Active Registration

Registration with NLASW grants the Registered Social Worker (RSW) designation which is required to use the title social worker or to practice within the scope of the social work profession in this province. 

Benefits of active registration include:

Non-Practicing Membership

There are many reasons someone would choose a non-practicing membership; from retirement or extended leave to unemployment or simply moving to another jurisdiction.

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.  

Benefits of Non-Practicing Membership include:

NEW Applicants must submit all of the following:

  • Completed online application through MyNLASW.  Please contact 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.
  • 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.
  • Non-refundable $50 application processing fee plus $400 active registration fee or $150 non-practicing membership fee.  Online payment options include Visa or MasterCard.

Applicants who have been registered as a social worker in another jurisdiction must also submit:

Applicants educated outside of Canada must also obtain:

  • An evaluation to determine equivalency to a minimum of a Bachelor of Social Work obtained from a social work program accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE). Further information about the equivalency process is available on the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) website.


Applicants who have not practiced social work in the last five years, please contact the NLASW office for information about re-entry to the profession.

The registration year runs from March 1 - February 28 of any given year.  As per Section 14 of the Social Workers Association Regulations 1993, first time active registrants after October 1 shall only be required to pay 50% of the annual registration fee for the first year of registration.

The registrar can consult with the NLASW Registration Committee regarding the assessment of applications for registration in accordance with Section 20 (2) of the Social Workers Act (2010). The Registration Committee is comprised of six registered social workers appointed by the NLASW Board of Directors.

Appeals of the decision of the registrar concerning registration are heard by the NLASW Board of Directors.