Active Registration

Social work in Newfoundland and Labrador is regulated under provincial legislation titled An Act Respecting the Practice of Social Work (Social Workers Act)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:


·         A license to practice social work in Newfoundland and Labrador

·         Affiliation with the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW)

·         Continuing Education opportunities

·         Access to ethical consultations

·         Access to valuable practice resources

·         Opportunity to promote and contribute to the social work profession through membership in NLASW committees



2019-20 online renewal now open for current members:

The MyNLASW online portal is now accepting renewals from current members for the 2019-20 registration year. The renewal deadline is February 15, 2019 (Midnight Island Time).  A $50 late fee will be applied to active renewals received after this date.  Active renewals received after the February 28 legislative deadline will be subject to a $100 late fee. The following is a reminder of the online renewal process:

  • Log into MyNLASW using your NLASW registration number and password.  A forgot my registration number/password option is also available on the login screen.
  • Renewal is broken down into easy to follow steps.  Clicking ‘Next’ at the end of each step will save any details that have been inputted and take you to the next step in the process.
  • You will have an opportunity to review and edit information before the final step which is payment of fees. 
  • Online payment options include Visa or MasterCard. The 2019 renewal fee is $400. Members who availed of payroll deduction during the 2018 calendar year have been pre-identified in the online system.
  • Once you click ‘save & submit’ on the payment step, you will receive an email confirming that your renewal information has been received.  When your renewal has been processed, you will receive official confirmation via email with a tax receipt.  The Member Search feature on the NLASW website will also be updated automatically upon processing. 

The submission of continuing professional education (CPE) credits is an important part of the annual renewal process.  If you have questions regarding CPE, be sure to check out the CPE Policy submenu.  Here you will find helpful information related to annual renewal including links to the full CPE Policy, a list of CPE examples, a breakdown of CPE credits associated with the CYFS training modules as well as registration renewal FAQ’s. 


NEW Applicants for the 2019-20 registration year (March 1, 2019 - February 28, 2020) must 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 $400 active registration.  The fee is prorated for first time registrants after October 1 of a given registration year.  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.  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).

·       If English is not your first language, please click here for more information.

·       Regulations to accompany the Social Workers Act came into effect on September 28, 2018, requiring applicants in the following categories to successfully complete the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) exam as a condition of active registration:

  •       applicants who have been previously registered as a social worker but let their registration lapse for three years or more.  For previous NLASW registrants, the three years is counted from the date that registration with NLASW expired.  Registration expires annually on February 28th.  For those registered previously with another regulatory body, three years is counted from the date that the registration with that regulatory body expired as indicated on the verification of registration form.
  •       applicants who have graduated from an accredited social work program more than three years ago and have never been registered. The three years is counted from the date the degree was conferred as indicated on the official degree transcript.
    Details regarding the exam process are available by clicking here.


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


·         A completed Verification of Registration form


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 Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) website.



The current 2018-19 registration year will expire on February 28, 2019.  New applicants applying for the remainder of the 2018-19 registration year would submit the same paperwork as outlined for new 2019-20 applicants.  The annual registration fee is prorated to half for first time registrants after October 1 in a given registration year.  

Individuals who were registered for the 2017 registration year and are seeking to reapply for registration for the remainder of the 2018-19 registration year are asked to contact the NLASW office for details regarding the reinstatement process.   


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.