Competence Program


Please note that the Online Competency is no longer available.  Please watch your emails for further notice on how you can submit on our new Online Renewal System coming in late January 2015!


Online Competency Forms

Tired of storing your competency forms?  You can enter your Professional Development Credits Form (PDCF) and Learning Plan directly on to the ACSW website.  Entering it this way will allow you to view, edit, and submit your documents with the click of a button from any computer. See the new widget in the right-hand side bar and start entering your information today (please login first).  You can also store your category A supporting documents on the website.  Paper documents can be scanned and attached or you can attach MS Word documents (including the Category A Summary Form).

Congratulations to the winners of our incentive program! Check out the list of winners under 'Current News' on our website!



Social workers are randomly selected to submit a portfolio with 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 years of information, or just the Professional Development Credit Form. All social workers are still required to complete the full portfolio, including a self-assessment and learning plan for each year, which may be requested at a future date if any concerns arise. If you are selected to submit a portfolio, you will receive a letter approximately six months prior to your renewal detailing exactly what you need to submit. If you do not receive a letter requesting a portfolio you will be asked to submit your PDCF when you receive your renewal information.
If your expiry date is:

September 30th -

requested portfolios are due May 31, 2015, 2020, 2025, etc.

December 31st -

requested portfolios are due August 31, 2016, 2021, 2026, etc.

March 31st -

requested portfolios are due November 30, 2017, 2022, 2027 etc.

June 30th -

requested portfolios are due February 28, 2014, 2019, 2024, etc.

To see a detailed list of portfolio requirements click here.
To see details on how many credits are required click here.


The Competence Committee has developed a 15 minute presentation on completing your professional portfolio. View the presentation.


Special Circumstances

The Competence Committee and the ACSW strive to be understanding during difficult times for our members. As such, when a social worker experiences a natural disaster (house fire, flood etc) or a significant personal crisis the ACSW will review the case individually and work with the social worker to develop a plan for his/her portfolio. If you have experienced a disaster or crisis, please contact Kelly Brisebois, Competence Program Coordinator. 


Annual Submissions

The Professional Development Credit Form should be completed every year by every social worker and submitted when you renew. Do not submit any other competence documents with this form unless you are asked to submit your portfolio. There is a separate form to be completed by social workers on the Clinical Specialty Registry.


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