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Qualifications needed

To register with us you must have the right qualification for your job. Find out what qualification you need to register and what you must do to register if you don't yet have the qualification that's required.

Adult care home workers

There are several ways to register as an adult care home worker:

1. Register with a qualification

For workers who have a qualification Level 2 or 3 in health and social care (Diploma, QCF or NVQ) or equivalent.

Workers can also register using the City and Guilds Level 2 Health and Social Care: Core, but will then need to complete the full Level 2 or 3 in health and social care Diploma, QCF or NVQ within three years.

What you need to do:

2. Register by employer assessment

Employers can confirm their workers’ application to register after assessing their understanding against a list of areas.

The Employer must be confident that the worker has the necessary understanding, as set out in the employer’s assessment. The employer completes this assessment by confirming the information in their SCWonline account when a worker submits an online application. Online applications will also need to be endorsed by the employer.

Social care workers who use the employer assessment route to register will need to complete one of the qualifications listed in the qualification framework within the first three-year period of registration.

Read our frequently asked questions about the new employer assessment.

3. Register following induction

Please note the Principles and Values and All Wales induction framework will only be able to be used as evidence to Register up to October 2022, after which workers will need to use different evidence to show they are suitable to join the Register as these will no longer be accepted.

Workers who are new to social care can register by completing:

The All Wales induction framework for health and social care (AWIF) is a workbook based course which covers the principles, values, knowledge and skills workers need to carry out their role competently.

What you need to do:

  • There are seven sections to the AWIF, each section has a progress log and a workbook to support the worker in their learning.
  • Details on how to complete the AWIF can be found in our qualification guidance pages
  • On completing the AWIF the registered manager can provide you with a certificate of completion.
  • Submit the certificate as evidence to support the application to register.
  • Once registered, the worker will need to complete a required practice qualification by the time they have to renew their registration in three years’ time.

The Social Care Wales Principles and Values Award course and assessment (adults) is a question and answer workbook and online multiple choice assessment that managers will need to nominate a worker to complete. The worker will receive email notification of this with joining instructions.

What you need to do:

  • When the worker has successfully completed the course and assessment, submit the certificate as evidence to support the application to register.
  • Once registered, the worker will need to complete a required practice qualification by the time they have to renew their registration in three years’ time.

4. Register with experience if you don't have a required qualification

For workers who have worked for three of the past five years in a relevant social care role but have no recognised qualification. Managers will assess workers against the required competencies and provide a signed declaration to confirm your competence as a lawful, safe and effective practitioner.

What you need to do:

  • Get your competence certified by your manager.
  • Once your manager has confirmed your competence, apply to register on SCWonline.

Read our guidance on the confirmed competence route.

Domiciliary care workers

There are several ways to register as a domiciliary care worker.

1. Register with a qualification

For workers who have a qualification Level 2 or 3 in health and social care (Diploma, QCF or NVQ) or equivalent.

Workers can also register using the City and Guilds Level 2 Health and Social Care: Core, but will then need to complete the full Level 2 or 3 in health and social care Diploma, QCF or NVQ within three years.

What you need to do:

2. Register by employer assessment

Employers can confirm their workers’ application to register after assessing their understanding against a list of areas.

The Employer must be confident that the worker has the necessary understanding, as set out in the employer’s assessment. The employer completes this assessment by confirming the information in their SCWonline account when a worker submits an online application. Online applications will also need to be endorsed by the employer.

Social care workers who use the employer assessment route to register will need to complete one of the qualifications listed in the qualification framework within the first three-year period of registration.

Read our frequently asked questions about the new employer assessment.

3. Register following induction

Please note the Principles and Values and All Wales induction framework will only be able to be used as evidence to Register up to October 2022, after which workers will need to use different evidence to show they are suitable to join the Register as these will no longer be accepted.

Workers who are new to social care can register by completing:

The All Wales induction framework for health and social care (AWIF) is a workbook based course which covers the principles, values, knowledge and skills workers need to carry out their role competently.

What you need to do:

  • There are seven sections to the AWIF, each section has a progress log and a workbook to support the worker in their learning.
  • Details on how to complete the AWIF can be found in our qualification guidance pages
  • On completing the AWIF the registered manager can provide you with a certificate of completion.
  • Submit the certificate as evidence to support the application to register.
  • Once registered, the worker will need to complete a required practice qualification by the time they have to renew their registration in three years’ time.

The Social Care Wales Principles and Values Award course and assessment is a question and answer workbook and online multiple choice assessment that managers will need to nominate a worker to complete. The worker will receive email notification of this with joining instructions.

What you need to do:

  • When the worker has successfully completed the course and assessment, submit the certificate as evidence to support the application to register.
  • Once registered, the worker will need to complete a required practice qualification by the time they have to renew their registration in three years’ time.

4. Register with experience if you don't have a required qualification

For workers who have worked for three of the past five years in a relevant social care role but have no recognised qualification. Managers will assess workers against the required competencies and provide a signed declaration to confirm your competence as a lawful, safe and effective practitioner.

What you need to do:

  • Get your competence certified by your manager.
  • Once your manager has confirmed your competence, apply to register on SCWonline.

Read our guidance on the confirmed competence route.

Workers who register with their experience by having their competence confirmed, before October 2022 won’t need a qualification to re-register.

Residential child care workers

There are several ways to register as a residential child care worker:

1. Register with a qualification

For workers who have a qualification Level 3 in health and social care (Diploma, QCF or NVQ) or equivalent.

Workers can also register using the City and Guilds Level 2 Health and Social Care: Core, but will then need to complete the full Level 3 in health and social care Diploma, QCF or NVQ within three years.

What you need to do:

2. Register by employer assessment

Employers can confirm their workers’ application to register after assessing their understanding against a list of areas.

The Employer must be confident that the worker has the necessary understanding, as set out in the employer’s assessment. The employer completes this assessment by confirming the information in their SCWonline account when a worker submits an online application. Online applications will also need to be endorsed by the employer.

Social care workers who use the employer assessment route to register will need to complete one of the qualifications listed in the qualification framework within the first three-year period of registration.

Read our frequently asked questionsabout the new employer assessment.

3. Register following induction

Please note the Principles and Values and All Wales induction framework will only be able to be used as evidence to Register up to October 2022, after which workers will need to use different evidence to show they are suitable to join the Register as these will no longer be accepted.

Workers who are new to social care can register by completing:

The All Wales induction framework for health and social care (AWIF) is a workbook based course which covers the principles, values, knowledge and skills workers need to carry out their role competently.

What you need to do:

  • There are seven sections to the AWIF, each section has a progress log and a workbook to support the worker in their learning.
  • Details on how to complete the AWIF can be found in our qualification guidance pages
  • On completing the AWIF the registered manager can provide you with a certificate of completion.
  • Submit the certificate as evidence to support the application to register.
  • Once registered, the worker will need to complete a required practice qualification by the time they have to renew their registration in three years’ time.

The Social Care Wales Principles and Values Award course and assessment is a question and answer workbook and online multiple choice assessment that managers will need to nominate a worker to complete. The worker will receive email notification of this with joining instructions.

What you need to do:

  • When the worker has successfully completed the course and assessment, submit the certificate as evidence to support the application to register.
  • Once registered, the worker will need to complete a required practice qualification by the time they have to renew their registration in three years’ time.

Residential family centre workers

There are several ways to register as a residential family centre worker:

1. Register with a qualification

For workers who have a qualification Level 3 in health and social care (Diploma, QCF or NVQ) or equivalent.

Workers can also register using the City and Guilds Level 2 Health and Social Care: Core, but will then need to complete the full Level 3 in health and social care Diploma, QCF or NVQ within three years.

What you need to do:

2. Register by employer assessment

Employers can confirm their workers’ application to register after assessing their understanding against a list of areas.

The Employer must be confident that the worker has the necessary understanding, as set out in the employer’s assessment. The employer completes this assessment by confirming the information in their SCWonline account when a worker submits an online application. Online applications will also need to be endorsed by the employer.

Social care workers who use the employer assessment route to register will need to complete one of the qualifications listed in the qualification framework within the first three-year period of registration.

Read our frequently asked questions about the new employer assessment.

3. Register following induction

Please note the Principles and Values and All Wales induction framework will only be able to be used as evidence to Register up to October 2022, after which workers will need to use different evidence to show they are suitable to join the Register as these will no longer be accepted.

Workers who are new to social care can register by completing:

The All Wales induction framework for health and social care (AWIF) is a workbook based course which covers the principles, values, knowledge and skills workers need to carry out their role competently.

What you need to do:

  • There are seven sections to the AWIF, each section has a progress log and a workbook to support the worker in their learning.
  • Details on how to complete the AWIF can be found in our qualification guidance pages
  • On completing the AWIF the registered manager can provide you with a certificate of completion.
  • Submit the certificate as evidence to support the application to register.
  • Once registered, the worker will need to complete a required practice qualification by the time they have to renew their registration in three years’ time.

The Social Care Wales Principles and Values Award course and assessment is a question and answer workbook and online multiple choice assessment that managers will need to nominate a worker to complete. The worker will receive email notification of this with joining instructions.

What you need to do:

  • When the worker has successfully completed the course and assessment, submit the certificate as evidence to support the application to register.
  • Once registered, the worker will need to complete a required practice qualification by the time they have to renew their registration in three years’ time.

Social care managers

The links below list the required qualifications to apply to register as a social care manager. In addition to this route, we have introduced a new route to register to support organisations with a manager vacancy.

Social care workers who hold the relevant level 3 qualification or level 4 USW Certificate in Step up to Management, will now be able to register as a social care manager if you are enrolled on the level 4 or level 5 management qualification. This will start a new registration cycle and you will have to complete the level 5 by your renewal in 3 years’ time. If you are not already registered with us, you can apply to register at SCWonline.

In addition, social workers, nurses and occupational therapists will now be able to register as a social care manager with a requirement to complete a management qualification within the first three years of your registration. The management qualification must be a minimum of 37 credits, assessed in the workplace and at level 3 or above.

What if I am working in one of these roles but already registered?

You will need to contact us on registration@socialcare.wales and request either a change of registration, or an additional registration.

You will be asked to confirm employment details for the new role and in some cases, we will seek endorsement from a signatory.

Social workers

Find what qualifications you need to register as a social worker

Social work qualification verification service

We offer a qualification verification service that verifies any approved qualification in social work awarded in Wales (this includes qualifications before the Social Work Degree).

You can request a unique letter that shows:

  • the qualification obtained
  • qualification date
  • training establishment attended
  • the name of person who received the award.

Please note that

  • this service can take up to 20 working days
  • we can only issue letters of verification to the award holder
  • we require written consent to send it to an employer or employment agency
  • the letter of verification isn’t proof of identity
  • the letter isn’t proof that a person is a registered qualified social worker
  • employers have a responsibility to check these details.

If you want a letter of verification for a qualification awarded in Wales complete the form below and send to registration@socialcare.wales

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