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Social worker licensing and education in Canada

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It’s a common misconception that social workers are only available in a community service role or in hospitals—social service workers and social workers are different. Social workers are therapists who work with individuals, families or other groups to address mental health needs in the context of social systems (family, culture, legal, etc.). They can be booked through First Session, and they’re often covered by workplace benefits.

Social Worker licensing and education in Ontario

A Registered Social Worker (RSW) requires, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree, and More advanced job opportunities typically require a Master’s of Social Work (MSW). Both require registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers

The Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers also oversees Registered Social Service Workers (RSSW), a role that requires a diploma.

Note: there is no title of Registered Clinical Social Worker (RCSW) in Ontario.

Social Worker licensing and education in British Columbia

Becoming a Registered Social Worker (RSW) in British Columbia requires, at minimum, a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and passing a licensure exam. They can then register with the British Columbia College of Social Workers (BCCSW). More advanced job opportunities typically require a Master’s of Social Work (MSW).

Becoming Registered Clinical Social Worker (RSCW) requires advanced clinical certifications.

Social Worker licensing and education in Alberta

At minimum, a diploma in Social Work is required to become a social worker in Alberta and to register with the Alberta College of Social Workers. Additional designations can be achieved with a Bachelor’s of Social Work (BSW) or a Master’s of Social Work (MSW). 

In Alberta, becoming a Registered Clinical Social Worker (RCSW) requires additional advanced clinical certifications.

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