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:

·         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


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:

·         Ability to switch to active status throughout the registration year,

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

·         Receipt of all NLASW electronic updates and Connecting Voices newsletters, and 

·         Opportunity to contribute to the work of NLASW through membership in a variety of committees


NEW Applicants 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 or $150 non-practicing membership fee.   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).


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

·         A completed Verification of Registration form


·         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.



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.