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Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
Regulations Governing the Practice of Professional Counseling [18 VAC 115 ‑ 20]
Requirement for CACREP accreditation for educational programs
General Information
Action Summary In response to a petition for rulemaking, the Board is publishing a Notice of Intended Regulatory Action to add a requirement for all counseling programs leading to a license as a professional counselor to be clinically-focused and accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) or an approved affiliate, such as the Council on Rehabilitation Education (CORE). This would be a phased-in requirement, allowing seven years from the effective date for students to complete their education in a non-CACREP program and for programs to achieve accreditation standards.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Exempt from APA No, this action is subject to the Administrative Process Act and the standard executive branch review process.
RIS Project Yes  [004181]
Associated Petitions for Rulemaking Degree program requirements to include CACREP accreditation
Note This action is not intended to satisfy the requirement that an entire regulation be reviewed every 4 years.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
7071 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 7/1/2015.
7390 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 7/14/2017.
8032 Revised Proposed Stage withdrawn on 11/3/2017 before the Secretary's office completed its review.
8521 Revised Proposed Secretary of Health and Human Resources review in progress.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Jaime Hoyle  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23233
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-4406    FAX: (804)527-4435    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this board.