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Continuous professional learning (CPL)

We introduced new continuous professional learning (CPL) for registrants from June 2024 to focus on key skills and knowledge needed at different career stages.

Maintaining and improving knowledge and skills is in the SSSC Code of Practice for Social Service Workers and is a requirement of SSSC registration.

We’ll ask you to confirm you’ve completed your CPL as part of your annual declaration. You don’t need to upload your CPL record.

We will choose a random sample of registrants for CPL endorsement. If we choose to sample your CPL, we may ask you to review your learning with your supervisor.

Find the learning you need to do for your role and the stage of your career on our CPL website.

Visit our CPL website

Newly qualified social workers (NQSW) CPL

The NQSW pathway set out the mandatory learning activity all NQSWs need to complete to meet their CPL requirement. The mandatory learning activity is relevant to all NQSWs regardless of setting and will support professional development.

You’ll find the mandatory learning activity and associated guidance on the CPL website and the SSSC NQSW website.

From October 2024 employers will begin to roll out the mandatory NQSW Supported Year. You can read more about it on the NQSW website.


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