The social work qualification verification service

The qualification verification service enables social workers who qualified before the introduction of the social work degree but no longer have their certificate, to apply for a letter which will verify that they hold the relevant qualification. If you wish to do so, please ensure that the qualification you hold is eligible and complete and return the application form. This service was formerly delivered by The College of Social Work prior to its closure.

Qualification verification in the devolved administrations

The qualification verification service for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland was transferred to the relevant UK councils on 1 June 2012.

Who can obtain a letter of verification?

Letters of verification can only be issued to the award holder. If the award holder gives prior written consent, the letter of verification can be sent directly to an employer or employment agency.

What is a verification letter?

The verification letter is a uniquely identifiable document which specifically identifies the qualification obtained, qualification date, training establishment attended, and the named recipient of an award (at time of qualification).

Is a verification letter proof of identity or proof that the bearer is a registered social worker?

The letter of verification is not proof of identity or that a bearer is a registered qualified social worker. It remains the employer’s responsibility to check that an individual presenting a letter of verification is the person identified therein, and that said individual is a registered qualified social worker with one of the four UK councils.

How do I obtain a verification letter?

Download the application form, and return via email to

How long will I have to wait for a verification letter?

The verification service (for England) typically takes up to 20 working days. However, during busy periods it may take up to 30 days to carry out verifications. We will aim to complete them within 20 days and alert you should it take longer.

What UK social work qualifications are eligible for a letter of verification?

Please see theĀ list of UK social work qualifications eligible for a letter of verification.

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?

Please email your question to