Competence Assessment


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


Full or Recertification

Your competence assessment application and full payment needs to be submitted at least four weeks prior to your current competence expiry date.  You can email your competence assessment application in a PDF format to

All competence assessment applications are sent to external assessors on a Friday.  If your competence assessment application and payment is received after 5pm on a Wednesday, it will not be processed until the following week.