Current qualification accepted
Required for practice:
City and Guilds Level 2 Health and Social Care: Core
City and Guilds Level 2 Health and Social Care: Practice (Adults)
City and Guilds Level 3 Health and Social Care: Practice (Adults)
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.
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
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).
Social Work qualification approved by Social Care Wales
First Level Registered Nurse
Occupational Therapy Degree
NVQ 3 Care: Mental Health Care
NVQ 3 Care: Supported Living
NVQ 3 Care
NVQ 3 Care: Continuing Care
NVQ 3 Health and Social Care (Adults)
NVQ 3 Promoting Independence
Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) Wales and Northern Ireland
Level 3 Diploma in Reablement Support
Level 3 Diploma in Physiotherapy Support
Level 3 Diploma in Occupational Therapy Support
Level 3 Diploma in Clinical Healthcare
NVQ 2 Health and Social Care
NVQ 2 Care
NVQ 2 Care: Direct Personal Care
NVQ 2 Care: Independent Living Support
NVQ 2 Care: Developmental Care
NVQ 2 Care: Domiciliary support
Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) Wales and Northern Ireland
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.
The All Wales Induction Framework for Health and Social Care (AWIF) 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.