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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]
Credential review for foreign graduates
General Information
Action Summary The goal of the planned regulatory action to provide a pathway for foreign-trained graduates in counseling to obtain licensure as a professional counselor in Virginia. The Board intends to adopt language similar to psychology, which provides that graduates of programs that are not within the United States or Canada can qualify for licensure if they can provide documentation from an acceptable credential evaluation service that allows the board to determine if the program meets the requirements set forth in the regulation.
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
  18 VAC 115 - 60 Regulations Governing the Licensure of Substance Abuse Practitioners
Exempt from APA No, this action is not exempt from Article II of the APA and executive branch review.
RIS Project Yes  [005643]
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
8338 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 10/17/2018.
8461 Proposed Stage complete. Comment period ended 09/20/2019.
8831 Final Submitted to the Registrar and awaiting publication (02/03/2020).
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.