SACSSP

Foreign Graduates

A social worker, social auxiliary worker, child and youth care worker (professional category) or child and youth care worker (auxiliary category) who has obtained his or her basic (or first qualification) outside of the Republic of South Africa and who wishes to practise his or her profession in the country must first have his or her qualification assessed by the SACSSP in terms of section 17D of the Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978 as to ascertained whether such a qualification is of the same standard of professional education and training as the required prescribed qualification.

Requirements and Criteria

A social worker, social auxiliary worker, child and youth care worker (professional category) or child and youth care worker (auxiliary category) who has obtained his or her basic (or first qualification) outside of the Republic of South Africa and who wishes to practise his or her profession in the country must first have his or her qualification assessed by the SACSSP in terms of section 17D of the Social Service Professions Act 110 of 1978 as to ascertained whether such a qualification is of the same standard of professional education and training as the required prescribed qualification.

Before proceeding please see Foreign Graduates.

Social workers and social auxiliary workers please also read the registration requirements under Social work as well as the Assessment of international qualifications and registration policy for social workers and social auxiliary workers (2019).

Child and youth care workers (professional and auxiliary category) please also read the registration requirements under Child and youth care work.

Registration (Foreign Graduates)

The qualifications (prescribed qualification) obtained by a social worker, social auxiliary worker, child and youth care worker (professional category) or child and youth care worker (auxiliary category) must be assessed by the SACSSP before he or she will be registered.

In order to assess the qualification and process the application by persons mentioned above, the following needs to be provided:

  • documentary proof from the training institution where he or she received tuition and training in social work, social auxiliary work, child and youth care work (professional category) or child and youth care work (auxiliary category) of the content of theoretical tuition and both the nature and duration of field instruction received in each subject;
  • documentary proof that the training institution where he or she received tuition and training in social work, social auxiliary work, child and youth care work (professional category) or child and youth care work (auxiliary category) is accredited, specifying the body with which the training institution is accredited. If the training institution is not accredited, proof of any other form of recognition that the training institution has is acceptable;
  • in the case of a training institution that is accredited, documentary proof from the accrediting body that the qualification(s) is/are or was/were the accepted tuition and training for social work, social auxiliary work, child and youth care work (professional category) or child and youth care work (auxiliary category) in the country concerned; and/or
  • submit, if deemed necessary by the SACSSP, a portfolio of evidence be submitted and attend an assessment interview with the applicant who obtained his or her qualification(s) in a country outside the RSA.

All documents accompanying the above application that are not drawn up in English, must be accompanied by a translation prepared by a sworn translator in English, as well as a certified copy of the original document, and the onus shall be on the applicant to have such document(s) so translated.

The following documents need to be obtained before submitting an application (as it needs to accompany the application).

Document related to the qualification:

  • Certified copy of qualification in social work, social auxiliary work, child and youth care work (professional category) or child and youth care work (auxiliary category).
  • Academic record for all years of study towards your qualification
  • SAQA certificate obtainable from the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) for the academic benchmarking of your existing qualification obtained outside South Africa. The purpose of the SAQA benchmarking is to determine if the existing qualification is equal or higher than the minimum academic qualification required in South Africa. This process is the responsibility of the applicant.

Document related to the applicant’s fitness to practice

  • A recent police clearance certificate from the country of origin/ where you obtained your qualification.
  • Documented proof that the applicant was allowed to practice as a social worker, social auxiliary worker, child and youth care worker (professional category) or child and youth care worker (auxiliary category)in the country of origin.
  • A valid residency permit, if not a South African citizen.
  • A valid South African work permit, if not a South African citizen.
  • Employment history record of the last three (3) employers, if you were employed after obtaining your qualification.

Statutory body registration

Documented proof of your registration from the statutory body (Professional Council) for your profession in the country where your studied or worked prior to entering South Africa, if such registration was required.

Please see Steps for registration before proceeding with the application process.

An application needs to be made in the prescribed format (Forms indicated below). Click on the number of the Form to download the specific form.

IMPORTANT: Please follow the instructions on the Form and make sure that all the required supporting documents accompany your application as incomplete applications result in unnecessary delays.

FORM R.6.SW.1: Application by a SOCIAL WORKER who registers for the FIRST TIME as social worker with the SACSSP and who have obtained his or her basic qualification outside of the Republic of South Africa.

FORM R.6.SW.2:  Application by a SOCIAL AUXILIARY WORKER who registers for the FIRST TIME as social auxiliary worker with the SACSSP and who have obtained his or her basic qualification outside of the Republic of South Africa.

FORM R.6.CYC.1: Application by a Child and youth care worker in the professional category of registration who registers for the FIRST TIME as a child and youth care worker in the professional category of registration with the SACSSP and who have obtained their basic qualification outside of the Republic of South Africa.

FORM R.6.CYC.2: for the first time as child and youth care worker in the auxiliary category of registration who registers for the FIRST TIME as a child and youth care worker in the auxiliary category of registration with the SACSSP and who have obtained their basic qualification outside of the Republic of South Africa.

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