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Current qualification accepted

Required for practice:

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


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


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

Workers who don't have one of the listed qualifications can apply to register as a worker by using one of the other routes to register.

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 2 Health and Social Care: Practice (Adults)


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

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

  1. Social Work qualification approved by Social Care Wales

  2. First Level Registered Nurse

  3. Occupational Therapy Degree

  4. Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Children and Young People) Wales and Northern Ireland

  5. NVQ 3 Health and Social Care (Children and Young People)

  6. NVQ 3 Caring for Children and Young People

Other UK qualifications accepted

Workers moving to Wales who hold a qualification recognised by the Department of Education (England), the Northern Ireland Social Services 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 (children and young people) Award before applying to register.

Induction requirements

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.

Continuing professional development CPD (previously known as PRTL)

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

More information on CPD.