Temporary Authorized Membership allows applicants who have completed the requirements of an accredited Canadian social work degree program to begin working while awaiting their diploma. Temporary Authorized Memberships are time-limited.
Once a Temporary Authorized Member receives their diploma, they are required to ensure that an official transcript is sent to the NBASW by the university. Once this document has been received, the individual will become a Practicing Member of the Association and receive an updated membership card. Temporary Authorized Members are not required to have their application reviewed a second time in order to be converted from Temporary Authorized to Practicing Member.
Where there is evidence indicating that a person may be unsuitable for registration with the NBASW the person’s application may be subject to further review by the Board of Directors in conjunction with the Committee of Examiners and/or the Registrar.
To apply as a Temporary member, please submit the following documents:
The Member Application Form must be accompanied by the $60.00 non-refundable registration fee. This can be paid by cheque or cash.
Members wishing to pay using credit card or debit can do so online here. Applicants must fill in their name and the payment amount. The Association number and Registration number remain the same.
If more than one year has passed since you received your degree, please provide us with a copy of your C.V. (resume).
All applicants must provide two letters of reference. At least one letter of reference must be provided by a social worker.
Please refer to the Policy Regarding the References for more details.
Please ask the people providing these references to submit them directly to the NBASW by mail, email, or by fax.
Applicants must complete the top section, sign, and forward the document to the university where they will be receiving their social work degree. The university must complete the bottom section, affix their seal, and return the completed form directly to the NBASW by mail.
This document must be completed, signed and returned to the NBASW, by the applicant.
Applicants who are currently, or have been, members of a social work regulatory body and/or association in another province/territory or country must complete the top portion of this form and then forward it to the jurisdiction in which they were registered. Complete one form for each applicable jurisdiction.
Please ask the other jurisdiction to return the completed form directly to the NBASW office.
All applicants must provide a criminal record check from an appropriate law enforcement agency. The criminal record check must be an original document and be no more than three months old. Policy Criminal Record Check
Some law enforcement agencies may require a letter from the NBASW in order to process the criminal record check. Please contact us to request a letter, if necessary.
The criminal record check must be submitted directly to the NBASW by the law enforcement agency. If this is not possible, it must be given to the applicant in a sealed envelope, with the seal initialed by the agency. This envelope must be delivered to the NBASW office unopened.
Applicants must provide copies of two pieces of identification that show your present and/or former legal names, date of birth and date of change of name. Examples of such documents are: birth or baptismal certificate; marriage certificate; legal change of name document; passport or immigration document; driver’s license; Medicare card. For privacy purposes, the NBASW does not accept copies of Social Insurance cards.
After convocation, applicants must ensure that the university submits an official transcript directly to the NBASW.
The registration form is typically sent to applicants with the letter informing them that they have been approved for membership. However, if applicants wish to accelerate the process for completing their registration, they may choose to complete this form and return it, with the appropriate dues, to the NBASW. The NBASW will hold the form and payment until the applicant has been approved for membership. Otherwise, this form is to be completed and returned to the NBASW office with appropriate dues after receiving notification of membership approval.
Payment of membership dues can be accepted by cheque or cash. Members wishing to pay using credit card or debit can do so online here. Applicants must fill in their name and the payment amount. The Association number and Registration number remain the same.