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Health and Social Services

Social Worker

Social workers enhance or restore the social functioning of individuals, families, groups, organizations and communities by improving developmental, problem solving and coping capacities of people and systems; promote effective and humane systems that provide resources, opportunities and services to people and link people to those systems; and contribute to the development and improvement of social policy.


Alberta College of Social Workers
550, 10707 - 100 Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta
Canada  T5J 3M1
Phone number: 780-421-1167
Toll-free phone number: 1-800-661-3089
Fax number: 780-421-1168


Under Alberta's Health Professions Act and the Social Workers Profession Regulation, registration with the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) is mandatory if you meet identified educational requirements and provide professional services directly to the public, teach the practice of the profession to members or students of the profession, or supervise registered members who provide services to the public. Registered members who are authorized by the College perform restricted activities defined in the Regulation. Only registered members may use the protected titles Social Worker or Registered Social Worker. To use the protected title Clinical Social Worker, registered members must meet additional requirements.

What You Need

Registration as a Social Worker requires: (1) a diploma or a degree from an approved social work program and (2) at least 1,500 hours of acceptable practical experience, 500 hours of which must be within the 3 years prior to application. Applicants who have been out of practice for a period of time also may have to demonstrate that they are currently competent to practice. For official, detailed information about registration requirements, visit the ACSW website or contact ACSW. For official, detailed information about registration requirements, visit the ACSW website or contact the ACSW.

Working in Alberta

Social workers who are registered by and in good standing with a regulatory organization elsewhere in Canada may be eligible for registration in Alberta if registered social workers in the two jurisdictions have similar responsibilities and competencies. For more information, see What if I am already certified in another province or territory? and the Alberta regulatory authority (below).

To learn about certification for internationally educated social workers, see Social Worker Registration Process.

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