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Guidance on test of competence

Guidance for those who've been asked to take a test of competence

A test of competence is an interview designed to examine whether or not you meet the standards required for registration. All social workers who apply to join our register are required to demonstrate that they meet our professional standards and are capable of safe and effective practice.

If our registration advisers find that there are significant shortfalls in your education, knowledge or skills, you’ll be asked to attend a test of competence. Your test of competence will address the specific standards that were not sufficiently demonstrated in your application.

The test of competence gives you the opportunity to show that you do, in fact, meet the standards required to join our register. If you pass the test of competence, you’ll be eligible for registration.

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Last updated: 27 November 2019