If you qualified or are due to study in the UK

Advice about applying for registration in Wales.

Note for Students: Please don’t create an SCWonline account or apply to register until you receive an invite from us to do so.

Applying to register

Domiciliary care workers please see our what you need to know pages before you apply

Use SCWonline to apply to the Register of Social Care Workers (the Register). This is accessible on a smart phone, PC or tablet.

Applications take around 30 minutes and can be saved and completed in stages. They will be processed when:

  • You've clicked submit
  • You have paid
  • Your application has been endorsed.

Everyone who applies to register must agree to abide by the Code of Professional Practice for Social Care.

Refusing a registration

We can refuse registration and we can impose sanctions such as:

  • restrictions on working
  • training requirements
  • work experience.

We investigate if there’s evidence that questions someone’s suitability to work in social care.

If you’re a first time applicant

To apply for the first time you’ll need to create a SCWonline account.

This will allow you to:
  • apply for initial registration
  • apply to renew your registration after three years
  • manage your registration including recording your post registration training and learning. (PRTL)
You will need to provide:
  • a personal email address that is unique to yourself so we can contact you
  • your national insurance number
  • details of your job, including address, job title and start date (or future start date if it’s a new job)
  • your employment history since leaving school
  • your bank details to setup a Direct Debit to pay your fees. (more information is on our fees page)
  • your verified qualification certificate (not required for all social work students)
  • the date of your most recent criminal records check (CRB or DBS) (not required for all social work students)
  • confirmation that you intend to practise in Wales
  • verified copies of your ID documents.
Disciplinary record and criminal offences

You must tell us in your application if you:

  • have a disciplinary record
  • are currently the subject of an investigation
  • have a criminal record.
Endorsement (does not apply to student applications)

Applications to register must be endorsed. This gives us confirmation and evidence:

  • of your good character
  • there aren’t any reasons why you shouldn’t be on the Register.

On your application you must select the person who’ll endorse your application. Select someone from the list of approved individuals for your organisation.

If you’re qualifying in Wales, select a signatory from the degree course provider or current social care employer. If you get employment by the time we receive confirmation of your qualification, we’ll contact your new employer. This happens before we complete your registration.

Your endorser will be able to view all information on your application apart from your health and equality and diversity answers.

Your endorser must be a professional individual who isn’t a relative and doesn’t have a personal relationship with you.

More information about endorsements:

Your health

You must tell us if you have any physical or mental health conditions that may affect your ability to work in social care.

Supporting documents

You must not send us original documents, send us copies that have been verified. This means they’re signed by an authorised person who has seen the original documents (there’s more information in the Endorsement section below).

To send us scanned documents:

  • go to your SCWonline account
  • click ‘My Profile’
  • select ‘Upload a document’.

Starting university

You will receive an email and an invitation code. This will ask you to create your SCWonline account and apply to register if you've been offered a place on a social work degree course.

You must be registered with us before starting a social work degree in Wales.

More information on the social work bursary scheme 

Final year students qualifying this year

Studying in a Welsh University

A Welsh university will tell us when your course ends. Then we’ll remove your name from the part of the Register for students.

If you have passed your course, we will invite you to apply as a social worker. To apply you must:

  • log in to your SCWonline and
  • complete a new application.

The information we already have available makes this process quicker and easier. As you’ve been registered with us before, you don’t need to send in any documents. Applications can be made up to two months before you qualify. You will not be registered until we have received the official exam board results for your course.

Studying outside of Wales but in the UK

Once you have evidence of your qualification please

  • create a SCWonline account
  • apply as a person ‘qualified with a UK Degree/ Master’s in Social Work from a University outside Wales’.

We’ll ask you for the information required to register for the first time. This includes verified copies of your identity documents and a verified copy of your qualification certificate. These can be uploaded directly into your SCWonline account.

Returning to the Register

If you’ve created an SCWonline account in the past, please do not create a new one. 

Contact us so we can send you a link to create new login details.

We will ask someone returning to the Register

Someone returning to practice will need to demonstrate current knowledge and understanding of contemporary social work practice to apply for registration.

Please read the below before submitting an application to return to the Register

Individuals removed under a removal order by a fitness to practise committee can only apply to be restored to the Register five years after the date they were removed.

Further information about Fitness to practise

Last updated: 11 July 2018