Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Social Work
Petition 166
Petition Information
Petition Title Changes to licensure by endorsement
Date Filed 4/12/2012    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner Sarah Carter 
Petitioner's Request

To amend regulations for licensure by endorsement to allow social workers from other jurisdictions to provide "verification of active practice in another jurisdiction for 36 out of the past 60 months;" or verification of active practice in another jurisdiction for 36 months at any time, plus verification that the applicant has completed 30 contact hours of continuing education in the 12 months preceding the application for licensure.

Agency's Plan


In accordance with Virginia law, the petition was filed with the Register of Regulations and will be published on May 7, 2102 with a request for comment to be received until June 1, 2012.  The petition is also posted for comment on the Virginia Regulatory Townhall at At the next meeting held after the close of the comment period, scheduled for July 20, 2012, the Board of Social Work will consider the petition and any comment received to decide whether or not to initiate the rule-making process. Should the Board decide to respond by initiating regulatory action, the regulatory process typically takes at least 24 months to complete. 
Comment Period Began 5/7/2012    Ended 6/1/2012
Virginia Register Announcement Submitted on 4/12/2012
The Virginia Register of Regulations
Published on: 5/7/2012     Volume: 28  Issue: 18
Agency Decision Take no action [Transmittal Sheet]    
Response Date 7/20/2012
Decision Publication Date Published on: 8/13/2012     Volume: 28  Issue: 25
Agency Decision Summary


At its meeting on July 20, 2012, the Board considered the petition and comments. Rather than initiating a new regulatory action, which would necessitate a lengthy process, the Board decided to consider the request during the comment period on the proposed regulations that are currently under review in the Governor’s office. Since section 45 on licensure by endorsement has already been amended in the proposal, it would be possible for the Board to further amend that section during the adoption of a final regulation. 

Contact Information
Name / Title: Elaine J. Yeatts  / Agency Regulatory Coordinator
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 300
Richmond, 23233
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