Continuing Professional Education and Learning for Social Workers (Post Qualifying) (Wales only) (3979)

Last Updated: 09 Jan 2014
This post qualifying certificate forms the consolidation programme of the Continuing Professional Education and Learning (CPEL) framework in Wales. Developed by the Care Council for Wales, the CPEL framework aims to improve the standard of social work practice and enhance professionalism in Wales. Completion of this post qualifying certificate is mandatory for newly qualified social workers in Wales and will normally be undertaken once the first year of practice has been completed.

The consolidation programme builds on the learning completed during both the social work degree and the good practice support framework ‘Making the Most of the First Year in Practice: A Guide for Newly Qualified Social Workers’ that is undertaken during the first year of practice.

Set within the Welsh context, the three units within the post qualifying certificate focus on the main areas in which newly qualified social workers need to consolidate their practice namely the use of professional judgement in increasingly complex situations, collaborative working and undertaking needs based assessment. The units may also be relevant to meet the learning needs of other more experienced social workers.
This qualification has been developed for newly qualified social workers. Any learner wishing to complete this programme must be currently registered with the Care Council for Wales or one of the other regulatory bodies for social workers in the UK.
Available to deliver in the following:
  • Wales

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General Information

What Is Involved In Studying This Course?

Set within the Welsh context, you will learn how to work collaboratively, how to use professional judgement in increasingly complex situations and how to undertake needs based assessment. You will complete a learning programme and will undertake work based assessment that will enable you to compile a portfolio of evidence.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Attainment of the post qualifying certificate will demonstrate that the learner has successfully completed the consolidation programme component of CPEL framework. Completion of the consolidation programme will be mandatory for all newly qualified social workers in Wales from 2012 onwards. Successful completion can use it as evidence of post registration training and learning (PRTL) and will confer eligibility to undertake the Experienced Practitioner Programme. This will enable future progress through the proposed national career pathway for social workers in Wales.

What Is Involved With Delivering This Course?

Practice assessment of learners on the Programme can only be undertaken by a registered social worker with a minimum of three years post qualifying experience in social work and either: whose role includes supporting the learning and development of other professional staff; or holding an appropriate qualification in assessment.

The assessment of learners will meet specified assessment requirements and will draw on a range of evidence including the direct observation of practice competence with service users, by at least one professionally qualified person. There must be evidence of the involvement of service users and carers in the management, development and delivery of the programme. There must also be evidence that the programme reflects:

• the specified learning outcomes
• current research and evidence
• service users and carer perspectives
• current legislation and policy
• inter-professional context
• the code of practice for social workers
• the language, legislation, culture, geography and institutions in Wales
• the NOS for social work appropriate to the programme
• the specified assessment requirements.

Internal quality assurance must be carried out by appropriately experienced and qualified social workers, who hold an appropriate work role or qualification. The use of the TAQA standards as a steer to current practice in assessment and internal quality assurance is recommended.

To find all the resource requirements, download the qualification handbook from the documents section of the webpage.

No fast track approval is currently available. Centres wishing to become approved to offer the programme must complete the centre approval and/or qualification approval process.

Level 6

The post qualifying certificate is available at Level 6 and is only suitable for qualified social workers who are currently registered with the Care Council for Wales or one of the other regulatory bodies for social workers in the UK

You need to complete 3 mandatory units:
Unit 1: Applying analysis in assessment to inform interventions
Unit 2: Working collaboratively with service users, carers and other professionals
Unit 3: Intervention and application of professional judgement in increasingly complex situations

For full details of requirements, download the Qualification Handbook from the additional documents section.

What Careers Can This Lead To?

Attainment of the post qualifying certificate will demonstrate that the learner has successfully completed the consolidation programme component of CPEL framework. Completion of the consolidation programme will be mandatory for all newly qualified social workers in Wales from 2012 onwards. Successful completion can use it as evidence of post registration training and learning (PRTL) and in the future will confer eligibility to undertake the Experienced Practitioner Programme. This will enable the learner to progress through the proposed national career pathway for social workers in Wales.

Level 6 Certificate in Continuing Professional Education and Learning for Social Workers (Post Qualifying) (Wales only) (3979-06)

Last Registration Date: 31 Dec 2099

Level 6 Certificate in Continuing Professional Education and Learning for Social Workers (Post Qualifying)

  • Accreditation No: Data unavailable This is a reference number related to UK accreditation framework
  • Type: VRQ This is categorisation to help define qualification attributes e.g. type of assessment
  • Credits: 30 Credits are a measure of the size of the qualification
  • Guided Learning Hours: 135 - 135 This is the average contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Total Qualification Time: Data unavailable This is the total contact time a centre would typically commit
  • Key Stage: Data unavailable This shows the equivalent Key Stage level.
  • Last Certification: This is the last date that a certificate can be issued

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