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.

* Non-practicing, temporary and student members are not required to participate in CCP.

Download the CCP Toolkit

Download the CCP Tracking Form

Download the CCP Overview PowerPoint

Watch the CCP Overview Webcast – Nov. 20, 2018


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
  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 communities and groups


Content Specific, 8 Hour Workshop Requirements

During the first year of registration and every 5 years thereafter, Practicing Social Workers must participate in a total of 8 hours of workshops approved by MCSW 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. The 8-hours of workshops may be included as part of the overall 75-hour/3-year requirement.

 (a) Ethics e-Learning 

*Effective April 1, 2017, 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.

(b) Guidelines for Content Specific Workshops

To assist members to fulfill the requirements of the Continuing Competence Program, the College has developed a list of Approved Continuing Competence Providers who may offer workshops in the Content-Specific areas. The list also includes Approved Workshops offered by various organizations.

Approved Workshops/Providers List


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

Is workshop(s) offered by an MCSW Approved Continuing Competence Provider in one of the two Content-Specific topics?

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


Is The Workshop/Learning Activity/Event 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 provided by an Approved Workshop Provider, members must complete a Content Specific Workshop Evaluation Form and retain it in their CCP portfolio.

Content Specific Workshop Evaluation Form

Are you aware of workshops not listed?

Social Workers are encouraged to contact MCSW to request approval of workshops related to Social Work Code of Ethics & Standards of Practice and/or Social Work with Indigenous Peoples.

Workshop Approval Request Form – Practicing Social Workers

Program providers not yet on the Approved Continuing Competence Providers list who are interested in delivering in-person or on-line workshops with respect to the MCSW Code of Ethics & Standards of Practice or Social Work with Indigenous Peoples, are encouraged to review the Approved Content-Specific Providers Policy and complete an application.

(c) Tips

  1. Is your employer listed as an Approved Workshop Provider (Category A on the Approved Workshops/Providers List)?
    • If yes, determine whether your employer is offering any interactive content-specific workshops.
  2. Is there an accredited University or College near you?
    • If yes, check related websites to determine whether the University or College is offering relevant interactive content-specific workshops.  If you are a student enrolled in an accredited or approved College or University program and you are taking courses that include learning about the MCSW Code of Ethics & Standards of Practice and/or Social Work with Indigenous Peoples, the lecture hours provided on these topics are eligible.
  3. Are any of the listed provincial or national organizations holding relevant interactive learning activities/events?
    • Check the Approved Workshop/Providers list for information.  Note that lectures and tours at museums are eligible.
  4. 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.
  5. Are there other online interactive learning options related to Social Work with Indigenous Peoples?
    • The Indigenous Cultural Safety Collaborative Learning Series is free  (listed under Heath Authorities and Affiliated Agencies on the Providers list) and you can register to receive notifications of upcoming webinars.  Indigenous Awareness Canada also offers online training options.


Categories of CCP Activities

*Formal and Informal CCP activities do not require pre-approval by the College. (Only the Content Specific (8 Hour) activities require pre-approval.)

(a) Formal activities

  • participating in certificate programs;
  • attending conferences, seminars, conventions, workshops and lectures;
  • interactive webinars/e-learning;
  • attending cross cultural training;
  • attending workplace in-service training;
  • participating as a student or lecturer of university or college courses;
  • delivering a university of college presentation as part of a course, conference or seminar;
  • acting as a field instructor for the University of Manitoba, l’Université de St. Boniface or Booth University College social work programs (maximum CCP 10 hours per year);
  • 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

(a) Input your CCP Activities

Practicing Social Workers must input/update their CCP activities on their Member Login profile in order to renew their registration.  Members will be unable to renew if required CCP activities have not been entered.

Practicing Social Workers registered for a portion of the scheduled three-year reporting period complete a pro-rated number of the required 75 hours based on registration date in the Practicing category. Members in this situation will have received an email from the College with the pro-rated number of hours required.

* Eligible CCP activities completed on or after April 1, 2015 (if Practicing Social Worker was registered at the time of the CCP activity) may be included in the first reporting period ending in March 2019.

(b) Timeline 

The CCP Timeline represents timelines for a member who has been a Practicing Social Worker since April 1, 2016 and will remain in the Practicing category until February 2022.  All members who registered after April 2, 2016 will be prorated onto this CCP Timeline.


Self-Assessments & 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 at renewal in 2019.  The learning goals identified in this plan will guide CCP activities to be completed in the next reporting period (2019 – 2022).

Hard copies of the Self-Assessment and Learning Plan are available as a tool only.  Members must submit assessments and learning plans electronically as part of the renewal process.  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 Member Login profile as they complete the activities.  Members are also encouraged to keep their 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 the Member profile (if not already up-to-date)
  • Submit CCP Portfolio (which contains supporting documentation of CCP activities) within a defined, short timeline.


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.


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

Scholarship Policy and Application Form


2018 AGM Event Highlights


The Manitoba College of Social Workers (MSCW) Annual General Meeting and Education Event was held on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at the Canad Inns Polo Park, 1405 St. Matthews Ave, Winnipeg.

Session Information and Resources

Keynote Presentation: Taku Wakan: Something Sacred
with Pahan Pte San Win, BSW, RSW & Wanbdi Wakita, Wacasa Wakan
2.0 formal CCP formal/SW with Indigenous Peoples credit hours 

MCSW Annual General Meeting
1.25 CCP formal credit hours

Continuing Competence Program Overview
with Liisa Cheshire, MSW, RSW
0.5 informal CCP credit hours

Building Resilience as a Social Worker: Using Strategies to Promote Health and Well-Being
with Karen Kyliuk, BSW, RSW
2.0 CCP formal credit hours
PowerPoint Presentation

Private Practice: Essential Tools for Social Workers
with Neta Friesen, MSW, RSW  & Liisa Cheshire, MSW, RSW
2.0 CCP formal credit hours

Trauma-Informed Care: Building a Culture of Strength
with John Koop Harder, MSW, RSW
2.0 CCP formal credit hours

Social Work and Social Media
with Joshua Van Mulligan, MSW, RSW & David Azuelos, MSW, RSW
2.0 CCP formal credit hours


2017 AGM Event Highlights

Click here to view the 2017 MCSW Annual AGM and Education Event Highlights

The Manitoba College of Social Workers (MSCW) Annual General Meeting and Education Day was held on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the Viscount Gort Hotel (1670 Portage Avenue) in Winnipeg.

Session Information and Resources

Reflective Practice & the Continuing Competence Program (CCP) (with Vicki Verge and Gloria Dixon)
0.5 formal credit hours
Reflective Practice – Biography and Summary
PowerPoint Presentation

Keynote Address – Reconciliation: Continuing the Journey (with Mitch Bourbonniere)
1.5 formal / SW with Indigenous Peoples credit hours
Keynote Address – Biography and Summary

MCSW Annual General Meeting
1.25 formal credit hours

Collaborative Care with an Indigenous Lens
2.0 formal/ SW with Indigenous Peoples credit hours
Collaborative Care – Biography and Summary
PowerPoint Presentation

Becoming Mindful of Mindfulness – The Values, the Benefits and the Integrity of Practice
2.0 CCP formal credit hours
Becoming Mindful – Biography and Summary

The Ethics of Helping – Boundaries and Relationships
2.0 formal/ Code of Ethics & Standards of Practice credit hours
Ethics of Helping – Biography and Summary