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Registered Clinical Social Worker (RCSW)
A registrant in the Clinical class may use the title Registered Clinical Social Worker (RCSW) and practice social work in British Columbia. In addition, an RCSW may assess, diagnose and treat mental disorders based on the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders).
An RCSW may engage in social work practice within an organization or in private practice.
An RCSW must complete the annual Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.
To apply for registration in the Clinical class, an applicant must submit both an RSW and RCSW application (note: full registrants of the College only need to submit an RCSW application).
If the applicant meets all the requirements for clinical registration, the College will approve the applicant to take the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Clinical exam. The applicant must successfully complete the exam to become an RCSW.
Application fee (no application fee for existing full registrants of BCCSW): $120 ($132 effective 2021 registration cycle)
Annual fee: $255 ($281 effective 2021 registration cycle)