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
Action 4259
[Withdrawn 12/5/2019]
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.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [004181]
Associated Petitions for Rulemaking Degree program requirements to include CACREP accreditation
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
7071 NOIRA Stage withdrawn on 12/05/2019 after the comment period had ended.
7390 Proposed Stage withdrawn on 12/05/2019 after the comment period had ended.
8032 Revised Proposed Stage withdrawn on 11/03/2017 before the Secretary's office completed its review.
8521 Revised Proposed Stage withdrawn on 12/05/2019 before the Governor's office completed its review.
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.