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Training to become a social worker with Child, Youth and Family
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Social Work Training Institutions
A degree in Social Work usually takes 3 - 4 years of full time study with a number of study options available. There are a number of different institutions throughout New Zealand who provide recognised social work qualifications.
Information about the individual qualifications that are recognised by the Social Workers Registration Board can be found on their website and the individual websites of the institutions.
Northern Region (Auckland to Far North)
Midlands Region (Central North Island)
Central Region (Wellington and Lower North Island)
If you have an overseas qualification, it’s important that you have it assessed by the Social Workers Registration Board to see if it makes you eligible for registration. Further information on having your qualification assessed can be found on the Social Workers Registration Board website.
Social Work Registration and Qualifications
For our Social Work positions, we have a strong preference for candidates who have a recognised qualification that makes them eligible for registration with the Social Workers Registration Board.
The Social Workers Registration Board is the entity responsible for the registration of Social Workers in New Zealand. More information on registration can be found on the Social Workers Registration Board website.
There are two ways of becoming eligible to be registered as a Social Worker, either through completing a recognised qualification or by having enough practical experience to compensate for the lack of a recognised qualification (Section 13). In order to become registered you will need to gain a certificate of competency through the Social Work Registration Board, or the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW)
Information about the qualifications that are currently or historical recognised by the Social Workers Registration Board can be found on their website. Information on having past experience assessed as equivalent to a qualification can also be found on the Social Workers Registration Board website.
For questions or further information about registration, please contact:
Social Workers Registration Board
PO Box 3452
Phone: +64 4 931 2650
Fax: +64 4 931 2651
Ongoing development opportunities
Child, Youth and Family is committed to the ongoing development of our professional workforce to ensure our practice is world leading.
We’ll ensure you get opportunities to learn and to further your career at Child, Youth and Family through:
- induction into best practice with children, young people and their families
- on-the-job training in a supportive team environment
- internal and external learning and development programmes
- regular, formal, professional supervision
- social worker registration
- career progression
- management and leadership programmes.