshop/Learning Activity/Event a formal activity, in other words is it interactive?

Workshops are defined as continuing competence activities that include an interactive component. Examples include in-person workshops, live webinars that include interaction with presenters (audio or written), on-line training that includes input from participant (i.e. quizzes, tests, practice scenarios) and events with interaction with facilitators. Webcast hours are not eligible for submission in this category.

If “On Topic” And Interactive

If the workshop is an “on topic” and interactive learning activity members must complete a Content Specific Workshop Evaluation Form and retain it in their CCP portfolio.

Content Specific Workshop Evaluation Form

(c) FAQ’s

  1. How do I learn about upcoming free MCSW and/or CASW webinars?
    • MCSW advertises webinars delivered in partnership with CASW on the MCSW website and circulates this information through member e-bulletins.  You can also access a complete list of webinars offered by CASW in partnership with other provinces and territories on the CASW website.
  2. Are there other online interactive learning options related to Social Work with Indigenous Peoples?


Categories of CCP Activities

Members will be required to demonstrate evidence of how their CCP activities fulfill the CCP requirements in the event of an audit.

(a) Formal activities

  • participating in certificate programs;
  • attending conferences, seminars, conventions, workshops and lectures;
  • interactive webinars/e-learning;
  • attending cross cultural training;
  • participating in traditional sharing circles, teachings or ceremonies
  • attending workplace in-service training;
  • participating as a student or lecturer of university or college courses;
  • delivering a university or college presentation as part of a course, conference or seminar;
  • acting as a field instructor for an accredited (CASWE, CSWE) or MCSW approved social work programs (maximum CCP 10 hours per registration year April 1 – March 31);
  • researching issues related to the practice of social work and publishing research results;
  • volunteering with community social service organizations in a direct service capacity;
  • volunteering as a board or committee member for a community agency related to social work or attending meetings of a board or a committee related to social work;
  • participating in a committee or chapter of the Manitoba College of Social Workers;
  • attending the Annual General Meeting of the Manitoba College of Social Workers

(b) Informal activities

  • reading journals, books or internet material;
  • viewing videos and webcasts;
  • attending community presentations and learning sessions;
  • participating in organized group discussions;
  • completing a self-assessment and preparing a learning plan for the Manitoba College of Social Worker Continuing Competence Program (maximum CCP 2 hours)


Recording & Reporting Requirements

Entering your CCP Activities

Social Workers must input/update their CCP activities in the CCP Log located on their Member Portal in order to renew their registration.

Members who have been registered in the practicing category for any portion of the 3-year cycle will be required to complete a pro-rated number hours based on their time in the practicing category.  To review individualized CCP hour requirements members can log into the Member Portal and review the continuing competence section.

Use this Continuing Competence Program Renewal Checklist to review the annual and cyclical reporting requirements due at renewal in February annually.

Download the Continuing Competence Tracking Log for personal use or if required to submit the tracking log due to a conditional renewal.

Recording/reporting informal hours may include:

  • notes on content/reflections related to reading materials, webcasts, documentaries, community presentations, organized group discussion etc.
  • signed verification by representative of an organization or employer of organized group discussion hours.
  • record informal hours by entering the time it takes to complete the task and note your reflections.

Maintain a CCP Portfolio with all records, documentation and verification.

Due to the volume of members, College staff are unable to review and confirm CCP log entries.  Please use the CCP Toolkit to navigate the program and confirm accuracy of entries.  The College will review CCP portfolios in the event of an audit.


Self-Assessment & Learning Plans

Competence is maintained and acquired through reflective practice, lifelong learning and integration of learning into practice. Practicing Social Workers must complete a self-assessment of their learning needs and goals. Based upon that assessment, they must develop a learning plan with objectives to be self-evaluated and updated annually as part of the registration renewal process.

Practicing members are required to submit their first self-assessment and learning plan within 30 days of the activation of their registration.  The learning goals identified in this plan will guide CCP activities to be completed during the current three-year cycle.

Updated self-assessment and learning plans will be due at the beginning of each three-year cycle for all practicing members. 

Instructions on how to update your Self-Assessment and Learning Plan.

  1. Review the check boxes in the self assessment and adjust if needed
  2. Learning Plan review:
    • Learning goal completed? Enter the appropriate dates and any pertinent information and save.  Do not delete completed goals
    • Still working on the goal? Leave the goal as is.
    • New learning goal to add? Add the goal.

Hard copies of the Self-Assessment and Learning Plan are available as a tool only.  Members must submit and update assessments and learning plans electronically via the Member Portal.  Paper copies of the form are not accepted.


CCP Portfolio

All Practicing Social Workers are required to retain documentation of their CCP activities.

Certificates, letters of completion, emailed registration confirmations, notes taken, copies of Power Points, etc. must be retained by Practicing Social Workers for a minimum of five years.  This is referred to as a CCP Portfolio.

Practicing Social Workers are encouraged to input their CCP activities into their CCP Log found in their Member Portal as they complete the activities.  Members are also encouraged to keep their personal CCP portfolios organized, accurate and up-to-date.


CCP Audits

Members are required to provide documented evidence of completion of CCP activities at the request of the College.  All records and documents relating to CCP activities must be retained for a minimum of five years, to be provided promptly in the event of an audit.

If selected for an audit, a member will be asked to:

  • Update CCP activities on their CCP Log via their Member Portal (if not already up-to-date)
  • Submit CCP Portfolio (which contains supporting documentation of CCP activities) within a defined, short timeline.


MCSW/CASW Scholarship Information

MCSW, in partnership CASW and BMS, offers scholarships to assist Social Workers to attend educational events which align with the mission and purpose of CASW/MCSW and uphold the values of the CASW/MCSW Code of Ethics. Applicants are eligible for a maximum scholarship amount of $750.00. The following application deadlines apply:

  • January 15 for educational events taking place after January 15 and within one year of February 15
  • June 15 for educational events taking place after June 15 and within one year of July 15

Review eligibility requirements, found in the Scholarship Policy, prior to submitting an application.

Application Form


Free Learning Activities

MCSW membership provides membership with the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW).  CASW has responded to member requests for free training and research literature opportunities.  For more information, explore the CASW website.

Create a login to access many free learning opportunities including webinars and on-line resources.  For informal learning activities, the Social Work Reference Center which includes EBSCO Health, has hundreds of articles relevant to Social Workers.

Clink the links below to find additional free online educational opportunities.  If members find more, please let us know and we will add to this list.




Social Work with Indigenous Peoples



Social Work Code of Ethics/Standards of Practice

CASW webinars (look for the Ethics tag in the description)

Low Fee Learning Activity – Social Work Code of Ethics/Standards of Practice

Ethics eLearning  $25

Members can retake the online MCSW Ethics eLearning. Members will need to register as a NEW USER under a different email address to access the modules an additional time. 

Informal Learning Hours (can’t be counted as content-specific)

Treaty Promises: Rekindling Indigenous-Crown Land Relationships in Canada – David Suzuki Foundation



Request for Workshop Proposals

The Manitoba College of Social Workers (MCSW / the College) invites workshop proposals from organizations/individuals that wish to offer sessions to an audience of MCSW members/national social workers.

MCSW hosts the following events:

  • Social Work Week (third week of March)
  • Education Event held in the fall
  • Lunch & learn webinars throughout the year

Please submit a Request for Proposal to the College (admin@mcsw.ca) by the corresponding deadline date:

  • Social Work Week (February 1)
  • Education Event (August 1)
  • Webinar Proposals (accepting submissions throughout the year)