RegistrationSocial Work is a profession that is regulated in Alberta under the Health Professions Act (HPA). Registration is mandatory for persons with a recognized social work credential, practicing within the scope of social work, with clients located in Alberta. Only registered social workers can identify as a Social Worker.
The practice of social work is defined as follows in Section 27 of the Health Professions Act:
In their practice, social workers do one or more of the following
- enhance or restore the social functioning of individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities by improving developmental, problem-solving and coping capacities of people and systems
- promote effective and humane systems that provide resources, opportunities and services to people and link people to those systems
- contribute to the development and improvement of social policy, and
- teach, manage and conduct research in the science, techniques and practice of social work, and
- provide restricted activities authorized by the regulations
- social worker
- registered social worker
- Soc. Wkr.
- clinical social worker
- registered clinical social worker
Apply to Become a Registered Social Worker
At the top of the webpage you will find the Apply Now button which opens a short survey. Based on your responses, you will be directed to the appropriate electronic application. Listed below are brief descriptions of each type of application as well as a link to the requirements for each application.
If you completed your social work education outside of Canada or America, here's what you need to know to apply to practice in Alberta
- Your credentials must be assessed as equivalent to a Canadian Bachelor or Master of Social Work credential and
- upon ACSW verification of qualified credentials, a link will be provided for the Internationally Educated Application