Virginia Regulatory Town Hall

Proposed Text


Requirement for CACREP accreditation for educational programs
Stage: Proposed

18VAC115-20-49. Degree program requirements.

A. The applicant shall have completed a graduate degree from a program that prepares individuals to practice counseling, as defined in ยง 54.1-3500 of the Code of Virginia, which is offered by a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting agency and which meets the following criteria:

1. There must be a sequence of academic study with the expressed intent to prepare counselors as documented by the institution;

2. There must be an identifiable counselor training faculty and an identifiable body of students who complete that sequence of academic study; and

3. The academic unit must have clear authority and primary responsibility for the core and specialty areas.

B. After (date of seven years from the effective date of the regulation), Programs only programs that are approved by CACREP or CORE [ or any other accrediting body acceptable to the board ] are recognized as meeting the requirements of subsection A of this section.

[ C. An applicant who did not graduate from an accredited counseling program as specified in subsection B may qualify for licensure by examination by providing documentation of the Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor credential from the National Board for Certified Counselors or another national credential or certification recognized by the board. ]