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Information on registration fees, Find out how to pay and what the next fee increases will be and when.

What are fees

When applying for registration you must pay an application fee, each year you will need to pay an annual fee and every three years you will need to pay a renewal fee when you renew your registration.

We will let you know when your fees are due, the amount you need to pay and when to pay on your SCWonline account.

We don’t refund fees:

  • if applications are incomplete
  • if registration has been refused
  • if you decide to leave the Register.

Current fees

  • Social worker (qualified in the UK) - application, annual and renewal fee – £80
  • Social workers (qualified outside the UK) - who don’t have a letter of verification will need to pay £350 to get their qualification verified (and an additional fee of £200 for an aptitude test if requested by the applicant)
  • Social workers returning to practice - will need to pay an additional £200 and the £80 application fee
  • Social care manager - application, annual and renewal fee - £80
  • Social care workers - application, annual and renewal fee - £30
  • Social work student - application and annual fee - £15.

How to pay

Direct Debit

Direct Debit is the easiest and safest way to pay your fees and can be set up on your SCWonline account.

If you change your bank account, you’ll need to set up a transfer instruction with your bank or a new Direct Debit with us.

Direct Debits are covered by the Direct Debit Guarantee. Once the Direct Debit is setup on your account we can request annual and renewal fees directly from your bank. If you leave the Register the Direct Debit will automatically be closed.

Credit or debit card

You can pay by credit or debit card on your SCWonline account.

Claiming back tax

If you pay UK tax, you can claim tax relief if you have to pay for registration fees or other things that you need to buy for your work, such as uniforms and travel costs for the last four years.

Paying without a UK bank account

You can transfer money directly from your account outside the UK using the SWIFT system.

Your bank will need the following:

  • Sort code: 201876
  • IBAN number: GB83BARC20187640923893
  • SWIFT code: BARCGB22

Make sure your bank uses your full name and date of birth as the reference with the payment. This will help us see who’s made the payment.

Any bank charges for making a SWIFT payment must be paid by you.

Your bank may charge you SWIFT costs. Makes sure this charge is covered and not deducted from your registration fee.

Contact us

If you have a question or if you can't find what you are looking for get in touch with us.

First published: 6 February 2018
Last updated: 13 October 2023
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