As a student you must register with us and to work as a social worker you must be registered too. But did you know that if you’re a NQSW and not yet working as a social worker you don’t need to register with us?
NQSWs have six months from the date they start their first social work employment to complete their SSSC registration.
Post registration training and learning
Your post registration training and learning (PRTL) period starts from the date you are registered; and you are required to meet your PRTL requirements within a set timescale, even if you are not in social work employment.
If you register with us as a NQSW before you start looking for employment as a social worker, you may find it difficult to carry out the amount of PRTL you need to complete.
When should I apply?
Many social work employers prefer new workers to be registered or applying for SSSC registration at the point of starting employment as a social worker, so you may want to begin your application when you start actively seeking employment as a social worker as it could take up to 60 working days to gain registration.
I’m working in social services but not as a social worker
If you are employed in a registered care service in a non-social work role, you may need to register on another part of our Register.