A non-practicing membership is available as an option only at registration renewal for current registered social workers (RSWs) and non-practicing members who will not be engaged in the practice of social work in Newfoundland and Labrador as defined by the Social Workers Act due to being on extended leave, residing in another jurisdiction or not working. Employment in a related or unrelated field or practicing social work in NL electronically while residing out of province does not qualify for non-practicing membership. Non-practicing members are not eligible to use the title social worker, registered social worker or to engage in the practice of the profession in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Individuals renewing as non-practicing members would complete online renewal through MyNLCSW including submission of the $150 annual fee.
A non-practicing membership can be maintained indefinitely for those not seeking a return to active practice.
BENEFITS OF NON-PRACTICING MEMBERSHIP INCLUDE:
- Ability to return to active social work practice in accordance with the re-entry to practice requirements outlined below,
- Affiliation with the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW),
- Receipt of all NLCSW electronic updates and Connecting Voices newsletters,
- Opportunity to contribute to the work of NLCSW through membership in a variety of committees,
- Access to free continuing education events organized by NLCSW and CASW.
NON-PRACTICING MEMBERS RETURNING TO ACTIVE SOCIAL WORK PRACTICE:
As required under the Social Workers Regulations, re-entry to practice requirements are as follows for non-practicing members with no membership lapse and not actively registered to practice social work in another jurisdiction:
|Non-Practicing Membership||Requirements to Return|
|1-3 years as a non-practicing member||Non-practicing members can return to active social work practice at any time without additional educational requirements|
|3-5 years as a non-practicing member||Non-practicing members who have been non-practicing for more than 3 years but less than 5 years can return to active social work practice by submitting 40 credits if non-practicing for 4 years and 80 credits if non-practicing for 5 years as per CPE Policy statement. These credits can be completed at any time throughout the 4-5 year period that an individual has maintained a non-practicing membership. If credits are not submitted, successful completion of the Association of Social Work Boards Exam is required. Exam details are available by clicking here.|
|5 years or more as a non-practicing member||Successful completion of the Association of Social Work Boards Exam is required. Exam details are available by clicking here.|
One year is equivalent to one registration year. The registration year runs from March 1 to February 28 of any given year.
All non-practicing members returning to active social work practice complete the online application through MyNLCSW including submission of the $250 fee in addition to requirements outlined in the table above.