Provisional registration

All social workers in New Zealand are provisionally registered until they have completed 2,000 hours of supervised social work in Aotearoa and completed any other conditions required by the SWRB Board.

Being provisionally registered and having a valid Practising Certificate allows you to practise as a social worker in the mandatory environment.

To move from provisional registration to full registration, there are a number of steps to undertake, and these depend upon whether you are a NZ-qualified social worker or an overseas-qualified social worker.

NZ-qualified social workers

If you are provisionally registered and want to move to full registration, you will need to:

  • complete 2,000 hours of supervised social work practice in New Zealand, and
  • fill out a confirmation of hours form for your manager/supervisor to complete:

    Confirmation of hours

Please email your form to applications@swrb.govt.nz.

Overseas-qualified social workers

If you are an overseas-qualified social worker, you will need to:

  • complete 2,000 hours of supervised social work in New Zealand post qualification, and
  • fill out a confirmation of hours form for your manager/supervisor to complete:

    Confirmation of hours

If you completed an overseas competence assessment when you applied for registration, you will also need to complete the following:

  • a CPD log, including:
    1. 10 hours of continuing professional development relating to competence to practise social work with Māori
    2. 10 hours of continuing professional development relating to competence to practise social work with different ethnic and cultural groups in New Zealand.
    3. CPD log

and

Please send your completed documents to applications@swrb.govt.nz.

These competence requirements must be completed within two years of becoming registered.

However, you can build up your 2,000 hours within 8 years, remaining provisionally registered.