Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Counseling
Regulations Governing the Practice of Professional Counseling [18 VAC 115 ‑ 20]
Resident license
Action 5371
General Information
Action Summary Regulations implement the statutory mandate for issuance of a temporary license for a residency in counseling. The amendments set fees for initial and renewal of a resident license, qualifications for the issuance of a license and for its renewal, limitations on the number of times a resident may renew the temporary license, and a time limit for passage of the licensing examination. Amendments in Chapter 20 for professional counselors are duplicated in Chapter 50 for marriage and family therapists and in Chapter 60 of licensed substance abuse treatment practitioners.
Chapters Affected
  VAC Chapter Name Action Type
Primary 18 VAC 115-20 Regulations Governing the Practice of Professional Counseling Amend Existing Regulation
Other chapters
  18 VAC 115 - 50 Regulations Governing the Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy Amend Existing Regulation
  18 VAC 115 - 60 Regulations Governing the Practice of Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioners Amend Existing Regulation
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [006111]
Associated Mandates Residents in counseling
New Periodic Review This action will not be used to conduct a new periodic review.
Stages associated with this regulatory action.
Stage ID Stage Type Status
8734 Emergency/NOIRA Stage complete. Emergency regulation superseded by final permanent regulation.
8897 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 11/13/2020.
9214 Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 06/23/2021.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Jaime Hoyle  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Henrico, VA 23233
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-4406    FAX: (804)527-4435    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this board.