Applying for registration is available online for New Zealand and overseas based applicants. Click on the link to check your eligibility to apply to be registered as a social worker in New Zealand. PLEASE NOTE we no longer accept paper applications for registration.
For the purpose of registration a Competence assessment is part of the registration process. If you have indicated that you are intending to apply through the SWRB, please click on the link to take you to the competence assessment page. Your competence assessment application will be invoiced separately to your application for registration.
If you have not completed a recognised New Zealand qualification (or overseas equivalent), you may have enough practical experience to compensate for this as per the SWRB Section 13 Policy 'Criteria for Section 13'. The policy can be viewed and downloaded from the Policy page.
To find out more about Section 13 applications view the Section 13 applications page. If you want to discuss your application, contact us on freephone 0508 797 269 .
As part of your application you will need to include various attachments including a:
Most of these will need to be certified. All documents that are not in English must also be officially translated unless otherwise specified. Getting the information and attachments right first time will save you time and hassle in the long run.
Once registered, you must also hold an Annual Practising Certificate (APC). To get your APC, you need to complete a separate process around May every year, this is also an online process which the SWRB will send you reminders so you must keep your email address updated with us. An APC must be in place before 1 July.
The SWRB has a number of policy statements relating to registration on the Policy page.