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Commission on Accreditation (COA)

The Commission on Accreditation (COA) is responsible for the accreditation of Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work degree programs in Canada. The CASWE-ACFTS Standards for Accreditation and Procedures for Accreditation are based on the educational policies, standards and procedures adopted by the CASWE-ACFTS Board of Directors.

The COA is composed of fourteen (14) social work faculty/educators from across Canada and is jointly chaired by a Francophone member (Dr. Louise Carignan) and an Anglophone member (Dr. Peter Gabor). The COA is supported in their work by the Accreditation Coordinator, who is based out of the National Office located in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

The CASWE-ACFTS Standards for Accreditation outlines the Principles and Standards guiding the Accreditation of Bachelor and Master of Social Work programs in Canada, including the core learning objectives for students. The CASWE-ACFTS Procedures for Accreditation outlines the accreditation process (including details on deadlines and due dates), specifies the types of accreditation, and provides an explanation of the reconsideration and appeal process. It also clarifies financial responsibility for the accreditation process, defines conflict of interest, identifies confidentiality issues, student relations, and the Commission on Accreditation (COA) responsibilities.

Accreditation Coordinator

Ms. Marie-Christine Bois is the Commission on Accreditation (COA) Coordinator. Please contact Ms. Bois at COA@caswe-acfts.ca for information regarding the COA, accreditation or accredited programs.

International Degrees

There is a current agreement between the Council on Social Work Education in the USA and the CASWE-ACFTS on the mutual recognition of accredited degrees whereby any CSWE or CASWE-ACFTS accredited MSW or BSW is accepted as equivalent. Agreement of Mutual Recognition of Accredited Degrees between CSWE and CASWE-ACFTS.

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 (http://www.casw-acts.ca/) in order to register with the provincial social work regulatory body. CASW provides the assessment service for provincial / territorial member organizations except in the provinces of British Columbia and Quebec.