Submit your documentation with an explanation for why you did not complete your credits and complete the first three columns of a Learning Plan for the next year detailing how you will make up the credits.
The Competence Committee and the ACSW strives to be understanding during difficult times for our members. As such, when a Social worker experiences a natural disaster (house fire, flood etc.) the ACSW will review the case individually and work with the social worker to develop a plan for his/her portfolio. If you have experienced a disaster, please contact the ACSW to discuss your options before your portfolio is due. Please contact Kelly Brisebois, Competence Program Coordinator.
No, it's impossible to keep an accurate up to date list of all of the continuing education providers. Social work has a wide scope of practice which results in RSWs taking training from other disciplines all over the world. The Association of Social Work Boards provides accreditation to continuing education providers and maintains a database of approved providers.
If the information is not noted, contact the provider whose information is posted there as well. ACSW is not responsible for the information on the site so cannot answer questions about programs delivered by other organizations.
The competence program has now been in place for a number of years and during this time the majority of social workers in Alberta have demonstrated that they are meeting or exceeding the program requirements each year. Therefore, rather than requiring all social workers to submit a full portfolio every five years, social workers will now be randomly selected to submit a portfolio with 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 years of information, or just the Professional Development Credit Form. All social workers are still required to complete the full portfolio, including a self-assessment and learning plan for each year, which may be requested at a future date if any concerns arise. You will receive a letter approximately five months prior to your renewal in the relevant year detailing exactly what you need to submit.
If your practice permit expires on:
- December 31st - your portfolio is due August 31, 2011, 2016, 2021, etc.
- March 31st - your portfolio is due November 30, 2012, 2017, 2022, etc.
- June 30th – your portfolio is due February 28, 2014, 2019, 2024, etc.
- September 30th - your portfolio is due May 31, 2015, 2020, 2025, etc.
Some people have found that simply having a file folder with everything together is easiest. Others find it helpful to maintain a binder with different sections. An electronic filing system may work for some as well. Consider the uses you might have for the material, such as updating your resume, preparing for your annual review, etc. and think about what method of organization will be most helpful to your own needs.
If you find it easier to submit a portfolio every year, you may do so, but as e-mail attachments only . Online submission of competency documents is being developed. The Professional Development Credits Form (PDCF) is currently available. Other documents will become available shortly.
Category A credits must be accredited. Accreditation in terms of continuing education means that the provider has been through a quality check process with a professional continuing education organization. ACSW is not able to provide accreditation in house, but the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) provides this service. Please see their webpage (www.aswb.org) under the ACE (Accredited Continuing Education) program for more information on becoming an accredited provider.
We recommend the ASWB, but there are many other reputable professional continuing education organizations. For a list of some of these organizations, please see Information for Providers. We also accept credits that have been approved from any of the health profession colleges and universities/colleges.
Your competency requirements remain the same while inactive. The only exception is that the credit requirement is reduced to 20 credits per year. While away, there is no mandatory category A requirement, the credits can be completed in whichever category or combination of that best meets your learning goals.
Both self-assessments and learning plans are still required to be completed for this period as part of your return to work plan. The ACSW forms may be difficult to complete when inactive. The narrative formats of the self-assessment and learning plan are recommended in this situation. Information is available on the ACSW website.