General Notes on Application for Registration via Online System
(for new applicant only)
1. Application Form
If you are a new applicant and wish to apply for registration as a registered social worker, please complete the application form for submission to the Social Workers Registration Board.
2. Statutory Declaration
According to Section 37(5) of the Social Workers Registration Ordinance, a person seeking to be registered as a registered social worker is required to make a statutory declaration as to (a) whether he has been convicted of any offence, whether in Hong Kong or elsewhere; (b) if he has been so convicted, the nature of each such offence. No exemption will be granted under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Ordinance (Cap 297). You are required to make such a declaration in any circumstances. For details, please refer to the Guidelines for Statutory Declaration.
(a) A cheque payment for an application fee of $500 should be made payable to “Social Workers Registration Board”. Please make sure your name is printed at the back of the cheque in clear and legible manners. Post dated cheque will not be accepted.
(b) Please send the cheque together with the application form to the Registration Board. Your application will not be processed unless you have made the requisite payment.
Please enclose the following with the application : –
(a) A copy of the Hong Kong Identity Card, or a copy of the pages of the passport bearing name, number, place and date of issue;
(b) A copy of documentary proof of social work qualification(s) (academic certificate) as described in Section B or employment in social work post(s) as described in Section C;
(c) A statutory declaration (in original) of (non)conviction record required at paragraph 2 above (statutory declaration is valid for 1 months). For details, please refer to the Guidelines for Statutory Declaration.
(d) A cheque payable to Social Workers Registration Board as described in paragraph 3(a) above. Your application will not be processed unless you have made the requisite payment.
5. Personal Data
(a) The information provided may be used for the registration of social workers and for related matters carried out by the Social Workers Registration Board under the Social Workers Registration Ordinance. The Board may contact employing agencies, educational institutions and/or overseas accreditation bodies for additional information or verification in the conduct of its business as and when necessary.
(b) The information provided may be made available to persons working in the Social Workers Registration Board and/or agents/third party service providers appointed by the Board on a need to know basis.
(c) The Register of Registered Social Workers which is available for public inspection free of charge at the Board office during office hours contains the following information on RSWs:-
Name in English and Chinese
Basis of Registration (Recognized Qualification) / Employing Agency Last Known)
Category of Registration
(d) If you do not provide sufficient personal data, your application for registration may not be processed.
(e) In accordance with the provisions of the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance, you may request for access to or correction of the personal data provided in this application form or by other means. Please make such requests in writing to the Registrar, Social Workers Registration Board.
(f) In accordance with Section 16(3) of the Social Workers Registration Ordinance, all registered social workers should notify the Registrar of any changes in particulars of those items contained in the Register within 3 months.
(g) You are advised to keep a copy of this completed form for reference.