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ONTARIO REGULATION 383/00

made under the

social work and social service work act, 1998

Made: June 2, 2000
Approved: June 21, 2000
Filed: June 23, 2000

Registration

Certificates of Registration

1. (1) The following are prescribed as classes of certificates of registration for social work:

1. General.

2. Provisional.

(2) The following are prescribed as classes of certificates of registration for social service work:

1. General.

2. Provisional.

2. In this Regulation,

“member” means a member of the College.

3. A person may apply for a certificate of registration by submitting a completed application in the form provided by the Registrar, together with the application fee prescribed by the by–laws.

4. It is a requirement for the issuing of a certificate of registration of any class that the applicant pay the fees prescribed by the by–laws.

5. (1) This section applies for the purposes of sections 18, 59 and 63 of the Act.

(2) The following are registration requirements for a certificate of registration of any class:

1. The applicant must disclose, at the time the application is made and at the time the certificate of registration is issued, the following information relating to the applicant and to the practice of social work, social service work or any other profession, whether in Ontario or in any other jurisdiction:

i. Every finding of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity and every other similar finding, including a finding of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity made by a professional association or other body that has self–regulatory responsibility.

ii. Every current proceeding in relation to professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity and every other similar proceeding, including a proceeding relating to professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity held by a professional association or other body that has self–regulatory responsibility.

2. The applicant must disclose, at the time the application is made and at the time the certificate of registration is issued, every finding of guilt in relation to a criminal offence, an offence under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (Canada) or the Food and Drugs Act (Canada) or any other offence relevant to the applicant’s suitability to practise social work or social service work, as the case may be.

3. The applicant’s past and present conduct must afford reasonable grounds for the belief that the applicant,

 

i. is mentally competent to practise social work or social service work, as the case may be,

ii. will practise social work or social service work, as the case may be, with decency, integrity and honesty and in accordance with the law, including but not limited to the Act, the regulations and the by–laws, and

iii. has sufficient knowledge, skill and judgment to practise social work or social service work, as the case may be.

4. The applicant must demonstrate the ability to speak and write either English or French with reasonable fluency.

5. The applicant must be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada or be authorized under the Immigration Act (Canada) to engage in the practice of social work or social service work, as the case may be.

(3) Despite any other provision in this Regulation, an applicant who makes a false or misleading statement, representation or declaration in or in connection with his or her application, by commission or omission, shall be deemed thereafter, with respect to the application, not to satisfy, and not to have satisfied, the requirements for a certificate of registration of any class.

(4) An applicant who, after having applied for but before being issued a certificate of registration, becomes the subject of a finding or a proceeding described in subparagraph 1 i or ii of subsection (2) or is found guilty of an offence described in paragraph 2 of subsection (2), shall immediately inform the Registrar.

6. The following are conditions of a certificate of registration of any class:

1. The member must disclose the following information relating to the member and to the practice of social work, social service work or any other profession, whether in Ontario or in any other jurisdiction:

i. Every finding of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity and every other similar finding, if the finding is made after the initial registration of the member, including a finding of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity made by a professional association or other body that has self–regulatory responsibility.

ii. Every proceeding in relation to professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity and every other similar proceeding, if the proceeding is held after the initial registration of the member, including a proceeding relating to professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity held by a professional association or other body that has self–regulatory responsibility.

2. The member must disclose every finding of guilt against the member in relation to a criminal offence, an offence under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (Canada) or the Food and Drugs Act (Canada) or any other offence relevant to the applicant’s suitability to practise social work or social service work, as the case may be, if the finding is made after the initial registration of the member.

3. The member must provide evidence satisfactory to the College of the member’s continuing competence to practise social work or social service work, as the case may be, in accordance with the guidelines approved by Council from time to time and published and distributed by the College to the members of the College.

General Certificates of Registration

7. (1) In addition to the requirements set out in sections 4 and 5, the following are registration requirements for a general certificate of registration for social work to be issued under subsection 18 (1) of the Act:

1. The applicant must produce documentation satisfactory to the Registrar that shows that the applicant,

i. has obtained a degree in social work from a social work program accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work, or a degree from a social work program or an equivalent program offered in Canada and approved by Council as equivalent to a social work program accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work,

ii. has obtained a degree from a social work program or an equivalent program offered outside Canada and approved by Council as equivalent to a social work program accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work, or

iii. has a combination of academic qualifications and practical experience that the Registrar determines is substantially equivalent to the qualifications required for a degree in social work from a social work program accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work.

2. The applicant must have successfully completed the examination or examinations in social work, if any, set or approved by Council.

(2) An applicant for a general certificate of registration for social work whose application and the fees prescribed by the by–laws are received by the College before the day that is three years after the day the first duly elected and appointed Council takes office is exempt from the examination requirement set out in paragraph 2 of subsection (1).

(3) In addition to the requirements set out in sections 4 and 5, the following are registration requirements for a general certificate of registration for social work to be issued under subsection 59 (1) of the Act, if the application and the fees prescribed by the by–laws are received by the College before March 1, 2001:

1. The applicant must produce documentation satisfactory to the Registrar that shows that the applicant,

i. has obtained a degree in social work from a social work program accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work, or a degree from a social work program or an equivalent program offered in Canada and approved by Council as equivalent to a social work program accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work, or

ii. has obtained a degree from a social work program or an equivalent program offered outside Canada and approved by Council as equivalent to a social work program accredited by the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work.

8. (1) In addition to the requirements set out in sections 4 and 5, the following are registration requirements for a general certificate of registration for social service work to be issued under subsection 18 (2) of the Act:

1. The applicant must produce documentation satisfactory to the Registrar that shows that the applicant,

i. has obtained a diploma in social service work from a social service work program offered in Ontario at a College of Applied Arts and Technology,

ii. has obtained a diploma from a program offered in Ontario at a College of Applied Arts and Technology that is equivalent to a social service work program and approved by Council as equivalent to a social service work program offered in Ontario at a College of Applied Arts and Technology,

 

iii. has obtained a diploma from a social service work program or an equivalent program offered outside Ontario and approved by Council as equivalent to a social service work program offered in Ontario at a College of Applied Arts and Technology, or

iv. has a combination of academic qualifications and practical experience that the Registrar determines is substantially equivalent to the qualifications required for a diploma in social service work from a social service work program offered in Ontario at a College of Applied Arts and Technology.

2. The applicant must have successfully completed the examination or examinations in social service work, if any, set or approved by Council.

(2) An applicant for a general certificate of registration for social service work whose application and the fees prescribed by the by–laws are received by the College before the day that is three years after the day the first duly elected and appointed Council takes office is exempt from the examination requirement set out in paragraph 2 of subsection (1).

(3) In addition to the requirements set out in sections 4 and 5, the following are registration requirements for a general certificate of registration for social service work to be issued under subsection 59 (2) of the Act, if the application and the fees prescribed by the by–laws are received by the College before March 1, 2001:

1. The applicant must produce documentation satisfactory to the Registrar that shows that the applicant,

i. has obtained a diploma in social service work from a social service work program offered in Ontario at a College of Applied Arts and Technology, or

ii. has obtained a diploma from a social service work program or an equivalent program offered outside Ontario and approved by Council as equivalent to a social service work program offered in Ontario at a College of Applied Arts and Technology.

Provisional Certificates of Registration

9. (1) In this section,

“role of a social worker” means the role of a person who assesses, diagnoses, treats and evaluates individual, interpersonal and societal problems through the use of social work knowledge, skills, interventions and strategies, to assist individuals, dyads, families, groups, organizations and communities to achieve optimum psychosocial and social functioning.

(2) In addition to the requirements set out in sections 4 and 5, the following are conditions to be met by an applicant before a provisional certificate of registration for social work is issued to the applicant in accordance with subsections 18 (1) and 63 (1) of the Act:

1. Before the day that is two years after the day the first duly elected and appointed Council takes office, the applicant must submit a completed application for a provisional certificate of registration for social work in the form provided by the Registrar and pay the fees prescribed by the by–laws.

2. The applicant must produce documentation satisfactory to the Registrar that shows that,

i. the applicant has obtained a baccalaureate degree from a Canadian university, or

ii. the applicant,

A. has obtained an Ontario secondary school diploma or has successfully completed educational training or testing that has been approved by Council as equivalent to an Ontario secondary school diploma, and

B. has successfully completed one or more training programs in human services that the Registrar determines is or are sufficient in content, length and intensity to enable the applicant to perform the role of a social worker.

3. The applicant must be employed in the role of a social worker in Ontario on the date of application.

4. The applicant must be performing the role of a social worker as his or her principal occupation.

5. The applicant must produce documentation from the applicant’s current employer in the form required by the College in which the applicant’s current employer confirms, to the satisfaction of the Registrar,

i. the applicant’s current duties and responsibilities,

ii. that the applicant practises social work safely and ethically, and

iii. that the employer remunerates the applicant for the services performed by the applicant.

6. The applicant must produce documentation from the applicant’s current employer in the form required by the College that demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Registrar that the applicant’s current duties and responsibilities constitute performing the role of a social worker.

7. The applicant must provide evidence satisfactory to the Registrar,

i. that the applicant performed the role of a social worker for at least 2,000 hours within the two years immediately preceding the date of application, or

ii. if the applicant had an authorized leave of absence within the two years immediately preceding the date of application, that the applicant performed the role of a social worker for at least 2,000 hours within the three years immediately preceding the date of application.

8. The applicant must provide evidence satisfactory to the Registrar,

i. that the applicant was employed in the role of a social worker for at least five years within the seven years immediately preceding the date of application, or

ii. if the applicant had an authorized leave of absence within the seven years immediately preceding the date of application, that the applicant was employed in the role of a social worker for at least five years within the period of time immediately preceding the date of application that is equal to seven years plus the length of the authorized leave of absence.

9. The applicant must sign an undertaking to the College in which the applicant agrees to successfully complete, to the satisfaction of the Registrar, additional training approved by the College in social work ethics and social work standards of practice, within three years after the day the College notifies the applicant of the additional training.

 

(3) If the applicant’s current employer unreasonably refuses to provide the documentation described in paragraphs 5 and 6 of subsection (2), the Registrar may consider documentation produced by the applicant from a previous employer for whom the applicant has worked within the seven years immediately preceding the date of the application and which is otherwise in accordance with those paragraphs.

10. (1) In this section,

“role of a social service worker” means the role of a person who assesses, treats and evaluates individual, interpersonal and societal problems through the use of social service work knowledge, skills, interventions and strategies, to assist individuals, dyads, families, groups, organizations and communities to achieve optimum social functioning.

(2) In addition to the requirements set out in sections 4 and 5, the following are conditions to be met by an applicant before a provisional certificate of registration for social service work is issued to the applicant in accordance with subsections 18 (2) and 63 (2) of the Act:

1. Before the day that is two years after the day the first duly elected and appointed Council takes office, the applicant must submit a completed application for a provisional certificate of registration for social service work in the form provided by the Registrar and pay the fees prescribed by the by–laws.

2. The applicant must produce documentation satisfactory to the Registrar that shows that the applicant has obtained an Ontario secondary school diploma or has successfully completed educational training or testing that has been approved by Council as equivalent to an Ontario secondary school diploma.

3. The applicant must be employed in the role of a social service worker in Ontario on the date of application.

4. The applicant must be performing the role of a social service worker as his or her principal occupation.

5. The applicant must produce documentation from the applicant’s current employer in the form required by the College in which the applicant’s current employer confirms, to the satisfaction of the Registrar,

i. the applicant’s current duties and responsibilities,

ii. that the applicant practises social service work safely and ethically, and

iii. that the employer remunerates the applicant for the services performed by the applicant.

6. The applicant must produce documentation from the applicant’s current employer in the form required by the College that demonstrates to the satisfaction of the Registrar that the applicant’s current duties and responsibilities constitute performing the role of a social service worker.

7. The applicant must provide evidence satisfactory to the Registrar,

i. that the applicant performed the role of a social service worker for at least 2,000 hours within the two years immediately preceding the date of application, or

ii. if the applicant had an authorized leave of absence within the two years immediately preceding the date of application, that the applicant performed the role of a social service worker for at least 2,000 hours within the three years immediately preceding the date of application.

8. The applicant must provide evidence satisfactory to the Registrar,

i. that the applicant was employed in the role of a social service worker for at least five years within the seven years immediately preceding the date of application, or

ii. if the applicant had an authorized leave of absence within the seven years immediately preceding the date of application, that the applicant was employed in the role of a social service worker for at least five years within the period of time immediately preceding the date of application that is equal to seven years plus the length of the authorized leave of absence.

9. The applicant must sign an undertaking to the College in which the applicant agrees to successfully complete, to the satisfaction of the Registrar, additional training approved by the College in social service work ethics and social service work standards of practice, within three years after the day the College notifies the applicant of the additional training.

(3) If the applicant’s current employer unreasonably refuses to provide the documentation described in paragraphs 5 and 6 of subsection (2), the Registrar may consider documentation produced by the applicant from a previous employer for whom the applicant has worked within the seven years immediately preceding the date of the application and which is otherwise in accordance with those paragraphs.

11. In sections 12, 13 and 14,

“additional training” means,

(a) in the case of a member who holds a provisional certificate of registration for social work, the additional training approved by the College in social work ethics and social work standards of practice that the member has undertaken under paragraph 9 of subsection 9 (2) to successfully complete, to the satisfaction of the Registrar, within three years after the day the College notifies the member of the additional training, and

(b) in the case of a member who holds a provisional certificate of registration for social service work, the additional training approved by the College in social service work ethics and social service work standards of practice that the member has undertaken under paragraph 9 of subsection 10 (2) to successfully complete, to the satisfaction of the Registrar, within three years after the day the College notifies the member of the additional training.

12. (1) In addition to the conditions set out in section 6, the following are conditions of a provisional certificate of registration:

1. The member must successfully complete the additional training within three years after the day the College notifies the member of the additional training.

2. Until such time as the member provides evidence satisfactory to the Registrar that the member has successfully completed the additional training, the member must, at each of the following times, provide evidence satisfactory to the Registrar that the member has enrolled and is participating in the additional training:

i. A day that is on or before the first anniversary of the day the member is notified of the additional training.

ii. A day that is at least six months after the first anniversary and on or before the second anniversary of the day the member is notified of the additional training.

 

iii. A day that is at least six months after the second anniversary and before the third anniversary of the day the member is notified of the additional training.

(2) A member who, when notified of the additional training, provides evidence satisfactory to the Registrar that the member has successfully completed training that the Registrar determines is equivalent to the additional training shall be deemed to have satisfied the conditions set out in subsection (1).

13. (1) Subject to subsection (2), a provisional certificate of registration expires on the day that is three years after the day the College notifies the member of the additional training.

(2) If, before the day that is three years after the day the College notifies the member of the additional training, the member applies for a general certificate of registration, on the basis that he or she has successfully completed the additional training or has been deemed under subsection 12 (2) to have satisfied the conditions set out in subsection 12 (1), the member’s provisional certificate of registration expires on the day the Registrar issues, or determines not to issue, the general certificate of registration to the member in accordance with section 14.

14. (1) A member who holds a provisional certificate of registration for social work is entitled to a general certificate of registration for social work if, at the time of application for a general certificate of registration for social work, the member provides evidence satisfactory to the Registrar that,

(a) the member satisfies the requirements set out in section 5; and

(b) the member,

(i) has successfully completed the additional training within three years after the day the College notified the member of the additional training, or

(ii) is deemed under subsection 12 (2) to have satisfied the conditions set out in subsection 12 (1).

(2) A member who holds a provisional certificate of registration for social service work is entitled to a general certificate of registration for social service work if, at the time of application for a general certificate of registration for social service work, the member provides evidence satisfactory to the Registrar that,

(a) the member satisfies the requirements set out in section 5; and

(b) the member,

(i) has successfully completed the additional training within three years after the day the College notified the member of the additional training, or

(ii) is deemed under subsection 12 (2) to have satisfied the conditions set out in subsection 12 (1).

Titles and Designations

15. (1) A holder of a certificate of registration for social work shall use at least one of the following titles in connection with his or her practice of social work:

1. Social Worker.

2. Registered Social Worker.

3. Travailleur social.

4. Travailleur social inscrit.

(2) A holder of a certificate of registration for social work shall use the designation RSW or TSI in documentation used in connection with his or her practice of social work.

16. (1) A holder of a certificate of registration for social service work shall use at least one of the following titles in connection with his or her practice of social service work:

1. Social Service Worker.

2. Registered Social Service Worker.

3. Technicien en travail social.

4. Technicien en travail social inscrit.

(2) A holder of a certificate of registration for social service work shall use the designation RSSW or TTSI in documentation used in connection with his or her practice of social service work.

Revocation, Transition and Commencement

17. Ontario Regulation 579/99 is revoked.

18. (1) A person who, immediately before Ontario Regulation 579/99 is revoked, holds a certificate of registration for social work issued under that regulation shall be deemed to hold a general certificate of registration for social work issued under this Regulation.

(2) A person who, immediately before Ontario Regulation 579/99 is revoked, holds a certificate of registration for social service work issued under that regulation shall be deemed to hold a general certificate of registration for social service work issued under this Regulation.

(3) If an application for a certificate of registration is made, but not finally dealt with, before Ontario Regulation 579/99 is revoked,

(a) the requirements set out in that Regulation continue, despite the revocation, to apply to the application and not those set out in this Regulation; and

(b) a person who is issued a certificate of registration pursuant to the requirements set out in Ontario Regulation 579/99 shall be deemed to hold a general certificate of registration for social work or social service work, as the case may be, issued under this Regulation.

19. (1) Subject to subsections (2), (3) and (4), this Regulation comes into force on the day section 18 of the Act is proclaimed in force.

(2) Sections 9 to 14 come into force on the day section 63 of the Act is proclaimed in force.

(3) Section 15 comes into force on the day section 46 of the Act is proclaimed in force.

(4) Section 16 comes into force on the day section 47 of the Act is proclaimed in force.

Transitional Council of the Ontario College of
Social Workers and Social Service Workers:

Christine Forsyth

Chair

Glenda McDonald

Registrar

Dated on June 2, 2000.