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 and its Regulation. Phase one of the program began on April 1, 2016.
The purpose of the Continuing Competence program is to promote excellence in social work practice and support the continual development of professional competence throughout Social Workers’ careers.
* Non-practicing, temporary and student registrants are not required to participate in the Continuing Competence Program.
ONGOING CONTINUING COMPETENCE PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS
Beginning April 1, 2016, Practicing Social Workers are required to complete 75 hours of Continuing Competence activities over a three-year reporting period to include the following:
- A minimum of 40 hours of Formal Activities within the three year reporting period
- A portion of the 40 hours of Formal Activities must include direct learning activities
- Direct learning activities refers to professional development involving the receipt of knowledge (as opposed to sharing knowledge/delivering education through classroom delivery)
- Training specific to the registrant’s area of social work practice
- Knowledge of cultural diversity and the pluralistic nature of Manitoba
- Knowledge of and skills related to indigenous peoples, including their history, culture and spirituality
- Knowledge about social and economic justice issues, including systemic barriers and causes of social needs and problems
- Knowledge and skills in working with communities and groups
* EFFECTIVE APRIL 1, 2017, ALL NEW REGISTRANTS ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE MCSW ETHICS AND STANDARDS E-LEARNING WORKSHOP WITHIN THE FIRST YEAR OF REGISTRATION IN THE PRACTICING CATEGORY