Non-Practicing Membership

A non-practicing membership is available to those who have been registered to practice  but who are not currently engaged in the practice of social work in Newfoundland and Labrador. There are many reasons someone would choose a non-practicing membership; from retirement or extended leave to unemployment or simply moving to another jurisdiction.
 

BENEFITS OF NON-PRACTICING MEMBERSHIP INCLUDE:
 

APPLICANTS FOR THE 2018-19 REGISTRATION YEAR (MARCH 1, 2018 - FEBRUARY 28, 2019) SUBMIT ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:
 

  • Completed online application through MyNLASW including submission of all applicable fees. This includes a $50 non-refundable application processing plus $150 non-practicing membership fee.  Please contact registration@nlasw.ca for details required to access MyNLASW.
  • An original certificate of conduct/police records check with vulnerable sector inquiry completed within the last three (3) months. Electronic copies are not accepted.  Applicants are encouraged to retain a copy for employment purposes.
  • Official confirmation of social work education. Original transcripts are required. Proof of social work education must be sent directly from the university to the NLASW.
  • The original documentation referenced above must be forwarded to NLASW’s mailing address (PO Box 39039, St. John’s, NL A1E 5Y7).
     

APPLICANTS WHO HAVE BEEN REGISTERED AS A SOCIAL WORKER IN ANOTHER JURISDICTION MUST ALSO SUBMIT:
 

OFFICIAL CONFIRMATION OF SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION FOR APPLICANTS EDUCATED IN CANADA:
 

  • Bachelors, masters or doctoral degree in social work from a university accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE).
     

OFFICIAL CONFIRMATION OF SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION FOR APPLICANTS EDUCATED IN THE UNITED STATES:
 

  • Masters degree in social work accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE).
  • Bachelors degree in social work accredited by the CSWE including proof of a minimum of 700 hours of field placement.
     

OFFICIAL CONFIRMATION OF SOCIAL WORK EDUCATION FOR APPLICANTS EDUCATED OUTSIDE OF CANADA/US:
 

  • International equivalence to a bachelors or masters degree accredited by the CASWE.  Further information about the equivalency process is available on the CASW website.
     

NON-PRACTICING MEMBERS RETURNING TO ACTIVE SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE:
 

New regulations respecting the return to active social work practice will come into effect on September 28th, 2018 and will affect return to practice for non-practicing members commencing as of the 2019/2020 registration year.  Currently non-practicing members can switch to active registration at any time.  The new regulations set additional requirements for return to practice.  These regulations do not affect non-practicing members who do not wish to return to active practice.

March 2019- February 2020 will be year one for all current non-practicing members regardless of how long a non-practicing membership has been held.  The table below outlines the new re-entry to practice requirements for non-practicing members with no membership lapse.

 Please note that all non-practicing members returning to active social work practice complete the online application through MyNLASW including submission of the applicable fee in addition to requirements outlined in the table below.  

Non-Practicing Membership Requirements to Return
1-3 years as a non-practicing member Non-practicing members can return to active social work practice at any time without additional educational requirements
3-5 years as a non-practicing member Non-practicing members who have been non-practicing for more than 3 years but less than 5 years can return to active social work practice by submitting 40 credits if non-practicing for 4 years and 80 credits if non-practicing for 5 years as per CPE Policy statement.  These credits can be completed at any time throughout the 4-5 year period that an individual has maintained a non-practicing membership.
5 years or more as a non-practicing member Successful completion of the Association of Social Work Boards Exam is required.  Details regarding the exam will be available on the NLASW website over the coming months.

(One year is equivalent to one registration year. The registration year runs from March 1 to February 28 of any given year.)