What is an Annual Practising Certificate?
An Annual Practising Certificate (APC) is issued by the Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB) each year on 1 July and states that you are legally able to practise social work as a Registered Social Worker in New Zealand.
Who can apply for an Annual Practising Certificate?
You can apply for an Annual Practising Certificate if:
- your name is on the public register of Registered Social Workers
- you make a statutory declaration that you are a fit and proper person to hold an APC
- you have a current Competency Certificate
- you have paid your renewal fee.
Who must have an Annual Practising Certificate?
You must have an Annual Practising Certificate if you are practising social work. This includes:
- working directly with clients
- managing and/or supervising other social workers
- teaching social work practice or theory
- being mentally engaged in social work decision making at any level be that in a clinical, managerial or advisory role.
Any Registered Social Worker practising without a current Annual Practising Certificate will be referred to our Complaints and Disciplinary Tribunal, so make sure you renew before 30 June.