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Current qualification accepted

Recommended for practice:

  1. Degree in Social Work


  1. Postgraduate Certificate in Managing Practice Quality in Social Care


  1. Degree in Social Work


A generic management qualification on condition that:

  • it is set at a minimum of level 3
  • it has a minimum of 37 credits
  • it was assessed in the workplace for occupational competence and the registered person was in a relevant role in a health or social care setting when the qualification was undertaken

NB: Managers who hold a Degree in Social Work but not one of the listed management qualifications, can apply to register but will need to complete the Postgraduate Certificate in Managing Practice Quality in Social Care within their first 3 year period of registration.

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. Social Work qualification approved by Social Care Wales


  1. NVQ 4 Management (Assessed in a Social Care Setting)

Induction requirements

It is the responsibility of employers and the service provider to make sure that everyone working at the service receives an induction that’s appropriate to their role – this includes managers. This induction is expected to be robust and accessible to prepare them for new and changing roles and responsibilities.

It is also expected that all new managers will receive The Social Care Manager – practice guidance for social care managers registered with Social Care Wales as part of their induction, along with the Code of Practice for Social Care Employers.