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Current qualification accepted

Recommended for practice:

  1. City and Guilds Level 2 Health and Social Care: Core

plus

  1. City and Guilds Level 2 Health and Social Care: Practice (Adults)

or

  1. City and Guilds Level 3 Health and Social Care: Practice (Adults)

or

  1. City and Guilds Level 4 Professional Practice in Health and Social Care

Workers who do not have one of the listed qualifications can apply to register as a worker if they complete the All Wales Induction Framework for Health and Social Care (AWIF) or the Social Care Wales Principles and Values Award within twelve months of starting employment. They will then need to complete the required qualifications within their first 3-year period of registration.

Any qualifications that are listed within more senior roles in the same service area will also be accepted for registration in this role.

Registration with Social Care Wales is now open


Register here

Other requirements

Service regulations require that “the service provider must ensure that at all times a sufficient number of suitably qualified, trained, skilled, competent and experienced staff are deployed to work at the service”.

The suitable qualifications are included on this framework.

Other qualifications accepted

  1. City and Guilds Level 3 Health and Social Care: Practice (Children and Young People)

With a recommendation that the worker completes the Social Care Wales Principles and Values Award (adults).

  1. Social Work qualification approved by Social Care Wales

  2. First Level Registered Nurse

  3. NVQ 3 Health and Social Care (Adults)

  4. NVQ 3 Care: Continuing Care

  5. NVQ 3 Promoting Independence

  6. NVQ 3 Care: Mental Health Care

  7. NVQ 3 Care: Supported Living

  8. NVQ 3 Care

  9. Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) Wales and Northern Ireland

  10. Level 3 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare

  11. Level 3 Diploma in Occupational Therapy Support

  12. Level 3 Diploma in Physiotherapy Support

  13. Level 3 Diploma in Reablement Support

  14. Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) Wales and Northern Ireland

  15. Level 2 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare

  16. NVQ 2 Health and Social Care

  17. NVQ 2 Care

  18. NVQ 2 Care: Direct Personal Care

  19. NVQ 2 Care: Independent Living Support

  20. NVQ 2 Care: Developmental Care

Other UK qualifications accepted

Workers moving to Wales who hold a qualification recognised by Skills for Care (England), the Northern Ireland Social Care Council or Scottish Social Service Council should complete aspects of the all Wales induction framework for health and social care that are pertinent to their role and the service setting and must also complete the Social Care Wales Principles and Values (adults) Award.

Induction requirements

The All Wales induction framework for health and social care is designed for social care workers and healthcare support workers. It covers care and support for adults, and children and young people.

It provides a structure for a common induction in health and social care across Wales and outlines the knowledge and skills new workers need to gain in the first six months of employment.

All employers have a responsibility to make sure their new workers receive a suitable induction using this induction framework. Workers may be new to the role, organisation or sector.