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Registering as a domiciliary care worker or adult care home worker: confirmed competence route

We want to keep experienced domiciliary care workers and adult care home workers in the sector.


The confirmed competence route helps us decide whether we can add someone to the Register of Social Care Workers based on their experience rather than qualifications.

Before you apply

To apply to register using the confirmed competence route, you need to have worked for at least three years within the last five years in a relevant care or support role.

Your experience:

  • needs to have been paid work (not voluntary)
  • doesn’t need to be continuous experience
  • can come from full-time or part-time work
  • can be from different employers.

Your current employer needs to be sure you have enough experience, based on your employment history and references from your previous employer.

How it works

Before you apply to register, your registered manager needs to make sure you can consistently show you satisfy our required competencies. See:

Your registered manager will use this list to collect evidence that proves your practice meets our standards.

They’ll have examples of the kind of evidence you can use.

You don’t need to upload the evidence as part of the application.

You need to keep hold of the evidence in case you're chosen for audit.

How to apply to register

Watch our video about how to start the application process:

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To apply using the confirmed competence route, watch our video to find out what you need to do:

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Once you’ve submitted your application, we’ll send your manager an email asking them to log into their SCWonline account and complete the statement of competence.

We’ll let you know if your application has been successful.

We might carry out sample checks and ask for copies of your evidence. This is so we can check you’re suitable for registration.

Your registered manager is responsible for making sure your evidence is accurate.

If your manager submits false or misleading information, they could be removed from the Register.

If Care Inspectorate Wales is worried about your competence, they’ll let us know.

After you’ve registered

Once your application to register has been approved, you’ll need to complete 45 hours of continuing professional development (CPD). You’ll have three years to do this.

You’ll need to log your CPD in your SCWonline account. You’ll need to have completed and logged 45 hours or more to renew your registration in three years.

If you register through the confirmed competence route before 1 October 2022, you won’t need to complete a qualification to renew your registration.

If you change jobs

If you register using the confirmed competence route, your registration will still be valid if you get a new job with a different employer.

This is because your registration is linked to you, and not to an organisation.

Contact us

If you want to speak to someone about the confirmed competence route, email: enquiries@socialcare.wales.