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Application Procedure

 
Please follow the Steps outlined in Parts 1 & 2 to have your Social Work qualifications assessed.  Please read all instructions carefully. 
 
Documents may be submitted in any order, or all at once, however a file will not move forward to the evaluation stage until CASW has received all the necessary documents and payment.
 
CASW opens a file in the applicant’s name when we receive their first document.  All subsequent documents are added to this file as they arrive at our offices.  Unfortunately, due to the volume of mail received, CASW is unable to provide proactive updates regarding the receipt of mail, or status updates. Applicants may inquire about the status of assessments at any point in the process by email or by phone. 
 
The time it takes to assess the file can vary greatly depending on demand, and CASW is unable to guarantee specific timelines in terms of completing evaluations. However once all the required documentation has been received, assessments generally take between 6-12 weeks.
 
After the completion of an assessment and at the request of an applicant, original documentation provided to CASW can be returned for a fee of $40.00 CAD (effective October 1, 2019).  Please note:  Photocopies of the original documents are acceptable with the exception of the Transcript and the Verification Form relating to the primary degree to be assessed. 
 

*Please e-mail casw@casw-acts.ca with any questions regarding your Application for the Assessment of International Academic Credentials.*

 



Part 1

The documents in Part 1 of the application must be received directly from the educational institution attended. This must be arranged by the applicant.  

 

 1. CASW Verification Form

 
CASW must receive the CASW Verification Form directly from the educational institution attended. CASW does not accept Verification forms electronically (e-mail attachments).
 
 
The CASW Verification form must be printed, signed, and sealed by Dean or Director of School/Faculty of Social Work at the applicable academic institution and sent by mail directly to the CASW offices, not to the applicant. The applicant cannot forward a sealed envelope. 
 
 
Canadian Association of Social Workers
M229 - 1554 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K1Z 7M4
 

 

2. Official Credentials/Transcripts for Primary Credential/Degree to be assessed:

 
The official transcript of the primary credential/degree to be assessed must be received directly by mail at the CASW offices from the educational institution attended. CASW does not accept copies of transcripts electronically (e-mail attachments).
 
 
Canadian Association of Social Workers
M229 - 1554 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K1Z 7M4
 
 
Official transcripts should include a record of all courses taken, as well as grades and credit hours received.
 
The primary credential/degree is considered the highest level of professional social work education completed by an applicant. If CASW receives the primary degree transcript from an applicant, whether in a sealed envelope or not, CASW will request that a new transcript be sent directly to CASW from the educational institution before proceeding with an evaluation. No exceptions.
 
 



 

Part 2

The following documentation is also required by CASW to proceed with an assessment.  All documents in Part 2 may be sent to CASW directly by an applicant or by a third party on behalf of the applicant. Please send these documents via email.  If it is not possible to send the documents in Part 2 via email, applicants may mail documents to:

Canadian Association of Social Workers
M229 - 1554 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K1Z 7M4
 
 

3. The CASW Application Form

 
The CASW Application Form must be completed by the applicant 
 
 
The CASW application form may be sent to CASW directly by an applicant or by a third party on behalf of the applicant. Please send this document via email to casw@casw-acts.ca.  If it is not possible to send the application form via email, applicants may mail documents to:
 
Canadian Association of Social Workers
M229 - 1554 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K1Z 7M4
 

 

4. Course Descriptions

Course descriptions are required for each class as listed on the transcript. Ideally course descriptions should come from an academic institution’s syllabus or other official document. Most academic institutions use course descriptions to help students decide which classes to take. Photocopies of the original course descriptions from the academic institution attended are acceptable. 
 
If course descriptions are not available from the academic institution attended, CASW will accept one to two paragraphs stating the purpose, content and learning objectives of each class listed on the transcript summarized by the applicant. Click here to see an example of what is required. 
 
 
Course descriptions may be sent to CASW directly by an applicant or by a third party on behalf of the applicant. Please send these documents via email to casw@casw-acts.ca.  If it is not possible to send the course descriptions via email, applicants may mail documents to:
 
Canadian Association of Social Workers
M229 - 1554 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K1Z 7M4
 

 

5. Social Work Field Practice Descriptions

Ideally Field Work, Practicum, or Placement descriptions should come from your academic institution’s 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.
 
If Field Work, Practicum, or Placement descriptions are not available from the academic institution attended, CASW will accept 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 from the applicant directly.
 
Note that the evaluation is purely academic in nature, and does not consider work or volunteer experience.  
 
Field work descriptions may be sent to CASW directly by an applicant or by a third party on behalf of the applicant. Please send these documents via email to casw@casw-acts.ca.  If it is not possible to send the field work descriptions via email, applicants may mail documents to:
 
Canadian Association of Social Workers
M229 - 1554 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K1Z 7M4
 

 

6. Secondary Credentials

 

Generally, secondary credentials are considered all post-secondary education completed by an applicant prior to the completion of their highest level of social work education. CASW does not require post graduate continuing education seminars, courses or diplomas. CASW does not assess Secondary School credentials.

CASW requires official transcripts and course descriptions of secondary credentials (degrees/diplomas) obtained even if the education completed is in an unrelated discipline.
 
Copies of secondary credentials may be sent to CASW directly by the applicant. However, please note that in the process of assessment, CASW assessors may request official transcripts of secondary credentials sent directly by the university to CASW to validate results.
 
Course descriptions are required for all courses, including secondary credentials or non-social work degrees.
 
Transcripts and course descriptions relating to secondary credentials may be sent to CASW directly by an applicant or by a third party on behalf of the applicant. Please send these documents via email to casw@casw-acts.ca.  If it is not possible to send the transcripts and course descriptions relating to secondary credentials via email, applicants may mail documents to:
 
Canadian Association of Social Workers
M229 - 1554 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K1Z 7M4
 

7. Supporting Documentation

Supporting documents are not mandatory, and need only be sent if applicable to the applicant.

Supporting documents include:

  • Proof of name change - If your name has changed since you completed your education, CASW needs proof of the change of name.
    For example, a copy of an applicant’s Marriage Certificate.
  • A copy of the title and abstract of an applicant’s Thesis or Major Research Paper, if one was completed.
  • Proof of membership in professional social work associations(s) from another country
  • A copy of Social work Certificate(s) or Diplomas(s) obtained
 
Supporting documentation may be sent to CASW directly by an applicant or by a third party on behalf of the applicant. Please send these documents via email to casw@casw-acts.ca.  If it is not possible to send supporting documentation via email, applicants may mail documents to:
 
Canadian Association of Social Workers
M229 - 1554 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K1Z 7M4

 


8. Waiver Form

Please complete the Waiver Form and mail it in with the required additional and supporting documentation if you intend to practice social work in Canada.
 
If an applicant receives equivalency to a Canadian Bachelor or Masters of Social Work, CASW will send a letter to the provincial or territorial regulatory body designated in the Waiver Form.
 
A letter will not be sent to the designated provincial or territorial regulatory body if the applicant does not receive equivalency to a Canadian Bachelor or Masters of Social Work.
 
Applicants receive letters of assessment regardless of results.
 
The waiver form may be sent to CASW directly by an applicant or by a third party on behalf of the applicant. Please send this document via email to casw@casw-acts.ca.  If it is not possible to send the waiver form via email, applicants may mail documents to:
 
Canadian Association of Social Workers
M229 - 1554 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K1Z 7M4
 

9. Pay the Application Fee

The fee is $339.00 ($300 plus 13% HST) and 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.  If the credit card is in a name other than the applicant's, please specify the applicant's name under "Instructions for the Seller" on the PayPal 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).

The CASW refund policy can be found here

 

 

Applications will be processed only after receipt and deposit of full payment. 
 
Money order and certified cheques made payable to the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) are also accepted, and should be mailed with your application form. Please be aware that CASW will not proceed with an assessment until confirmation is received from our banking institution that payment has cleared.
 
Canadian Association of Social Workers
M229 - 1554 Carling Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario K1Z 7M4