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Certificate in
Canadian Social Work Practice

This certificate program is designed to enhance the employment and academic prospects of internationally educated social work professionals. Offered part-time over a 10-month period (beginning in the Fall term), the program includes courses, mentorship, and work experience. The certificate is open only to internationally educated professionals with social service experience approved through the Internationally Educated Social Work Professionals (IESW) Program admissions process.

For detailed certificate and program information, please visit www.ryerson.ca/ce/socialwork.

See more courses and programs relating to Community Health and Well-being or Gateway for International Professionals.

Admission Criteria

Eligible applicants must have the following:

A social work degree awarded outside of Canada and registration with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) and;

A minimum of one year of paid accumulated employment in the social service field (abroad and/or in Canada)

OR

A social work degree awarded outside of Canada assessed as equivalent to a BSW or an MSW by the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) and;

A minimum of one year of paid accumulated employment in the social service field (abroad and/or in Canada)

OR

A baccalaureate degree awarded outside of Canada (minimum of three years of university study) in the humanities or social sciences, and equivalent to a Canadian degree and;

A minimum of two years’ paid accumulated employment in the social service field (abroad and/or in Canada)

In addition, all applicants must have the following:

  • proof of English proficiency at the required level
  • proof of Ontario residency
  • proof of eligibility to work in Canada

Students seeking admission to this program are also required to complete an application form and participate in a pre-assessment. The form can be found on the Internationally Educated Social Work Professionals (IESW) Program website.

For further information about the program please visit the IESW Program website.

Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a continuing education certificate program should be aware of possible restrictions; please refer to Curriculum Advising for complete details.

Program Open House

Students who have questions about the admission criteria and/or would like to know more about this certificate are invited to attend a Program Open House. Please see Open House for dates, times, and location.

Certificate Requirements

The successful completion of six courses, with a cumulative grade point average of 1.67 or higher, is required for the certificate.

Certificate Registration

Students may be registered in only one certificate program at any one time. To allow maximum flexibility in crediting external courses and/or courses previously taken at Ryerson, students should register in the certificate at the beginning of their first course (see also Courses and Programs FAQ). For complete details on the advantages of early registration, registration deadlines, and Transfer Credit restrictions, all students should read Registration in a Certificate Program.

Requirements for Graduation

To graduate, you must successfully complete the published certificate curricula from the year you registered in the certificate. Certificate requirements must be completed within six years from the time you were first admitted into the certificate program. In some circumstances, certificate requirements may change, resulting in courses no longer being available. In such cases, Course Substitutions/Directives may be requested. Also, you must apply on RAMSS to graduate, prior to the appropriate application deadlines (see Important Dates). For complete details, all students should read Graduation.

Required Courses

CSWP 201   Social Work:  Preparing for Social Work Practice
CSWP 335   Social Work:  Power, Resistance and Change
CSWP 917   Social Work:  Special Topics I
CSWP 918   Social Work:  Special Topics II
CVSW 900   Canadian Social Work Practice (IESW):  Foundations of Social Work


Electives (select one)*

CSWP 36A/B   Social Work:  Field Practicum
CVSW 305   Canadian Social Work Practice (IESW):  Field Practicum for Internationally Educated Social Workers


*Note: Students admitted into the program who are already registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers (OCSWSSW) or who hold a degree assessed as equivalent by the Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) select CVSW 305. Students who do not meet these qualifications must select CSWP 36A/B.