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Mandatory registration – costs and support

The shift to mandatory registration is getting closer with all social workers needing to be registered by February 27th, 2021. It’s a great step forward for the profession and one long sought by social workers who will join the ranks of other regulated professionals including teachers, nurses, doctors and lawyers. It’s the SWRB’s role to ensure… Read more »

New database & MySWRB

We have transitioned to a new database and created an online portal, MySWRB, which is an exciting development. You will be able to create an account by logging into MySWRB and then you’ll be able to apply for registration, update your details, renew your Practising Certificate and do much more. You’ll find the login for MySWRB… Read more »

Experience pathway: S13 stage two

Stage two of the experience pathway is now available. The experience pathway may be for you if you have extensive social work experience in New Zealand, but not an SWRB-recognised social work qualification. Stage two is in four parts and assesses the extent of your social work practice in Aotearoa New Zealand, as follows: Part… Read more »

COVID-19 update

As the regulator, the SWRB recognises that social workers, employers and communities are facing challenging circumstances in response to COVID-19.  We are working remotely using zoom and offering most of our services which you can find out more about below. Social workers Some of you will be part of the essential services but those who… Read more »

The phone system

We’ve been having some difficulties with our new phone system so we’d like to apologise if you’ve been trying to get through with not much luck. Please email us instead on: or if it’s about registration:

Experience pathway: S13

If you have extensive experience practising social work in NZ, here’s a pathway to apply to become registered.

CPD Symposium tickets

Explore social work practice with Māori and Pasifika at a one-day symposium, in Wellington with Justice Joe Williams, and in Christchurch with Kiritahi Firmin. This will contribute towards your CPD, Continuing Professional Development.

Board meeting dates – 2019/2020

The SWRB Board meets throughout the year to approve registration applications. Only a completed application will go forward to the SWRB Board for approval. An application for registration must go through all the required checks and have police results back before going to a Board meeting. Applications that require reviewing prior to approval i.e. Fit & Proper concerns… Read more »

Research project

A researcher at Auckland University is seeking practising social workers with prior criminal convictions for a research project examining their experiences in the social work profession. The project will explore the barriers they have faced and determine the assets and strengths they have brought to the social work profession. Participation in this research will involve… Read more »