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Regulations Governing the Practice of Social Work [18 VAC 140 ‑ 20]
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Chapter Information
Description Establishes qualification for licensure, sets a schedule and fee for renewal and establishes the standard of practice for licensure of social workers.
State Authority Chapter 37 of Title 54.1
Federal Authority None entered
Exempt from APA No, changes to this chapter are subject to the Administrative Process Act and the standard executive branch review process.
Text of Regulation Link to Virginia Administrative Code
Goals of Regulation 1) Complete continuing competency requirements that are reasonable but effective in assuring the public that practitioners are remaining current in professional knowledge and ethical issues.
2) Complete study of whether the non-clinical category of licensure is essential to protect the public.
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Contact Information
Name / Title: Catherine Chappell  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23233-1463
Email Address: catherine.chappell@dhp.virginia.gov
Telephone: (804)367-4406    FAX: (804)527-4435    TDD: ()-
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Fee increase and renewal cycle Proposed Submitted to the Registrar and awaiting publication (12/1/2014).

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Clinical course of study requirements Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 9/25/2013.
Regulatory reform Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 9/26/2013.
Licensure requirements Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 7/31/2013.
Clinical course of study Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 3/2/2011.
Clarification of supervision and continuing education Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 1/7/2010.
Change of addresses Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 7/1/2009.
Requirements for examination, supervision & practice standards Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 11/26/2008.
Experience and examination requirements Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 9/4/2008.
Continuing education for licensed social workers Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 7/24/2008.
Change in fee for returned check Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 2/8/2006.
Delegation of certain fact-finding proceedings to an agency subordinate Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 7/27/2005.
Periodic review Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 1/28/2004.
Fee reduction Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 4/23/2003.
Continuing education requirements for licensure renewal Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 4/25/2001.

Withdrawn Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Amendments to standards of practice NOIRA Stage withdrawn on 4/7/2006 after the comment period had ended.
Examination requirement NOIRA Stage withdrawn on 4/7/2006 after the comment period had ended.