AASW members seeking work abroad
Are you an AASW member seeking employment in another country? Social work qualifications recognised by the AASW are highly regarded.
The AASW and the New Zealand Social Workers Registration Board have a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA).
The AASW does not have mutual recognition agreements with social work bodies of countries other than New Zealand.
AASW members need to find out the local requirements in other countries by referring to the social work bodies and/or registration or regulatory authorities in the relevant jurisdiction.
The countries we most often receive enquiries about are:
The UK requires registration through the HCPC-Health and Care Professions Council.
Canada requires recognition of qualifications in the province or territory in which you intend to practise.
United States of America
The USA accepts applications for registration to practise through a body called USA Council of Social Work Education – International Social Work Degree Recognition and Evaluation Service (ISWDRES).
AASW members need to refer to this body to find out whether a licensure to practise as a social worker is required in the United States.
What the AASW can do
Once you know the region in which you find employment, the AASW can prepare a letter confirming your eligibility for AASW membership which may assist you when applying for registration.
There is a fee for providing this letter, details can be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.