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Department of Health Professions
Board
Board of Counseling


chapter
Regulations Governing the Practice of Professional Counseling [18 VAC 115 ‑ 20]
Guidance Documents
Chapter Information
Description Establishes the qualifications for licensure, the requirements for renewal, and the standards of practice for licensed professional counselors.
State Authority Chapter 35 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) Achieve completion of study of need for training for supervisors.

2) Provide for inactive licensure.

3) Provide greater consistency among rules that are common to all professions regulated by the board.
Meetings See all meetings (11) relating to this chapter.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Jaime Hoyle  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23233
Email Address: jaime.hoyle@dhp.virginia.gov
Telephone: (804)367-4406    FAX: (804)527-4435    TDD: ()-
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Unprofessional conduct - conversion therapy Proposed DPB review in progress.
Resident license Emergency/NOIRA Governor's office review in progress.
Periodic review NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 09/18/2019.
Requirement for CACREP accreditation for educational programs Proposed Governor's office review in progress.
Credential review for foreign graduates Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 09/20/2019.

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Acceptance of doctoral practicum/internship hours towards residency requirements Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/16/2019.
Exemption from CE requirement for new licensees Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 12/28/2017.
Fee increase Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 02/08/2017.
CE for volunteer service Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 03/09/2017.
Periodic review Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 08/24/2016.
Regulatory reform changes Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 07/03/2014.
Fee reduction
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 04/14/2010.
Electronic submission of applications and renewals
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/14/2009.
Addition of AAPC to list of approved providers of CE and supervisor training Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 11/12/2009.
Change of address
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 08/05/2009.
Clarification of endorsement and reporting requirements Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 07/23/2009.
Requirements for residency; endorsement portability Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 09/03/2008.
Amendment to standard of conduct
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 07/25/2007.
Fee reduction
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 04/18/2007.
Reduction in renewal fee; conforming returned check fee to law
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 04/19/2006.
Name change of credentialing organization
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 03/22/2006.
Fee reduction
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 01/14/2006.
Consistency in standards of practice Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 01/11/2006.
Continuing competency Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 09/08/2004.
Amendments to regulations pursuant to Executive Order 15 (94) to clarify and simplify the regulations and reduce the burden on the public. Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 04/12/2000.
Fee increase Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 04/12/2000.

Withdrawn Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Periodic review 11 NOIRA Stage withdrawn on 03/12/2014 after the comment period had ended.
Portability of licensure NOIRA Stage withdrawn on 01/24/2007 after the comment period had ended.
Name change on credentialing organization Fast-Track Stage withdrawn on 01/31/2006 before DPB completed its review.
Periodic review pursuant to Executive Order 25 NOIRA Stage withdrawn on 06/19/2003 before the Governor's office completed its review.
Periodic review pursuant to Executive Order 25

Past Periodic Reviews
Date Filed Status
7/5/2018 Amend
10/16/2012 Amend
4/19/2011 Retain As Is
1/1/2001 Amend