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English language requirements

All applicants seeking assessment of social work qualifications for migration and/or employment purposes must demonstrate English language proficiency. To demonstrate this:

  • You will need a minimum score of 7.0 or higher in one sitting of the Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) for each of these areas: listening, reading, writing and speaking OR
  • Demonstration that you have been taught, assessed and completed all your secondary education in English in the nominated countries* and successfully completed (with a pass grade or higher) the equivalent of three years or more full-time tertiary study (at Bachelor Degree level or higher) which was taught and assessed in English in nominated countries*

The AASW reserves the right to ask an applicant to take the Academic IELTS examination if there is uncertainty about their level of English proficiency.

Nominated countries include:

Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, United Kingdom or United States of America

Evidence of English language proficiency

Applicants may demonstrate English language proficiency in the following ways:

  • Submission of certified Academic IELTS test results, or
  • Submission of certified copies of secondary results or a letter from your secondary school or the relevant department of education in the country of study which states that your secondary education was completed, taught and assessed in the English language, and submission of certified copies of tertiary results evidencing that they were successfully completed, taught and assessed in the English language. Where certified copies of secondary and/or tertiary results cannot be supplied, a Statutory Declaration certifying that the education was successfully completed, taught and assessed in the English language may also be acceptable.

For more information about statutory declarations, please read our frequently asked questions page. If you are having difficulty obtaining evidence of secondary education, please contact us at the AASW.

English Language Policy

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers