Initial Competency & Recertification

Full members of ANZASW have to demonstrate on-going competent practice, this includes having a current Competency Certificate & undertaking regular continued professional development.

Forms for Initial Competency


Forms for the Tangata Whenua Kanohi ki Kanohi Assessment using the Niho Taniwha Framework (for initial Competency only):

Word-doc-16x32   ANZASW COLUMN Format OR

Word-doc-16x32   ANZASW ROW Format OR

Word-doc-16x32   SWRB CPD Log 2016-2017:  refer SWRB Core Competence Standards

Please note that whilst ANZASW will accept your CPD Log in either the ANZASW Format(s) or the SWRB format; if you choose to complete recertification with the SWRB you will be required to complete the CPD Log in the SWRB format. Any queries please contact portfolio@anzasw.nz


Reference Documents
pdficon_small      ANZASW Competency and Recertification Reference Document
This document includes:

  • ANZASW CPD Log Exemplar
  • ANZASW CPD Policy
  • Examples of CPD Activity
  • Recertification and CPD Guide
  • ANZASW Social Work Practice Standards
  • ANZASW Supervision Policy
  • Overseas Practice and Competency Note
  • Registered Social Worker Responsibilities
  • SWRB CPD Log Exemplar

pdficon_small      An Example of a Competency Assessment Portfolio (adapted for publication – Peter Robb article)


Reminder: Initial Competency for Candidates with a recognised social work qualification

As from 25 th  July 2016 ANZASW will be:

  • using the Single Assessor model to process to Initial Competency applicants who hold a recognised social work qualification
  • all initial competency portfolios are to be submitted electronically
  • email your portfolio to either portfolio@anzasw.org.nz   or Margaret Langley margaretl@anzasw.nz

Reminder: Initial Competency for Candidates WITHOUT a recognised social work qualification

You are still required to complete a face to face / kanohi ki kanohi panel assessment either

in person or via Skype.

  • In this instance three hard copies of your portfolios are to be submitted and sent to: Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW)
    COURIER: Unit C, 375 Main South Road, Hornby, Christchurch 8042, New Zealand

Forms for Recertification


Reference Document

pdficon_small      ANZASW Competency and Recertification Reference Document
This document includes:

  • ANZASW CPD Log Exemplar
  • ANZASW CPD Policy
  • Examples of CPD Activity
  • Recertification and CPD Guide
  • ANZASW Social Work Practice Standards
  • ANZASW Supervision Policy
  • Overseas Practice and Competency Note
  • Registered Social Worker Responsibilities
  • SWRB CPD Log Exemplar

Recertification & Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Log Guide

Recertification Portfolios are made up of:

  • A Cover sheet
  • Declarations
  • 5 annual CPD Logs evidencing a minimum of 20 hours CPD per year since your last assessment.

 

The ANZASW CPD Log Requirements are summarised as follows:
Social workers must complete a minimum of 20 hours CPD each year. 

These CPD activities must address identified learning goals and enhance their competence in at least two of the ANZASW practice standards per year.

Social workers must address all practice standards over the five-year recertification cycle.

Social workers critically reflect on their CPD learning for all five years and the relevance of their learning for their practice regarding the selected practice standards from 2015.

Sufficient hours of CPD activity required for each selected practice standards to enable a substantial critical reflection is estimated to be approximately 4-5 hours. 

CPD Completed in 2012-2013: 

  • The retrospective linkage of each CPD activity to the relevant ANZASW Practice Standards is expected but providing a reflection is optional.
  • Members will need to discuss the content of their CPD Log activities 2012-2013 and their critical reflections with their current Supervisor/Practice Leader/ Manager who will then provide one piece of critically reflective feedback on the CPD activity and sign-off these Logs.

CPD Completed in 2014:

  • The retrospective linkage of each CPD activity to the relevant ANZASW Practice Standards is expected but providing a reflection is optional.
  • If Logs have been completed progressively and feedback has been completed by the Supervisor / Manager / Professional Leader no change and no further action is required.
  • If signoff has not been completed at the time the Supervisor / Manager / Professional Leader will provide one piece of piece of critically reflective feedback and signoff for the 2014 CPD log.

CPD Logs from 1 January 2015:

For CPD completed from 1 January 2015 the following is required in annual CPD Logs:

  • Critical Reflection on how the activity has contributed to the development of your social work practice.
  • Substantial Critical Reflection on the relevance of the learning to at least two ANZASW Practice Standards covering all 10 Practice Standards over 5 years.
  • One piece of critically reflective feedback and sign off from your Supervisor/ Practice Leader /Manager for each 12 month period of a CPD Log.

The Supervisor, Manager, Professional Leader sign-off may be provided in one of several ways:

  • If there has been more than one Supervisor / Manager / Professional Leader over a 12 month period the Supervisor / Manager / Professional Leader in place at the time of the CPD activity was undertaken should provide the critically reflective feedback and sign-off.
  • If the CPD activity was one-off and related to a specific piece of work with a different Supervisor / Manager / Professional Leader that person should provide the critically reflective feedback and sign-off.
  • If the Social Worker had the same Supervisor / Manager / Professional Leader over the 12 month period of a CPD Log, the requirement is one substantial piece of critically reflective feedback and signoff for that period.

Alignment to ANZASW Practice Standards:

For Logs, 2012-2014, retrospectively link each CPD activity to the relevant ANZASW Practice Standards, providing a reflection is optional.

From 2015 the expectation that members provide substantial critical reflection on the relevance of the learning to at least two ANZASW Practice Standard/s per year does not preclude members attending and including CPD that addresses other practice standards. It is recognised that many CPD activities cover more than one Practice Standard.

For example: attending a workshop on the application of Te Tiriti o Waitangi to your work or learning Te Reo would be relevant to Practice Standard 2, researching material for delivering a CPD event is aligned to Practice Standard 10. Understanding the dynamics of Elder Abuse may align with Practice Standards 4, 5, 6 and 7.

 Progressive Completion of CPD Logs

For the period 2012-2013 there was no requirement to provide critically reflective feedback from your Supervisor / Manager / Practice Leader. You will therefore need to discuss any 2012-2013 CPD activity completed with your current Supervisor or Manager or Practice Leader and obtain ‘overall’ critically reflective feedback & sign-off.  The Supervisor / Manager / Practice Leader’s critically reflective feedback can be included at the end of the 2013 entry, or be provided in a separate document if necessary.

A change to only one piece of critically reflective feedback and sign-off being required for every 12 months of a CPD log was made in April 2017 and can be applied retrospectively from 2014. Members who have entered their CPD into their CPD Logs immediately after the activity occurred, as recommended, are able to submit the Logs they have completed with the added ONE piece of critically reflective feedback and sign-off per 12 months of CPD.

N.B: ANZASW does not require members to copy and paste their Log content for 2012-2013 period into the 2015 ANZASW Log Template.

Retrospective Completion of the CPD Log

Members who are completing their CPD Log retrospectively for the last 5 years will need to use the 2015 ANZASW Log.

ANZASW is aiming for flexibility in order to assist members to complete their CPD logs in a timely manner. 

CPD when Non-Practicing:

If a Registered Social Worker is applying for recertification:

If you have had a period of not practicing during the five years the following will apply:

2 years or more: You will be referred to SWRB as you may require an interim APC with conditions before you can complete your log. You will need to complete a self-reflection on the practice standards not already covered through CPD that has been completed and one practice study with a particular focus on the practice standards not previously covered. 

1 year or more at the end of the five years: you will be referred to SWRB as you may require an interim APC with conditions before you can complete your log. 

Less than 2 years throughout the 5 year period: then complete the additional work making particular reference to the practice standards you have not covered in your log. You will need to complete a self-reflection on the practice standards not covered and one practice study with a particular focus on the practice standards not previously covered. 

Application for recertification after the Certificate of Competence has lapsed for less than 1 year.

The above will apply.  

Application for recertification after competence has lapsed for more than 1 year: You will be referred to SWRB as you may require an interim APC with conditions before you can complete your log. 

The Recertification Assessment Process

Recertification Portfolios will be assessed by one Competency Assessor. If the Assessor is unable to identify that the portfolio demonstrates competence, the Assessor is able to request one or more references.

If a review of the portfolio and references does not confirm that competence is demonstrated, the portfolio is returned to the Competency Co-ordinator with a request for a second opinion. The second opinion will be provided by another Assessor, who will be advised that they will be providing a second opinion but will not be advised of the findings of the first Assessor.

In the event that a Registered Social Worker is not able to be found competent after the portfolio has been reviewed by two independent assessors the portfolio is to be referred to the Social Workers Registration Board.  The SWRB will then take responsibility for the competence process for that social worker.


You choose from either formats:

Word-doc-16x32      ANZASW CPD Log COLUMN Format

Word-doc-16x32      ANZASW CPD Log ROW Format

Word-doc-16x32      SWRB CPD Log 2016-2017

Please note that whilst ANZASW will accept your CPD Log in either the ANZASW Format(s) or the SWRB format; if you choose to complete recertification with the SWRB you will be required to complete the CPD Log in the SWRB format. Any queries please contact portfolio@anzasw.nz


ANZASW Competency and Recertification Reference Document

This document includes:

  • CPD Log Exemplars (ANZASW and SWRB)
  • ANZASW CPD Policy
  • Examples of CPD Activities
  • Recertification and CPD Guide

pdficon_small      ANZASW Competency and Recertification Reference Document


Additional Information

Initial Competency Assessments

1. Face-to-face assessment required for members / applicants without a recognised social work qualification – mainstream / Tau Iwi Panel

2. Kanohi ki kanohi Tangata Whenua process using the Niho Taniwha framework – available only to Tangata Whenua who are able to select this as their assessment model for their initial competency assessment.

3. Written portfolio assessments for members / applicants with a recognised social work qualification. Tangata Whenua may opt for a Tangata Whenua Assessment which means that the Lead Assessor will be Tangata Whenua.

RECERTIFICATION ASSESSMENTS

1. Written Portfolio – submitted electronically. Tangata Whenua may opt for a Tangata Whenua Assessment which means that the Assessor will be Tangata Whenua.

For all assessments of Written Portfolios, for both initial and recertification of competence the following applies:

  1. The portfolio is sent a competency assessor.
  2. If there are competence issues identified, a second opinion will be requested by the Competency Co-ordinator by sending the portfolio to a second assessor
  3. If the second assessor also identifies competence concerns ANZASW
    1. will notify the SWRB if the member is a registered social worker
    2. may request a face to face assessment

People who have a qualification approved by the Social Work Registration Board (SWRB) may elect to be assessed by a paper based process and do not need to appear in person before a panel.

All provisional members may elect a face-to-face process and those without an SWRB approved qualification must appear before a panel. There is an additional charge for face-to-face assessments. Click here to see the fees associated with competency assessment.

Note: Competency assessment does not automatically qualify social workers for registration.  Social workers holding a current certificate of competency who do not have an approved qualification may be eligible for a Section 13 Registration under the Social Work Registration Act (2003).

If registration becomes mandatory it will become illegal for workers to use the title social worker unless they are registered social workers.   A current competency certificate issued by the association would not be equivalent to registration.

There are two assessment processes the Tangata Whenua process, which is only available to Tangata Whenua and is based on the Niho Taniwha model and the Tauiwi process.   Tangata Whenua wishing to do a paper process can request a Tangata Whenua assessor.

Both the Tangata Whenua and Tauiwi processes involve the preparation of a portfolio of evidence of competent practice that is then presented to an independent assessment panel. Assessment panels are arranged by Assessors located throughout the country. Local workshops and national webinars are provided to explain the competency assessment process and to advise on the preparation of the portfolio. An outline of each process can be found below. Click on the related item to see the fees associated with competency assessment.

In 2003 the Social Workers Registration Act was enacted with the purpose of increasing the accountability for the profession, enhancing the professionalism of Social Workers and protecting members of the public.

In November of that year the Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB) was constituted as a crown entity and as such is entirely separate from ANZASW. The SWRB is responsible for establishing the criteria for registration of New Zealand and overseas qualified Social Workers, developing a code of conduct, establishing the policies and procedures for complaints and discipline, and setting up the registration database.

Further details about the SWRB can be found at their website www.swrb.govt.nz

At present registration is voluntary although many employers now require their staff to either be registered or eligible for registration. As part of becoming registered a Social Worker must provide evidence of having completed an approved competency assessment process.

ANZASW provides an approved competency assessment process and further details can be found under Related Items.

The criteria for Registration can be found of the SWRB website but in broad terms require a Social Worker to demonstrate that they are a fit and proper person to be practicing social work, that they have a recognised social work qualification, that they are a competent practitioner and that they have enough practical experience.

Please consult the SWRB website for the policy statements that cover these criteria.

Practicing social work involves:

·         Direct interaction with people using the service in the context of a ‘front line’ role;

·         Managing, supervising or mentoring other social workers;

·         Teaching social work practice or theory;

·         Other roles that utilise an individual’s social work knowledge, skills, values and ethics, where the individual has some level of engagement in decisions about people using the service. 

o People using the service includes, but is not limited to, individuals, families, whanau, hapu, iwi, groups, organisations, communities, staff, supervisees or students. 

Advice from Duncan & Cotterill – providers of Legal Advisory Services for Lumley (The ANZASW Professional Indemnity Insurance Provider)
2014
The legal advisors for the ANZASW Professional Indemnity Insurance have provided the following advice for members who are registered social workers:

1. that it is the registered member’s personal responsibility to ensure compliance (not ANZASW’s or the SWRB’s);
2. that members should not see the APC process (including hold a current Certificate of Competency) as an administrative task, but rather as a fundamental requirement for practice;
3. that non-compliance is a criminal offence;
4. that there are significant penalties for non-compliance;
5. that the SWRB has consciously changed its approach to the issue since 2013 and is now enforcing the APC regime strictly and in accordance with the SWR Act 2003.

It currently takes a minimum of 4 weeks from the receipt of a fully complete portfolio to complete the assessment and issue a Certificate of Competency. While every attempt will be made to assess portfolios prior to the expiry date of the current Certificate of Competency there is no guarantee that this will occur of the complete portfolio is received at National Office less than 4 weeks prior to the expiry of a Certificate of Competency.

It is preferable that members submit their portfolios at least six (6) weeks prior to expiry of their Certificate of Competency.

Testimonials

I really appreciate your support in getting this in and assessed so promptly.  It has been a really worthwhile exercise! – Bridget

…it was a very empowering process and everything went extremely well – Claire

…I feel extremely grateful to the three of you for being willing to put yourselves outside of the expected timeframes for assessing competency in order that I could meet my SWRB deadline.
I feel really supported by you and by ANZASW. – Janice