Qualifications you need to register

To register with us you must meet the requirements for registration. You can apply to register if you already hold the qualification required for your post.

Registration based on completing the All Wales Induction Framework

If you are applying as a residential child care worker and do not yet have the required qualification, you can initially register on the basis of completion of the All Wales Induction Framework (AWIF). 

You must complete the required qualification for your post before you renew three years after your initial registration.

More information about your qualifications

Required qualifications for domiciliary care workers

Those who want to register for a domiciliary care role can use qualification route A or route B below

Route A – this route is for those who already have one of the qualifications shown below:

For those employed to work with adults in domiciliary care services:

  • the Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) Wales and Northern Ireland   or
  • the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) Wales and Northern Ireland  or
  • a predecessor/health qualification as specified in the Qualification Framework for the Social Care Sector in Wales.

For those employed to work with children in domiciliary care settings:

  • the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Children and Young People) Wales or
  • a predecessor/health qualification as specified in the Qualification Framework for the Social Care Sector in Wales.

Route B – this route is for people who do not have one of the qualifications listed above and only applies to those workers registering before April 2020

the Level 2 Award for Social Care Induction (Wales)  or

for workers with 3 or more years’ experience of working in the sector, a statement of competence that has been signed by the registered manager and is supported by evidence of relevant knowledge and skills

For those registering after April 2020

  • complete the Level 2 Core Qualification

 and

  • All Wales Induction Framework for Health and Social Care. You will be required to complete a practice qualification within the first three year registration period, before you can renew your registration.

Note:

Those who use Route B to register and who register before 1 April 2020 will not be required to complete any further qualifications but will have to meet the post registration training and learning requirements.

Those who complete the Level 2 Core Qualification and the All Wales Induction Framework for Health and Social Care will need to complete one of the following qualifications within their first (three-year) period of registration:

For those employed to work with adults in domiciliary care services:

  • the Level 2 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) Wales and Northern Ireland  or
  • the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults) Wales and Northern Ireland  or
  • a predecessor/health qualification as specified in the Qualification Framework for the Social Care Sector in Wales.    

For those employed to work with children in domiciliary care settings:

  • the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Children and Young People) Wales  or

Qualification verification service

We are responsible for verifying any approved qualification in social work awarded in Wales (this includes qualifications before the Social Work Degree).

We offer a qualification verification service. People can request a unique letter that shows:

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

This service can take up to 20 working days.

We can only issue letters of verification to the award holder. With written consent, we can also send it to an employer or employment agency.

The letter of verification isn’t proof of identity. It also isn’t proof that a person is a registered qualified social worker. Employers have the 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

Last updated: 16 April 2018