SWRB & education

SWRB & education Social Workers Registration Board

The SWRB has two roles in social work education:

  • to recognise social work qualifications that meet our Programme Recognition Standards (PRS)
  • to work with providers and the bodies that set standards for social work education and training in NZ, to promote and set standards for those programmes.

NZ-recognised social work qualifications

The SWRB recognises two levels of social work qualifications:

  • At the undergraduate level, a four-year, full-time equivalent bachelor’s degree.
  • At the postgraduate level, a two-year full-time equivalent master’s degree.

These programmes are offered by a range of tertiary education institutions: universities, institutes of technology and polytechnics, wānanga and a private training establishment.

To be eligible to register and work as a social worker in the future, you will need to graduate with a social work qualification from one of the institutions offering an SWRB-recognised programme of study.

Where you can study

There are 18 New Zealand educational institutions that offer social work programmes that are recognised by the SWRB. Programmes of study are offered in Whangarei, Auckland, Hamilton, Gisborne, Tauranga, Hawkes Bay, Rotorua, Palmerston North, Otaki, Porirua, Lower Hutt, Nelson, Christchurch, and Dunedin.

Find the SWRB-recognised social work qualifications by clicking on the following:

SWRB-recognised social work qualifications

Thinking about becoming a social worker?

Find out more here.

Review of qualifications

All education institutes delivering SWRB-recognised social work qualifications in New Zealand are reviewed on a regular basis by the SWRB.

Find out more here.

Annual education reports

The SWRB compiles a report at the end of each academic year that provides information on student numbers and demographics, as well as field education activities. You can find copies of recent reports below.

2019 Annual Education Providers Report


2018 Annual Education Providers Report


2017 Annual Education Providers Report


2016 Annual Report of Recognition Programmes


2014 Annual Report of Recognition Programmes


2013 Annual Report of Recognition Programmes