Competence Assessment

Introduction

It is a professional responsibility for all practising social workers to maintain and be able to provide evidence of their competence to practise.

The Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB) competence process provides an opportunity for all social workers to undertake a competence assessment. It is also a process that supports social workers to keep their competence assessment current by undertaking a competence recertification assessment.

The SWRB Ten Core Competence Standards are used for the purposes of assessment and recertification.

To apply for registration as a social worker in New Zealand or to retain/renew your Annual Practising Certificate, you must have current Competence Certificate.

To obtain a Competence Certificate, you must have either:

  • completed the SWRB paper-based competence assessment application or
  • successfully undertaken a competence assessment with the ANZASW or
  • have completed a SWRB New Zealand recognised qualification in the last two years or
  • SWRB recognised overseas practice competence click for more information

THERE ARE TWO CATEGORIES OF COMPETENCE ASSESSMENT:

Full and Recertification