Applicants With A Social Work Degree

Eligibility

You may apply for registration under this category if you have a Bachelor of Social Work degree (BSW) or a Master of Social Work degree (MSW) from:

*Please contact the College with any questions about alternative documentation.

Application Process

To start the application process, please follow the step-by-step instructions below. Please note that you must complete the application in full in order for your application to be saved in our system. The final page of the Online Application Form is the non-refundable application fee payment of $100.00. You may pay online by Visa, MasterCard or Visa/Debit or select INVOICE ME to pay by cheque  at the College office.

The Online Application Form and all required documentation must be submitted to complete your application package and begin the evaluation process. Evaluation of completed applications may take up to 4 weeks. If additional information is required, you will be contacted by the College Office.

Notification of approved applications for registration will be sent by email to the applicant.  Payment of the registration fee is required within 30 days of the approval date.  Please CLICK HERE for fee information.  In addition to the fee, the Professional Liability Insurance Declaration Form must be signed and returned in order for a Certificate of Practice to be issued.  For more information please CLICK HERE.

Incomplete applications will expire 6 months from the date the Online Application Form was submitted.

Step 1

To begin your application click below to complete the Online Application Form and submit the application fee of $100.00.

Online Application Form

(IMPORTANT NOTE: the application form will time out after 60 min., please have the following information ready before you begin: reference name, title, organization and contact information (see below for Reference Requirements); five year history of social work employment with start and end dates (month/year).

Step 2

Submit the following documentation to the College Office. Please note documents may be submitted together or as they become available.

  • Full legal name must be used.  Copy of Government-issued photo ID – driver’s license or passport (or other photo ID which includes birth date – email to admin@mcsw.ca)
    • Please submit a copy of proof of name change (if name on your transcript is different from the name on your application) to admin@mcsw.ca
  • Official sealed Transcript showing highest Social Work degree (sent directly from institution to the College Office) *For applicants with accredited or approved Canadian or American Social Work degrees, see “Eligibility” above
    • U of M Order Form; Booth Order Form
    • OR written verification from an accredited or approved social work program prior to convocation that the applicant has completed all requirements and is eligible to receive social work degree within 6 months (official transcript must be submitted to the College immediately following date degree is conferred and no later than 6 months from the date of registration approval)
  • Original Record Checks (If original Self-Checks conducted within the last 6 months are on file with your employer, please contact MCSW at 204-888-9477)
    • Criminal Record Check including Vulnerable Sector Search (completed within previous 6 months of application). Criminal record checks from the RCMP or local Police Stations outside of Winnipeg are also accepted if they include the Vulnerable Sector Search.  Vulnerable Sector Searches reveal pardons for sexual offences.  Applicants who currently reside or have resided outside of Canada must provide criminal record/registry checks based on a nationwide search from the appropriate law enforcement agency in that country, if an equivalent check is available.  Please contact the College for more information.
    • Manitoba Child Abuse Registry Self-Check (completed within previous 6 months of application)
    • Manitoba Adult Abuse Registry Self-Check (completed within previous 6 months of application)
  • 1 Professional Reference, please click here for Reference Requirements (name and contact information to be provided on application, form sent directly to the reference from the College office)
  • Verification of Registration and Licensure for Social Work Regulators (for applicants previously registered in another province or country)
  • Verification of Registration and Licensure for Other Regulators (for applicants previously registered in another profession)
  • Verification of Legal Entitlement to Work in Canada may be required
    • Canadian Citizenship card, Permanent Resident (of Canada) card, Work (in Canada) Permit – send scan to admin@mcsw.ca

Right to Appeal

If your application for registration is not approved, or it is approved with one or more conditions, you have the right to appeal the Registrar’s decision.

 

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Applicants Without A Social Work Degree

Eligibility

If you are currently functioning as a social worker in Manitoba, you may be eligible for the “Grandparenting” route of entry.

You must provide evidence from your employer(s) that you have functioned as a Social Worker safely, competently and ethically for at least 4400 hours in the previous 5 years.

Important information for individuals with less than 4400 hours.

If approved for registration, your Certificate of Practice will include a condition limiting your practice to your verified Social Work experience.  Click here for more information.

Application Process

To start the application process, please follow the step-by-step instructions below. Please note that you must complete the Online Application Form in full in order for your application to be saved in our system. The final page of the Online Application Form is the non-refundable application fee payment of $100.00. You may pay online by Visa, MasterCard or Visa/Debit or select INVOICE ME to pay by cheque at the College office.

Part I, Part II and all required documentation must be submitted to complete your application package and begin the evaluation process. Evaluation of completed applications may take up to 8 weeks. If additional information is required, you will be contacted by the College Office.

Notification of approved applications for registrations will be sent by email to the applicant.  Payment of the registration fee is required within 30 days of the approval date.  Please CLICK HERE for fee information.  In addition to the fee, the Professional Liability Insurance Declaration Form must be signed and returned in order for a Certificate of Practice to be issued.  For more information please CLICK HERE.

Incomplete applications will expire 6 months from the date Part 1 of the application package was submitted.

Step 1

To begin your application, complete the Online Application Form – Part I and submit the application fee of $100.00.

Online Application Part 1

(IMPORTANT NOTE: the application form will time out after 60 min., please have the following information ready before you begin: reference name, title, organization and contact information (see below for Reference Requirements); five year history of social work employment with start and end dates (month/year).

Step 2

Complete the “Grandparented Application for Registration – Part II.” Submit by fax, email or regular mail to the College office.

Grandparented Application Part 2

Step 3

Submit the following documentation to the College Office. Please note documents may be submitted together or as they become available.

  • Full legal name must be used.  Copy of Government-issued photo ID – driver’s license or passport (or other photo ID which includes birthdate – email to admin@mcsw.ca)
    • Please submit a copy of proof of name change (if applicable) to admin@mcsw.ca
  • Official Transcript showing highest Social Work related degree/diploma/certificate (optional for grandparented applicants) (sent directly from institution to the College Office)
  • Original Record Checks (If original Self-Checks conducted within the last 6 months are on file with your employer, please contact MCSW at 204-888-9477)
    • Criminal Record Check including Vulnerable Sector Search (completed within previous 6 months of application). Criminal record checks from the RCMP or local Police Stations outside of Winnipeg are also accepted if they include the Vulnerable Sector Search.  Vulnerable Sector Searches reveal pardons for sexual offences. Applicants who currently reside or have resided outside of Canada must provide criminal record/registry checks based on a nationwide search from the appropriate law enforcement agency in that country, if an equivalent check is available. Please contact the College for more information.
    • Manitoba Child Abuse Registry Self-Check (completed within previous 6 months of application)
    • Manitoba Adult Abuse Registry Self-Check (completed within previous 6 months of application)
    • Employer Verification Form(s), please click here for more information (name and contact information to be provided on Online Application Form – Part I)
  • Verification of Registration and Licensure for Social Work Regulators (for applicants previously registered in another province)
  • Verification of Registration and Licensure for Other Regulators (for applicants previously registered in another profession)
  • Verification of Legal Entitlement to Work in Canada may be required
    • Canadian Citizenship card, Permanent Resident (of Canada) card, Work (in Canada) Permit – send scan to admin@mcsw.ca

Right to Appeal

If your application for registration is not approved, or it is approved with one or more conditions, you have the right to appeal the Registrar’s decision.

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Applicants with an International Social Work Degree

Graduates who hold a university degree in Social Work outside of Canada or the United States require an evaluation of their education credentials to ensure substantial equivalency to a Canadian social work degree. An evaluation of your international social work education credentials must be completed by the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) prior to application to the Manitoba College of Social Workers. CLICK HERE for more information on the CASW credentials assessment service.

Applicants must demonstrate that they are legally entitled to work in Canada by providing proof of work permit, permanent resident status (card), or Canadian Citizenship (card).

Please contact the College with any questions about alternative documentation.

Financial Supports for Internationally Educated Applicants

Steps to Registration

Language Proficiency

What is Social Work in Manitoba & Canada?

Before You Move to Manitoba

Document Checklist

Alternative Jobs if Your Application is Not Approved

Right to Appeal

If your application for registration is not approved, or it is approved with one or more conditions, you have the right to appeal the Registrar’s decision.

 

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Students

Benefits of Registration

There are many benefits to registering with the Manitoba College of Social Workers as a Social Work Student member. As a student member you will be updated about the activities of the College via electronic newsletters and email bulletins. Students will also have an opportunity to meet and network with Social Workers, and volunteer on the College Board or Committees. New graduates who are first-time Social Work registrants with the College are also eligible to become registered Social Workers at a reduced rate for the first year following convocation.

Applying for Student Membership

In order to join as a Social Work Student, an applicant must:

  • be enrolled in a Social Work program accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education, or
  • be enrolled at Booth University College, and
  • complete the application form (found below), and
  • pay the annual Student membership fee of $20.00

Note: the registration year for Student members is October 1 – September 30.

Reminder: Student members cannot use the title “Social Worker” or “RSW” as a designation, but may refer to themselves as “Student members of the College”.

Student Application Form

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