Health and social care qualifications

This page has information on qualifications required or recommended for different roles in health and social care, qualifications accepted from other parts of the UK and supporting managers to gain the relevant qualifications. There is also further information on the background and the development of the Diplomas.

Keep up to date with the development of new health, social care and childcare qualifications

We will be updating you with the latest news on the development of the new health, social care and childcare qualifcations. 

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Qualifications engagement events

Qualifications Wales are holding engagement events for the children's care, learning, development and play qualifications.

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Required or recommended qualifications

We work with the Welsh Government to agree the qualifications that are required or recommended:

  • Qualifications required to practice – These are needed to register as a professional worker with us
  • Qualifications required by National Minimum Standards (NMS) – Care services need these qualifications to meet standards. These are set by the Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW)
  • Recommended qualifications – These are qualifications that we’ve agreed with the sector. People should have these for certain professional roles or settings.

Qualification framework for the social care sector in Wales

This framework sets out the required and the recommended qualifications for different roles in different service settings.

Guide to Qualifications in Health and Social Care, Early Years and Childcare

This guide explains how the Qualification and Credit Framework works.

It has information about:

  • the qualifications
  • the framework
  • which awarding organisations are offering them.

Qualifications for Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

CPD is on-going learning and development to improve and extend professional practice throughout your career. This page is about recommended qualifications for CPD.

It’s important to develop professional knowledge and skills throughout your working life.

CPD is:
  • about seeing everyday experiences as learning opportunities
  • about achieving professionalism in everything you do
  • a commitment to updating knowledge and skills.
We endorse these CPD qualifications:
  • Level 2 Certificate in Dementia Care
  • Level 3 Certificate in Dementia Care
  • Level 2 Award in Promoting Food Safety and Nutrition in Health and Social Care or Early Years and Childcare Settings (QCF)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Individuals with Learning Disabilities (QCF)
  • Level 3 Award in Working with Substance Misuse (QCF)
  • Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Substance Misuse (QCF)
  • Level 3 Award in the Awareness of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (QCF)
  • Level 2 Award in Introductory Awareness of Sensory Loss
  • Level 3 Award in Understanding Sensory Loss
  • Level 3 Award in Working with Vulnerable Young People
  • Level 4 Award in Working with Vulnerable Young People
  • Level 3 Certificate in Working with Vulnerable Young People
  • Level 4 Certificate in Working with Vulnerable Young People
  • BTEC Level 3 Advanced Certificate in Positive Behavioural Support
  • BTEC Level 4 Professional Certificate in Positive Behavioural Support
  • BTEC Level 5 Professional Diploma in Positive Behavioural Support

This list is updated regularly.

More information can be found on

Qualifications accepted from other parts of the UK

Qualifications for the social care, early years and childcare workforce in Wales differ from other parts of the UK.

We have a guide called Qualifications Across Boundaries. It sets out the qualifications that are accepted as equivalent to those named for workers in Wales.

Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales

This framework brings all recognised learning into a single structure. It includes higher education, lifelong learning and general vocational education and learning.

We lead the accreditation of Quality Assured Lifelong Learning (QALL) for the social care, early years and childcare workforce.

Level 3 Diploma in Occupational Therapy Support

As well as the qualifications hosted on this website, this diploma has been developed for support workers in health and social care. It’s aimed at roles where occupational therapy is either all or part of their work.

Learners must be under the direction of an occupational therapist. This may be in the local authority, NHS, independent provision or blended roles.

For more information about the qualification:

Skills for Care and Development Assessment Principles

A resource that sets out the minimum expected principles and approaches to the assessment of the diploma qualifications.

Last updated: 08 January 2018