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Continuing Professional Education (CPE)

The Social Work Accreditation and Advisory Board (SWAAB) has reviewed the Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Framework and decided to reduce the number of CPE credits required for the renewal of accreditation status.

Registered Social Workers-Provisional, Registered Social Workers and Registered Social Service Practitioners are only required to fulfil 60 CPE credits, of which 30 CPE Credits must be from structured activities, during the two-year accreditation period. The CPE credits can be obtained through structured and unstructured activities as shown in the CPE Matrix below. This applies to social workers in both direct and indirect practice. 

Activities for approval of CPE credits are to be submitted through the CPE Log Book that can be found in each accredited professional’s account. To start submitting CPE credits for renewal of accreditation status, please log into your account and choose the "CPE Log Book for Renewal" option.

If you are unable to meet the CPE requirements before your accreditation status expires, you will be given an extenstion period of 3 years to acquire the required number of credits.  During the extension period, you will not be accredited and will not be on the register.  Click here for information on Extension and Renewal.

Category Criteria CPE Credit
Structured Activities (Minimum: 30 credits)
Category 1

Formal study courses / Structured lectures, short courses, conferences, workshops and seminars

a) Related university undergraduate or postgraduate degree courses

1 Credit for each contact hour

 
b) Attend relevant external lectures, short courses, conferences, workshops and seminars.
1 Credit for each contact hour
Formal / Structured in-house training
c) Attend relevant structured in-house training 'Structured' refers to the presence of course objectives, curriculum and a trainer to impart knowledge / skills.
1 Credit for each contact hour
Category 2
Participation in Professional Boards and Committees Member of Boards and Committees of relevant professional bodies, government organizations, VWOs and social service agencies outside the workplace. 8 Credits per board/committee

12 Credits for Singapore Association of Social Workers committee (SASW).
Category 3
Contribution to relevant social work or management knowledge
a) Conduct formal/ structured lectures, seminars, conferences, or training courses for social workers and tertiary social work students for the first time (exclude regular lectures and courses by full-time lectures and/or self-employed trainers)
4 Credits each lecture hour
 
b) Conduct formal/structured lectures, seminars, conferences or training courses for social workers and tertiary social work students after the first time (exclude regular lectures and courses by full-time lectures and/or self-employed trainers)
2 Credits each lecture hour
 
c) Write, edit articles or publish papers in distinguished publications, conferences, proceedings, professional journals or books.
5 Credits for each topic
 
d) Write, edit articles or reports for relevant publications.
2 Credits for each article or report
Unstructured Activities
Category 1
Self-study
a) Reading of relevant professional, ethnical or scholarly publications.
1 Credit every 2 hours
 
b) Listening, viewing audio or video tapes on relevant topics or taking correspondence courses.
1 Credit every 2 hours
 
c)

Receiving individual or group supervision from a supervisor who has a recognised bachelor or postgraduate social work qualification and at least 3 years* of social work experience, of which 1 year must be in Singapore. 

 * The minimum number of years of experience for the supervisor will be raised from 3 years to 4 years with effect from 8 February 2018. Click here for details.

1 Credit for every 2 hours of supervision received
 
d)

Providing individual or group supervision to a social worker, social service practitioner and a tertiary social work student if you have a recognised social work qualification and at least 3 years* of social work experience, of which 1 year must be in Singapore. 

 The minimum number of years of experience for the supervisor will be raised from 3 years to 4 years with effect from 8 February 2018. Click here for details.

1 Credit for every 2 hours of supervision given
Category 2
In-house training and discussion
a) Conducting informal in-house training and presentations to colleagues.
1 Credit per hour
 
b) Attending informal in-house learning and sharing sessions

'Informal' refers to a two-way learning and sharing session among participants without a trainer.
1 Credit for every 2 hours
Category 3
Professional Membership Membership of relevant professional organizations 2 Credits per organization

4 Credits for SASW membership.

(Max of 4 credits if SASW is not one of the organizations. Max of 6 credits if SASW is one of the organizations in this category)
Category 4
Relevant activities related to social work or the social service sector
a) Attending organized group visits to VWOs and other agencies
1 Credit for every 2 hours
 
b) Attending professional and technical courses, sharing sessions or participating in activities that contribute to the professional development of self, other social workers that are not covered under any other categories.
1 Credit for every 2 hours


How do I send in an application?

  1. CPE credits must be submitted electronically through your on-line account.
  2. You need not submit supporting documents but you must be able to furnish them should you be asked to do so.

 


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