Accreditation

The Commission on Accreditation (COA) is responsible for the accreditation of Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work degree programs inCanada. 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 a maximum of fifteen (15) social work faculty/educators from across Canada and is jointly chaired by a Francophone member and an Anglophone member. The COA is supported in their work by the Accreditation Coordinator who is based out of the CASWE-ACFTS Office located in Ottawa.

The CASWE-ACFTS Standards for Accreditation outline 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), specify the types of accreditation, and provide 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.

CASWE-ACFTS is the accreditation body for Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) and Master of Social Work (MSW) programs in Canada. The Association’s Commission on Accreditation (COA) oversees the process and is comprised of social work educators from all parts of Canada.

EDUCATIONAL POLICIES & ACCREDITATION STANDARDS (EPAS) 2021

In April 2021, the CASWE-ACFTS Board of Directors approved the 2021
Educational Policies and Accreditation Standards (EPAS). The
Commission on Accreditation has recommended a transitional period of
two years, during which Schools of Social Work can choose 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 COA will use the set of Standards
chosen by the school of social work when assessing their program(s). When submitting the Self-Study Report, the school of social work will need to clearly identify whether they have selected the 2014 or the 2021 standards.

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 expected to comply with these Standards.

The Commission on Accreditation will be reviewing the Procedures for
Accreditation and inform membership of the changes once the revision has
been completed. Please also consider Briefing Note #5, which was
submitted by the Educational Policy Committee along with the EPAS.

For more information regarding the COA, accreditation or accredited
programs, please contact our Accreditation Coordinator, Marie-Christine Bois.

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

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

Grant Charles

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

Jason Albert

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

Laura Beres

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

Susan Burke

UNBC School of social Work

Jill Grant

University of Windsor

Roy Hanes

School of Social Work, Carleton University

Elizabeth Harper

Université du Québec à Montréal

Sheri McConnell

Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador

Anne-Marie McLaughlin

University of Calgary

Dominique Mercure

École de service social, Université Laurentienne

Raymond Neckoway

School of Social Work, Lakehead University

Elda Savoie

École de travail social, Université de Moncton

Commission on Accreditation

The COA is composed of a maximum of 15 members who serve as Commissioners, and a staff member who serves as the Accreditation Coordinator. The Terms of Office for Commissioners is normally three years, and is renewable twice. The COA is co- chaired by one Francophone and one Anglophone member. Interested in joining the COA? We share calls with our membership to join the COA as positions become available. Check back back regularly for these postings.with 

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

member
Normand Brodeur

École de travail social et de criminologie
Université Laval

Elda Savoie
Elda Savoie

 École de travail social, Université de Moncton

member
Marie Drolet

École de service social
Université d’Ottawa

member
Jacquie Green

School of Social Work
University of Victoria

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.

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 44 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

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 (USA) 

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.

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