International Assessment of Credentials

Effective April 1, 2011 the application fee for the evaluation of international social work degrees is $339 ($300 plus 13% HST).

PROCEDURES FOR EVALUATION OF INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL WORK CREDENTIALS

Note: CASW’s assessment is accepted in all provinces/territories with the exception of British Columbia and Quebec.  For more information on requirements to practise social work in Canada please review the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials website.

I.   APPLICATION FOR EVALUATION OF SOCIAL WORK CREDENTIALS
For an evaluation of social work credentials, the applicant can download the application kit from the CASW website or request that the application kit be sent to him/her.

Note: CASW does not assess degrees obtained through distance education or self-study/correspondence course work.

Below you will find the printable attachments that forms the package : Letter to Applicant, Information Sheet, Application Form, Waiver Form, Verification Form and Common Questions and Answers.

The application form requires details of academic background supported by documents in English or French, as specified below.

(Evidence of written and spoken facility in the English or French language may be required in order to practice in Canada.)

Documents Required (All documents listed are required to proceed with an evaluation. Photocopies of the original documents are acceptable with the exception of the Transcript and the Verification form). It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide the required documentation.

a. Official university transcripts, including a record of courses and grades obtained. (Applicants are responsible for arranging for official transcripts to be forwarded directly to CASW by the educational institutions attended. Translations should be certified and the original documents should be attached.)
b. Social work certificate(s) or diplomas(s) obtained. 
c. Social work course descriptions (from university syllabus or other official document), as well as descriptions of courses or experience necessary to meet admission requirements.
d. Social work field practice description (from university syllabus or other official document). Please ensure that you list the social service agency(s) from your field placement experiences, including an overview of the type of setting, hours of practicum per semester (as applicable) and a general description of your on-site experiences, including the methods of supervision and evaluation by the agency and by the university.
e. Proof of membership in professional social work associations(s) from another country (if applicable).
f. Verification form (original form signed and sealed by Dean or Director of School/Faculty of Social Work at the applicable academic institution).
g. Applicants applying to have a Masters degree assessed for equivalency to a Canadian Master of Social Work degree are required to provide official university transcripts of Bachelor degree(s), including a record of courses and grades obtained are required. (Translations should be certified and the original documents should be attached.) Further, if a thesis is to be assessed, please provide the title and other details that support its completion.
h. Applicants who have changed names after completing education and would like to have results of their evaluation under their new name are requested to provide proof of change of name.  (Example marriage certificate)

Application Fee
The application fee of $339 ($300 plus 13% HST) must be submitted with the complete application form and required documentation.

The $339 application fee covers the professional assessment and administrative costs.

CASW accepts payment in Canadian funds only and the preferred payment options is by credit card through Paypal.  Include your email receipt with your complete application form.  Money order and certified cheques made payable to the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) are also accepted. (Receipt of personal cheques may delay the application process as CASW requires bank clearance of all deposits prior to proceeding with an evaluation).





Applications will be processed only after receipt and deposit of full payment.

II.   PERUSAL OF DOCUMENTATION WITH THE AID OF RESOURCES
NOTE:  Upon receipt of the completed application form, documentation (as listed above) and fee, the evaluation process will begin.  The applicant is responsible for ensuring that all documentation is provided.

a.  Documentation is checked to ensure that it is authentic and complete.
b.  University webiste is reviewed for course and field placement information and for verification of University staff.  Documents and the relevant section of the World Guide to Social Work Education, published by the International Association of Schools of Social Work, are reviewed.  The Guide describes the pattern of education in each country where social work is identified as a professional practice.  It provides factual information on a sample of school of social work in sixty-one countries.  The guide also facilitates the comparative study of social work education.
c. The IASSW Directory (International Association of Schools of Social Work) is checked to see if the educational institution attended by the applicant is listed as a member.  Membership gives an indication of whether the institution is recognized as a professional social work training centre and whether it views itself as a part of the international social work community.
d.  Consultation with social workers familiar with social work education and practice in the country of origin, when possible.

III.   EQUATING APPLICANT'S INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION TO THE CANADIAN STANDARD
The CASW assessment compares academic credentials only and it is based on the Standards of Accreditation as established by the Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE).  The first level professional degree (B.S.W.) is generally a four-year undergraduate program which includes liberal arts courses (in the humanities and the natural and social sciences), social work professional courses and field practice. The general requirement is a minimum of sixty credits (Canadian Equivalency) in the following areas: social work intervention methods, social policy, field of practice and social problems, research methods and field work (a minimum of 700 hours).

Generally stated, the objectives are “the achievement by the graduate of a level of competence adequate for undertaking initial responsibility in general practice”.  Please be aware, CASW has experienced that individuals whom have completed the 3 year BSW program in the United Kingdom, without additional post-secondary education, are often deficient in Liberal Art and Social Work courses to meet the Canadian four year BSW degree academic standards.

The M.S.W. is either a one-year graduate program following the B.S.W. or a two-year graduate program that admits candidates who hold general arts or other non-social work bachelor degrees. Field practice is an essential component of both models. In a one year graduate program after a B.S.W. the program must include 450 hours of field practice or the completion of a Thesis/Dissertation deemed worth 3 credits (Canadian Equivalency) or more by the University. In a two year graduate program after a Bachelors degree (non B.S.W.), 900 hours of field practice are required. Although a thesis or research report is not an essential component except as described in the one year M.S.W program, it may be necessary for the total number of academic credits."

The general objective of programs at the Master’s level is stated as follows: to contribute to the preparation of graduates who possess an advanced level of competence with respect to a particular social problem area, professional service sector, social work methodology, professional role or function or in a combination of these.

IV.   WRITTEN NOTIFICATION OF THE EVALUATION AND THE EQUIVALENCY RATING OF CANDIDATE'S CREDENTIALS
The applicant is provided with a personal letter as well as a "To Whom It May Concern" letter, stating the equivalency of his/her credentials to the Canadian standard. The letter is for use with prospective employers for practice in provinces concerned and/or membership requirements of provincial/territorial professional social work associations.

V.   POST EVALUATION - ADDITIONAL INFORMATION PROVIDED
•If CASW receives, within 3 months of an initial evaluation, substantial new information about courses, thesis, other degrees, and other field placements that was not provided by the applicant in the original file for assessment, the applicant will be charged an additional $40 (plus 13% HST = $45.20) for the CASW to re-evaluate the file.
•If CASW receives, after 3 months of an initial evaluation, substantial new information about courses, thesis, other degrees, and other field placements that was not provided by the applicant in the original file for assessment, the applicant will be charged an additional $ $60 (plus 13% HST = $67.80) for the CASW to re-evaluate the file.
There are no additional charges for applicants that apply for a formal review or appeal as per the below CASW policy.

VI.   REVIEW AND APPEAL
Review
- Applicants who received equivalence to a Canadian BSW and who feel they have equivalency to a Canadian MSW may ask for a review of this decision within 6 months of being informed.
- Applicants who question the rating should be informed of the reasons justifying the decision and of the process for requesting the review.
- The request for this review should be submitted in writing to the Executive Director of CASW providing additional information depending on the basis of the initial decision.
- The Executive Director may ask the evaluator to review the rating taking into consideration the additional information, or request a review by a third party.
- A request for review more than six months following the decision should be considered a new assessment.

Appeals
- Applicants who are not granted equivalence to a Canadian Social Work degree may appeal this decision in writing to the CASW President.
- The letter informing the applicant of the decision should state the reasons for non-equivalency.
- The applicant should be notified of the right of appeal as well as the process to appeal.
- An appeal should be submitted within 3 months of the decision communicated to the applicant.
- The applicant should state the basis for the appeal.  (For example, some of the information was ignored or misunderstood.)
- The CASW President (or designate) will review the file, the reason for not granting equivalence and determine if an assessment by a third party assessment of the complaint.
- The applicant will receive feedback on the process followed by the third party assessement of the complaint.