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Department of Health Professions
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Board of Social Work


chapter
Regulations Governing the Practice of Social Work [18 VAC 140 ‑ 20]
Guidance Documents
Chapter Information
Description Establishes qualification for licensure, sets a schedule and fee for renewal and establishes the standard of practice for licensure of social workers.
State Authority Chapter 37 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) Complete continuing competency requirements that are reasonable but effective in assuring the public that practitioners are remaining current in professional knowledge and ethical issues.
2) Complete study of whether the non-clinical category of licensure is essential to protect the public.
Meetings See all meetings (2) relating to this chapter.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Jaime Hoyle  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23233-1463
Email Address: jaime.hoyle@dhp.virginia.gov
Telephone: (804)367-4406    FAX: (804)527-4435    TDD: ()-
Current Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Reduction in fees and elimination of supervised experience requirement for LBSW Fast-Track Governor's office review in progress.
Change in returned check fee Fast-Track Submitted to the Registrar and awaiting publication (12/23/2019).
Unprofessional conduct/practice of conversion therapy Proposed Secretary of Health and Human Resources review in progress.
Reduction in CE requirement for supervisors Fast-Track Stage withdrawn on 07/22/2019 during the public comment period.

Past Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Hours of ethics for continuing education Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 11/13/2019.
BSW and LSW licensure Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 08/08/2019.
Examination requirements Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 09/20/2018.
Definition of clinical social work services and supervision of applicant for reinstatement/reactivatn Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 02/07/2018.
Regulatory review changes Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 06/28/2017.
CE credit for volunteer practice Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 03/09/2017.
Licensure requirements Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 08/12/2016.
Fee increase and renewal cycle Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 12/30/2015.
Clinical course of study requirements
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 09/25/2013.
Regulatory reform Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 09/26/2013.
Licensure requirements Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 07/31/2013.
Clinical course of study Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 03/02/2011.
Clarification of supervision and continuing education Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 01/07/2010.
Change of addresses
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 07/01/2009.
Requirements for examination, supervision & practice standards Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 11/26/2008.
Experience and examination requirements Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 09/04/2008.
Continuing education for licensed social workers Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 07/24/2008.
Change in fee for returned check
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 02/08/2006.
Delegation of certain fact-finding proceedings to an agency subordinate Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 07/27/2005.
Periodic review Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 01/28/2004.
Fee reduction
This action is exempt from the executive branch review process.
Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 04/23/2003.
Continuing education requirements for licensure renewal Final Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 04/25/2001.

Withdrawn Actions
Action Title Latest Stage Status
Amendments to standards of practice NOIRA Stage withdrawn on 04/07/2006 after the comment period had ended.
Examination requirement NOIRA Stage withdrawn on 04/07/2006 after the comment period had ended.

Past Periodic Reviews
Date Filed Status
10/16/2012 Amend
9/1/2001 Amend