THE BC ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS IS NOT THE REGULATORY BODY FOR SOCIAL WORKERS IN BRITISH COLUMBIA.
THE BC COLLEGE OF SOCIAL WORKERS BC (BCCSW) is the regulatory body for the profession. Their mandate is to protect the public by registering social workers who meet the minimum requirements, encouraging high standards of practice and investigating and resolving complaints about the practice of Registered Social Workers.
The BCCSW may register anyone with a BSW, MSW, DSW or PhD in social work from an approved university. In Canada this means a social work program accredited by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education. An American program must be accredited with the Council on Social Work Education. For further information, check the BCCSW website.
Graduates of social work programs outside of Canada must determine if their credentials will be recognized in British Columbia. To do so, you must have your credentials evaluated by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES).
You may also contact the BC College of Social Workers for further information about evaluating your credentials.
THE LABOUR MARKET IN BC
For information about Social Work practice as it relates to the BC labour market, refer to the Work BC website. Here you will find comprehensive information about education and training in BC, working conditions, salary ranges, and employment prospects within the province.