Fact Sheet – Social Worker

Last updated: December 2019

Regulated profession:

  • Social Worker
NOC 2016¹ Occupation
4152 Social worker


Regulated titles:

  • Social Worker (S.W.)
  • Registered Social Worker (R.S.W.)

National body:

Application process: (for professional registration)

Credential assessment:

Language proficiency:  

  • See MCSW information on language proficiency under Applicants with an International Social Work Degree. Open Join the College. Scroll to view information for Applicants with an International Social Work Degree.

 Professional competency profiles:


Membership association:

  • There are various organizations focused on social issues, policies, and actions which may be of interest to individuals.

Essential skills profiles:

Job Bank provides Essential Skills Profiles for over 350 occupations.  Each profile describes how individuals apply the Nine Literacy and Essential Skills in the workplace.  The nine skills are Reading, Document Use, Writing, Numeracy, Oral Communication, Thinking, Digital Technology, and Additional Information.

To search an Essential Skills Profile:

  • Open Explore Careers by Essential Skills
  • Select / open an occupation Note: Engineers must be searched by discipline (civil engineer, mechanical engineer, etc.)
  • Open each essential skill for details.

Employment outlook:

  • Open Explore careers by outlook
  • Enter occupation name or NOC code in window; click “Search”
  • Scroll down to view employment outlook by provinces and regions across Canada.

Job search tools:

To search job postings in any occupation visit:

  • Government of Canada – Job Bank – Job Search
  • Government of Canada – Job Bank – Job Match

Related occupations / Alternate careers:

There are many reasons an internationally-educated social worker may be interested in working in a related occupation.  Related occupations provide an individual with the opportunity to:

  • apply his/her skills and experience in a different (but related) occupation;
  • gain meaningful, interim employment while pursuing professional certification;
  • gain meaningful, alternative employment (as a stepping stone or career goal) if he/she chooses not to pursue professional certification or if he/she is not eligible to pursue professional certification.

Listed below are examples of occupations in the broader field of social and community work. While each occupation will have its own set of employment requirements, none are regulated occupations in Manitoba and therefore do not have certification / registration requirements with a professional regulatory body.  Employers often, however, require applicants to have job-specific experience, training, and/or certification (e.g. First Aid certificate, etc.). Always check the hiring criteria carefully.  Hiring criteria is set by the employer and will vary from employer to employer.

NOC 2016¹ Occupation
4212 Social and community service workers
0423 Managers in social, community and correctional services
4413 Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
4215 Instructors of persons with disabilities

Note: This Fact Sheet was developed by Manitoba Education and Training, Immigration and Economic Opportunities Division.  It serves as a guide and will be updated periodically. When researching information on professional registration policies and procedures, always refer to the regulator to ensure accurate, up-to-date information.

1 The Government of Canada updates the National Occupational Classification (NOC) every five years. At present, users can access three versions of NOC (2016, 2011, and 2006) on the NOC website. With each update, some NOC codes will change but the majority will stay the same. When searching an occupation on the NOC website always use the most recent version (NOC 2016). The Government of Canada also operates Job Bank using NOC codes. Job Bank, however, currently operates on NOC 2011. When navigating on Job Bank, always use 2011 NOC codes.