Fees and funding

The SWRB recently undertook a review of our fees to make sure they were fair.

We work hard to keep costs down and the fee for a Practising Certificate has not increased since 2010, unlike rising charges in other professions. The Registration fee has also not increased.

We are restoring a disciplinary levy ($50) to reflect the costs of managing the complaints and disciplinary process.

It may be helpful to know we use the funds to cover, for example, the costs of:

  • reviewing social workers’ registration applications
  • maintaining and re-developing the competence framework
  • providing regulatory and practice advice
  • reviewing social work degree programmes
  • managing a complaints and disciplinary process
  • running the website
  • developing policy including the Scope of Practice,
  • undertaking consultation and submissions and
  • holding Board meetings.

You can find out more about the disciplinary levy and the funding review, below.

2019/2020 Fees

(includes GST)

Apply to register with a NZ qualification$ 345
Apply to register with an overseas qualification$ 345
Practising Certificate application (initial and annual)$ 368
New Graduate first Practising Certificate application$ 268
Disciplinary levy (initial and annual)$ 50
Assessment of overseas qualification (non-binding) (section 7)$ 300
Initial assessment part 1 Experience Pathway (section 13)$ 276
Assessment full Experience Pathway (section 13)$ 1,400
Re-processing of lapsed registration application$ 345
Competence assessment (overseas) application$ 255.55
Competence assessment in person (face to face)$ 3,102.70
Copies of certificates or entries$ 46
Replacement Practising Certificate identification card$ 20
Recognition and Re-recognition of a New Zealand social work education programme applicationUp to $29,900
Mid-cycle review of a SWRB recognised New Zealand social work education programmeUp to $10,350