Professional in Practice - Guidance for Candidates

This resource provides guidance for social workers including those who have completed their AYE to better understand how to use the PiP Framework to support their learning and development.


The Professional in Practice Framework recognises all learning both formal and informal; it offers flexibility and autonomy and it places practitioners in charge of their own professional development – supporting social workers to maintain their post registration training and learning (PRTL) and to continue to reflect, learn and develop throughout their careers.

Scroll down and click on "Open Adapt Module" to find out -

  • What is the Professional in Practice Framework?
  • What are Professional in Practice Awards?
  • How to enrol and get started?
  • Post Assessed Year in Employment and PiP
  • PIP Approved Programme Route
  • PiP Individual Assessment Route
  • PiP Credit Accumulation Route
  • PiP Work Based Learning Route

Included are videos from professionals who have undertaken Professional in Practice Awards and have benefited from engaging with the Practice in Practice Framework.

If you are unsure which programmes or routes may be for you or require further information on how the programmes/routes will help to meet your learning and development needs, please consult your PiP Agency Representative (18/10/21)

If you do not have an agency PiP Representative - you can contact the Northern Ireland Social Care Council PiP Team for more guidance and support at

If you need any help/support accessing/using these guides, please contact the Social Care Council

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Published on 18 October 2021

Republished: 17/11/21

Professional in Practice - Guidance for Candidates