Competence Assessment

Part of the registration application process for a social worker in New Zealand is to either complete a competence assessment or hold a valid/current competence certificate.

To obtain a Competence Certificate, you must:

  • completed the SWRB paper-based competence assessment application or
  • successfully undertaken a competence assessment with the ANZASW or
  • have completed a New Zealand recognised qualification in the last two years.

Recognised competence assessment programme providers

Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW)

If you hold a competence certificate gained within the last five years from the ANZASW you may use this competence certificate for the purpose of the registration application process to become a Registered Social Worker in New Zealand.

Please contact the Association for further details:

National Office
DX Box WX 33 484
Christchurch 8053
Phone: +64 3 349 0190
Fax: +64 3 349 0191


Memorandum of Understanding

In order to make our relationship and communication more transparent between ANZASW and the SWRB, we entered into a MOU. This document can be downloaded by clicking on the link below

MOU between ANZASW and SWRB