Fact Sheet - Social Worker

Regulated profession (NOC 2021)
Regulatory bodyManitoba College of Social Workers (MCSW)
Regulated titles
  • Social Worker (S.W.)
  • Registered Social Worker (R.S.W.)
National bodiesThe Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) is the national organization dedicated to the promotion and advancement of the profession. It is comprised of 10 provincial and territorial partner organizations.

The Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE) promotes excellence in social work education, scholarship and practice through the development of social work educational policies and standards and the accreditation of social work educational programs.
Membership associationsThere are various organizations focused on social issues, policies and actions which may be of interest to social workers.
Registration processSee MCSW - Applicants with an International Social Work Degree.
Credential assessmentSee CASW - Assessment of International Credentials.
Language proficiencySee MCSW - Language Proficiency Information.
Professional competency profilesSee Canadian Council of Social Work Regulators (CASWR) - Entry-Level Competency Profile for the Social Work Profession in Canada.
Essential skills profileGo to Job Bank - Explore careers by essential skills, search for the occupation via name or NOC code, and view the essential skills profile.
Employment outlookGo to Job Bank - Explore job outlooks, search the occupation name or NOC code, and view employment outlook by provinces and regions across Canada.
Job search toolsSee MCSW - Career Opportunities.

To search job postings in any occupation, visit Job Bank or Work in Manitoba.
Related occupations/alternate careers (NOC 2021)Below are examples of occupations in the broader field of social and community work:

  • 42201 – Social and community service workers
  • 40030 – Managers in social, community and correctional services
  • 43100 – Elementary and secondary school teacher assistants
  • 42203 – Instructors of persons with disabilities

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. Always check the hiring criteria carefully. Hiring criteria is set by the employer and will vary from employer to employer.
Last updated December 2022.


  1. This fact sheet serves as a guide and will be updated periodically. When researching information on professional registration processes, always refer to the regulator to ensure accurate, up-to-date information.
  2. The Government of Canada updates the National Occupational Classification (NOC) every five years. At present, users can access four versions of NOC (2021, 2016, 2011, and 2006) on the NOC website. When searching an occupation on the NOC website, always use the most recent version (NOC 2021).
  3. The regulatory body is the only organization that can grant entry into a regulated occupation via registration and the issuing of a licence or certificate. Other organizations (e.g., national bodies, regional bodies, membership associations, etc.) are not regulatory bodies.