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Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB)

Application for registration as a social worker in New Zealand.

Apply to register

There are a number of steps to take if you would like to apply to become a registered social worker.

These may take some time as there is detailed information and a number of documents to provide, and we need to check what you have supplied.

If you are already registered either fully or provisionally, please do not complete this process.

Start here to apply for registration:

  1. Check your eligibility for registration
    Check your eligibility
  2. I have checked my eligibility and would like to apply
  3. Gather copies of the following documents:
    • CV (covering past 10 years)
    • Professional reference
  4. Gather certified copies of the following documents
    • Your birth certificate
    • Your passport or a NZ driving licence
    • Photo (passport-sized)
    • Qualification certificate and official academic transcript
    These must be certified copies. You may also be asked to provide some other documents, depending on your circumstances, which is made clear in the online process.
  5. To submit an online application, click on create account
    Create account
  6. If you’ve already created an account and want to check on the progress of your application, log-in here.
    Login here
Once registered, you must also apply and pay for a Practising Certificate.


Please Note: The SWRB is currently experiencing a high volume of applications for processing. The Registration Team is working hard to process applications as efficiently as it can, however, you can expect a 12-14 week processing time.