Social Worker Licence

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The Social Work Profession Act came into force as of January 1, 2012, which provides for the licensing of social workers in the NWT to ensure that only qualified individuals be able to call themselves social workers. Pursuant to this legislation, all individuals using the title or holding themselves out to be Social Workers are required to be licensed.

The Act provides for two categories in the social work profession:

  • Registered Social Worker (R.S.W.) which will require a Bachelor of Social Work
  • Licenced Social Worker (L.S.W.) which will require a Diploma of Social Work

Continuing Competency Requirements

Registrants are required to meet continuing competency requirements each year in order to maintain licensure. Please see the link below to provide you with a log sheet to assist you in this process of tracking your continuing competency initiatives. You must retain this log sheet for a period of 5 years as the Registrar may conduct an audit where this will help substantiate proof or your meeting requirements.


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Association of Social Workers in Northern Canada
Box 31006
Whitehorse, Yukon  Y1A 5P7