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Current qualification accepted

Required 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 required


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.

If domiciliary care workers are working with both adults and children, it is the employers’ responsibility to make sure the manager has undertaken the appropriate qualification units for adults and children, and that they have the knowledge, understanding and skills needed for their role.

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. Occupational Therapy Degree

  4. NVQ 3 Care: Mental Health Care

  5. NVQ 3 Care: Supported Living

  6. NVQ 3 Care

  7. NVQ 3 Care: Continuing Care

  8. NVQ 3 Health and Social Care (Adults)

  9. NVQ 3 Promoting Independence

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

  11. Level 3 Diploma in Reablement Support

  12. Level 3 Diploma in Physiotherapy Support

  13. Level 3 Diploma in Occupational Therapy Support

  14. Level 3 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare

  15. NVQ 2 Health and Social Care

  16. NVQ 2 Care

  17. NVQ 2 Care: Direct Personal Care

  18. NVQ 2 Care: Independent Living Support

  19. NVQ 2 Care: Developmental Care

  20. NVQ 2 Care: Domiciliary support

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

  22. Level 2 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare

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 before applying to register.

Induction requirements

The All Wales induction framework for health and social care is a new induction framework 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.

Post-registration training and learning (PRTL) requirements

All registered persons are required to complete a total of 90 hours’ or 15 days’ PRTL for each three-year period of registration.

More information on PRTL.