Commission on Accreditation

Standards

The Board of Directors has approved the 2021 Educational Policies and Accreditation Standards (EPAS). The Commission on Accreditation is recommending a transitional period of two years, during which Schools of Social Work can chose either the 2014 Accreditation Standards or the 2021 Educational Policies and Accreditation Standards. This transitional period will be effective from July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2023. The Commission on Accreditation will use the set of Standards chosen by the School of Social Work when assessing their program(s). When submitting their Self-Study Report, the Schools of Social Work will need to identify clearly which document they have selected.

Effective July 1, 2023, all Schools of Social Work will be expected to use the 2021 Educational Policies and Accreditation Standards in their reporting and therefore expected to comply with these Standards.

Procedures

The CASWE-ACFTS Procedures for Accreditation guide the schools through the accreditation process. The document provides information about the types of accreditation, details on deadlines and due dates for reports, as well as the responsibilities of the Commission of Accreditation (COA).

Commissioners

The Commission on Accreditation (COA) is composed of a maximum of fifteen (15) members, all of whom are social work educators from all parts of Canada. The Terms of office are normally three years, renewable twice. The COA is co-chaired by one Francophone and one Anglophone member. Current COA members are listed below.

Ginette Berteau
Ginette Berteau

Francophone Co-chair
École de travail social, Université du Québec à Montréal

Grant Charles
Grant Charles

Anglophone Co-chair
School of Social Work, University of British Columbia

Jason Albert
Jason Albert

Department of Indigenous Education, Health and Social Work, First Nations University of Canada

Laura Beres
Laura Beres

School of Social Work, King’s University College at Western University

Susan Burke
Susan Burke

UNBC School of social Work

member
Jill Grant

University of Windsor

Roy Haines
Roy Hanes

School of Social Work, Carleton University

member
Elizabeth Harper

 Université du Québec à Montréal

Sheri McConnell
Sheri McConnell

 Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador

member
Anne-Marie McLaughlin

 University of Calgary

member
Dominique Mercure

 École de service social, Université Laurentienne

Raymond Neckoway
Raymond Neckoway

 School of Social Work, Lakehead University

Elda Savoie
Elda Savoie

 École de travail social, Université de Moncton

Frequently Asked Questions

Foreign Degrees

Yes, CASWE-ACFTS has a mutual degree recognition agreement with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) stating that degrees from CASWE-ACFTS and CSWE accredited BSW and MSW programs are considered equivalent.

CASWE-ACFTS has a mutual degree recognition agreement with the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) stating that degrees from CASWE-ACFTS and CSWE accredited BSW and MSW programs are considered equivalent. If you choose to study in another country, you must have your degree assessed by the Canadian Association for Social Workers (CASW) for equivalency (http://www.casw-acts.ca/) in order to register with the provincial social work licensing/regulatory body. If you complete a BSW in another country and intend to apply to a graduate program in Canada, the specific university admissions’ office determines whether the degree is recognized by their university. Please contact the program’s admission’s office directly.

Generally, in order for social work graduates to work in Canada, they must become members of the provincial social work licensing/regulatory body. The Canadian Association for Social Worker (CASW) evaluates foreign Social Work degrees for equivalency. They have a well-established procedure to assess foreign social work credentials. CASW provides the assessment service for provincial / territorial member organizations except in the provinces of British Columbia and Quebec. Their web site is: http://www.casw-acts.ca

Pre-Accreditation Status

Pre-Accreditation Status means that a program (MSW or BSW) within a school of Social Work is in the process of obtaining their First Accreditation. This is an intensive process in which the Commission on Accreditation works closely with the school to ensure that their program meets the Standards for Accreditation. If you graduate from a program currently in Pre-Accreditation Status, and the program attains First Accreditation status, the program is retro-actively granted accreditation status for the Pre-Accreditation period, meaning that your degree is considered to be from an accredited program. If, for some reasons, the program is not granted First Accreditation, then your degree will not be from an accredited program (this situation is very unlikely).

Un-Accredited Program

If you have a degree from a program that is not accredited by CASWE-ACFTS, then there is no expectation that the program meets expected Canadian standards in social work education. A program that has not been assessed by the Commission on Accreditation has not participated in a rigorous accreditation process to ensure the program adheres to specific standards, identifies learning objectives for students, and integrates principles such as human rights and social justice into the social work education process. The CASWE-ACFTS accreditation process aims to promote excellence in social work education, scholarship, and practice with a social justice focus.

Accredited Programs

You will be able to find the list of all the accredited social work programs on the Association website at https://caswe-acfts.ca/members/. You will click on Institutional member and then on Universities. You will then have access to all universities having a social work program (s) accredited by CASWE-ACFTS. When you click on any university, this will take you to the module, school, department or faculty of social work website.

Mutual Recognition of Accredited Degrees

Agreement of Mutual Recognition of Accredited Degrees The Canadian Association for Social Work Education (CASWE-ACFTS) has mutual degree recognition agreements with the National Indigenous Accreditation Board (NIAB) on Turtle Island and the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) in the United-States.

List of NIAB accredited programs

Maskwacis Cultural College
UnBQ – University nuxełhot’įne thaaɁehots’į nistameyimâkanak Blue Quills
Red Crow Community College
Yellowhead Tribal College


Directory of Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Accredited Programs
(U.S) 



International Degrees
If you choose to study in another country, or have a degree from another country and wish to work as a social worker in Canada, you must have your degree assessed by the Canadian Association for Social Workers (CASW) for equivalency in order to register with a provincial social work regulatory body. CASW provides the assessment service for provincial / territorial member organizations except in the provinces of British Columbia and Quebec.

Directory of CASWE-ACFTS Accredited Programs

Directory of CASWE-ACFTS Accredited Programs

Here is the most recently updated version of the Accreditation Directory, which presents current and historical periods of accreditation for CASWE-ACFTS accredited social work programs. This directory is updated twice a year, following the Commission on Accreditation meetings.

Accreditation Directory 07-2021

List of Accredited Programs

There are currently 43 schools/faculties/departments/modules in Canada that offer CASWE-ACFTS accredited programs; some providing a BSW program, a MSW program or both. All universities that offer CASWE-ACFTS accredited social work program(s) are listed below. You can click on the links to learn more about their specific social work program(s).

LEGEND:
1. Bachelor Program – Programme de Baccalauréat
2. Master Program – Programme de Maitrise
3. Ph.D Program – Programme de Doctorat
4. Distance Education Available – Formation à distance disponible
5. French and English Programs available – Programme disponible en français et en anglais
6. French Program – Programme en français
7. English Program – Programme en anglais
8. Preaccreditation BSW – Préagrément BTS
9. Preaccreditation MSW – Préagrément MTS

Algoma University 1 7

Carleton University 1 2 3 7

Dalhousie University 1 2 4 7

First Nations University of Canada 1 7

King’s University College (Western University) 1 2 7

Lakehead University 1 2 7

Laurentian University/Université Laurentienne 1 2 4 5

Laurentian University School of Indigenous Relations 1 7

MacEwan University 1 7

McGill University 1 2 3 7

McMaster University 1 2 3 7

Memorial University of Newfoundland 1 2 3 7

Mount Royal University  8

Nicola Valley Institute of Technology 1 7

Nipissing University  8

Renison University College, University of Waterloo 1 2 4 7

Ryerson University 1 2 7

St. Thomas University 1 7 9

Thompson Rivers University 1 4 7

Trent University 1 7

Université d’Ottawa 1 2 3 6

Université de Moncton 1 2 6

Université de Montréal 1 2 3 6

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