How to apply to register as a social care manager

It is important that you read all the information on this page before you complete your application form. After you have applied we will contact you about your application using the email address you provided so please check your email regularly.

Here you will find information about:

  • how to apply to register with the Care Council for Wales (Care Council), including key requirements for registration and fees

  • the documents you will need to complete your application

  • how to complete the online form whether you are new to the Register or are returning to the Register

  • including instructions about opening a MyCareCouncil account, and

  • who should endorse your application.

You will also find information about what information we need, declarations, and what we do with registration data that we hold.

1. Key requirements

Mandatory registration

Some groups of social care managers must register to practice, these are:

  • Residential Child Care Managers (since 1 November 2007)

  • Adult Care Home Managers (since 1 June 2011)

  • Domiciliary Care Managers (since 28 February 2013)

> Questions and Answers - Registration of Managers of Domiciliary Agencies onto the Register of Social Care Workers

Your qualification

To apply to register, you must hold one of the qualifications listed on the appropriate Table of Qualifications for your role. See resources on the right.

> Further Information about Your Qualification

The Rules for Registration as an Adult Care Home Manager have been amended. From February the 16th, First Level Registered Nurses will be able to apply to register with the Care Council as an Adult Care Home Manager if they hold either the NVQ level 4 in Management or the Level 5 QCF Diploma in Leadership and Management (as long as these have been obtained whilst working in a health or care setting).

The decision to change the Rules for Registration has been made in response to a recognition of the increasing nursing needs of those living in Care Homes.

This is an interim measure whilst the Care Home Steering Group established by the Health Minister determines a vision for the Care Home sector and any implications this may have for the future workforce in Wales.

Abiding by the Code of Professional Practice for Social Care

To register with the Care Council you must read and agree to abide by the Code of Professional Practice for Social Care. You will find plenty of information and resources about the Code on the Code of Professional Practice webpages.

> Code of Professional Practice for Social Care

2. Fees

Registration fees

There is an application fee to apply to register with the Care Council for Wales and an annual fee is payable each year following to remain on the Register. For further information please see our Table of Registration Fees. At the end of each three-year registration period you will be invited to renew your registration.

> Table of Registration Fees

How to pay your fee

The easiest and most convenient way to pay your application fee and annual fees is by Direct Debit. You will be covered by the Direct Debit Guarantee. You can set up a new Direct Debit, pay by credit or debit card online when you submit your application.

3. Completing the application form

To complete the application form you will need the following:

  • Your National Insurance number

  • The address of the organisation for whom you work or your business address if you are self-employed (if you are employed in social care at the time of applying) and the address where you work including the postcode

  • If you are not yet employed but have been offered a job, you can enter this information in the current employment section, with a job start date in the future

  • Your employment history from leaving school

  • Your bank details

  • Your Birth Certificate

  • Photo ID, e.g. passport, driving licence, work ID card

  • Your qualification certificate

Opening a MyCareCouncil account

To apply to register you will need to create or activate your MyCareCouncil account in order to manage your application online. You can then complete the application form straight away. The link to MyCareCouncil is at the bottom of this page and you will find instructions about how to activate or create your account in MyCareCouncil.

If you have previously been registered with the Care Council

Anybody who is applying through MyCareCouncil to return to the Register will see any data we still hold relating to your previous registration as you proceed through this application process. This will reduce the time the form will take to complete. Please ensure the information already held is correct, and make amendments as required.

What information is required

All of the information that you provide on your form must be correct to the best of your knowledge and belief. The provision of incomplete, false or misleading information may result in the Care Council refusing to register you or in removal from the Register.

The online application form will take approximately 30 minutes to complete and you can complete part of the form, save it and return at any time to continue later.

You can navigate back and forth through the various sections of the form, at any time, to check what you have entered and add additional information. If you have any questions please see the MyCareCouncil Questions and Answers or call the Registration Helpline.

When you have completed all required fields and submitted your form you are able to print a summary form showing the information you have entered, if you wish (this is recommended)

> MyCareCouncil Questions and Answers

Disciplinary and criminal offence declarations

If you have a current disciplinary record, are currently the subject of an investigation, or have a criminal record, you must enter the details requested. Please provide a brief description, date of the finding and the name of the employer, or the date the offence occurred and the name of the court/police station, as appropriate. If the Care Council requires further information we will contact you. Here you will find further information about what information is required about an applicant’s current disciplinary and criminal record

> Further Information about Criminal Offences

About your health

Any health declaration that you make will not be seen by your employer as part of your application. You will need to notify the Care Council on your application form, of any physical or mental health condition that may affect your ability to undertake your work in social care. If you declare a health condition and we require a health report, on receipt of your application we will send you a Health Report Consent Form. Here you will find further information about making a health declaration

> Further Information about Your Health

4. Endorsement

Your application must be endorsed and if you are required to send copies of your identity documents they must be verified. Full information about verifying and endorsing is set out in the guidance document below.

Endorsement of your application is required as evidence of your good character. Your endorser must be a professional individual who is not a relative and is not in a personal relationship with you.

You are asked to provide the date of your most recent criminal records (CRB/DBS) check. Your endorser should have a policy regarding frequency of CRB/DBS checking in relation to their employees.

> Care Council policy on criminal record checks

The online application form allows you to select the person who will verify your identity documents and endorse your application from a list of approved signatories at your organisation. Your chosen endorser will be able to view the information you have entered online in order to endorse your application.

If no endorser is listed for your organisation you may enter the details of a senior person manually. Please ask this person to contact the Registration Helpline. You will need to print your form and take it to them to check and sign.

If you are self-employed please read the section ‘Appropriate endorsers for self-employed applicants and registrants’ in the guidance before completing the online form. Here you will find further information about endorsing

> Verifying and Endorsing Applications Guidance

5. What documents do I need to send with my application?

When you have submitted your online application, you must send the verified copies of the documents required for your application (your birth certificate and photographic ID) to the Registration Team.

How to send documents to the Registration Team

  • You can send us files or scanned documents electronically. Scan and send the verified copies of the documents required for your application to the Care Council through MyCareCouncil, ‘My Profile’ and select ‘Upload a Document’


  • Send documents by post to the Freepost address below, with a cover letter which includes your name and address. You can print a personalised cover letter in MyCareCouncil, ‘Download a cover letter’. This will help us to link your document to your application.

You must NOT send original documents to the Care Council.

6. Your registration data

The Care Council for Wales is registered with the Information Commissioner and data supplied by you will be processed in accordance with the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998 and our data retention and deletion policy. We electronically store the information you provide which will be retained according to our data retention and deletion policy. If we close your application, or when you leave the Register, your data will be archived. By submitting your application, you consent to the processing of your personal data in the ways described in the Care Council Data Protection Statement

> Data Protection Statement

7. Enable pop-ups

To use the online application form in MyCareCouncil you will need to enable pop-ups. You need to enable pop-ups in order to use the functionality in the form such as progressing to the next page, postcode finder, sage pay.

You may see a message that pop-ups are blocked in which case you will need to enable pop-ups for MyCareCouncil. If no message appears automatically you can manage pop-up blockers in your internet browser ‘tools’ menu.

8. Apply to register as a Manager using MyCareCouncil online services

If you were previously registered with the Care Council for Wales please complete your account creation and then re-apply.

Link to MyCareCouncil previously registered


If you would like to create an account and apply to register for the first time go to:

MyCareCouncil create and account

Registration Helpline

Please contact us for help with applying to register or if you require the form in any other format:

Open: Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm


Telephone: 02920 780646

Freepost address
(no stamp required)
Registration Team
Care Council for Wales
Freepost NATW1588
PO Box 52
CF10 1BR