Social Worker PRTL

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Social workers are normally registered for a three-year registration period. During that time, they must complete 90 hours of PRTL -  study, training, courses, seminars, reading, teaching or other activities which could reasonably be expected to advance their professional development, or contribute to the development of the profession as a whole.


PRTL Requirements for Social Work Registrants

PDF copies of the PRTL Guidance documents for social workers, newly qualified social workers and AYEs are available to download from the resources at the bottom of the page.

  • Qualified social workers who have completed the Assessed Year in Employment and the PiP Requirements are required to complete 90 hours PRTL in each three-year registration period.
  • Social workers registered in the visiting European part of the Register, where the social worker is required to undertake post registration training and learning, the social worker shall complete 5 days (30 hours) each year, of study, training courses, seminars, reading, teaching or other activities which could reasonably be expected to advance the social worker’s professional development, or contribute to the development of the profession as a whole
  • Social workers appointed as a first line manager shall undertake learning and development activity in the professional supervision and appraisal of staff within two years of appointment to post.
  • Social workers who are first line managers or managers in other grades above this shall undertake, within the period of registration, learning and development activities appropriate to their post. These development activities should include professional leadership and management.
  • Newly qualified social workers on the Assessed Year in Employment are required to meet completed two PiP Requirements. 

Meeting PRTL Requirements for social workers through the Professional in Practice (PiP) Framework


The NISCC PiP Framework for Social Work Professional Development provides a system for social workers to build their training and learning into a Credit system which can be used to account for PRTL.

PiP Credit Accumulation allows social workers to earn professional credits for a broad range of learning and development which can be gained through taught or self-directed study. PiP Credits can also be used to build towards achieving PiP Professional Awards. More information about PiP and Credit Accumulation is available in the PiP section.

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