Registration fees
Anyone who wants to apply for registration must pay an application fee. Registration is for up to three years but you must pay a fee each year. At the end of the three years you’ll be invited to renew your registration. We will let you know of your fee in advance, the amount will show in your SCWonline account when it needs to be paid.

Fees from April 2019

Social worker:

  • Application and renewal – £60
  • Application of workers with overseas qualifications and no letter of verification – £350
  • Annual fee – £60
  • Returning to practice – £200 which is paid in addition to the application fee.

Social care manager:

  • Application and renewal – £60
  • Annual fee – £60

Social care worker:

  • Application and renewal – £20
  • Annual fee – £20

Social work student:

  • Application – £15
  • Annual fee – £15

Domiciliary care worker:

  • Application – £20

We don’t refund fees for an incomplete or refused registration or for deciding to leave the Register. 

Fee increases from April 2020

The following fees apply to register on the Register of Social Care Workers. This is set out in Schedule 3 of the Social Care Wales (Registration Rules).

Social worker (application, renewal and annual fees)

  • 2020/21: £70
  • 2021/22: £80

Social worker – non-UK qualified (application fee)

  • 2019/22: £350 (and an additional fee of £200 for an aptitude test if requested by the applicant)

Social care manager (application, renewal and annual fees)

  • 2020/21: £70
  • 2021/22: £80

Residential child care worker (application, renewal and annual fees)

  • 2020/21: £25
  • 2021/22: £30

Domiciliary care worker (application, renewal and annual fees)

  • 2020/21: £25
  • 2021/22: £30

Social work student (application and annual fees)

  • 2020/21: £15
  • 2021/22: £15

Return to practise

  • 2010/22: £200

How to pay

We will let you know at least 28 days before the annual fee is due.

Direct Debit

This is the easiest and safest way to pay fees. You can set it up through your SCWonline account. Once a Direct Debit is in place we will contact your bank directly for your fees. 

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.

Every Direct Debit is covered by the Direct Debit Guarantee. Once the Direct Debit is setup on your account it will enable us to request your annual or renewal fees directly from your bank.

When you leave the register the Direct Debit will automatically be closed.

Credit or debit card

You can pay by credit or debit card on 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.

Give your bank this information:

  • IBAN number: IBANGB61BARC20182740923893   
  • Bank identity code: BARCGB22

So we can see who’s paid, please tell your bank to use your full name and date of birth as the reference with the payment.

Any bank charges for making a SWIFT payment must be paid by you. Please make sure that if your bank charges you any SWIFT costs and the full registration fee goes into our account.

Contact us

If you have a question you can Contact us.

Last updated: 05 April 2019