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body or mind

both

Field

Social Services

Boss or Team

Team

Communication

Good Communicator

Work With

People

Math & Science

Neither

Study Length

Prepared to Study for Years

Environment

Busy Environment

Social Worker (Professional)

Becoming a social worker is one of those careers where it’s not just a job, it’s a calling. Social workers care deeply about making a difference in both people’s and communities’ lives. Their role is to provide support, protection, and assistance to those in need and who are vulnerable or in crisis.

It’s also a very rewarding career with many opportunities in South Africa.

If helping people is your passion, then a career in social work could be for you!

How to be a Professional Social Worker in South Africa

Get the Required Qualifications

To become a professional social worker, you will need a university degree.

There are many universities and institutions that offer these degrees. 

Demonstrate Competence in the Required Subjects

Entry requirements differ per institution, but a National Senior Certificate is required for becoming a professional generally required school subjects for National Senior Certificate include:

Accumulate Years of Relevant Study and Experience

Professional social workers in South Africa typically study between 3-5 years. (Postgraduate studies also available)

Find Relevant Employment Opportunities

You will have to register with the South African Council for Social Service Professions in order to legally practise professionally as a social worker. 

Employment opportunities include opportunities in the  private sector, welfare organizations and governmental or non-governmental organisations

Find More Information from Relevant Regulatory Bodies

To find more information about professional social workers, contact the South African Council for Social Service Professionals.

 

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