All social workers practicing in England need to renew their Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registration by November 2016. Each profession renews at a set time, which is the same every year. Social workers will need do so by November 2016.

Don’t forget to renew your registration now to avoid delays and any disruption to your employment. Three months before your registration ends, you will receive a letter from HCPC. The quickest way to renew your registration is online by completing a professional declaration and paying your registration fee.

It is important you are registered with HCPC, so you can continue to practise as a social worker. If you do not renew your registration and / or make a payment by the specified date, you are at risk of having your name removed from the HCPC register, which will also be communicated to your employer.

Watch this video to find out how you can renew:

Step by step guide for renewing your social worker registration

You can find out your exact renewal date via your online account. Don’t forget it is essential that you keep your personal details up to date. To access the online system, visit the HCPC website at and click on ‘My Account’ at the top of the home page.

Step 1 – Activate your online account

Before you can renew online you need to activate your online account. You will need your registration number and exclusive activation code. If you have not previously activated your account you will receive a reminder of your activation code at the start of your renewal period. If you have lost your activation code you can request a reminder of it to be sent by email. You will need to confirm your date of birth and postcode.

Step 2 – Set up your email address and password

To complete the activation process, you will need to provide your email address and set up a password.

Step 3 – Log in to your online account with your authentication code

You will need your authentication code every time you log in to your online account. Your authentication code can be found on your most recent registration card and you will receive a reminder at the start of your renewal period. If you have lost your authentication code, you can request a new one. For security reasons, this code can be sent to you only by post, which takes at least ten working days to arrive.

Step 4 – Complete your professional declaration

You must make a professional declaration once every two years in order to stay registered. By making a professional declaration you are confirming that you have:

continued to practise your profession since your last registration; or
not practised your profession since your last registration but have met the HCPC’s returning to practice requirements.

Step 5 – Registration fee payment

After completing your professional declaration, you need to pay your registration fee by a direct debit or a credit or debit card payment.

Finally, after you successfully renew your registration, you will receive a new certificate and card via post. You can check the status of your renewal online or using the HCPC mobile app.

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