Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Health and Human Resources
Department of Health Professions
Board of Social Work
Petition 200
Petition Information
Petition Title Continuing education requirements for supervisors
Date Filed 1/23/2014    [Transmittal Sheet]
Petitioner Carol Gauzens 
Petitioner's Request

Amendment to 18VAC140-20-50, which requires at least 14 hours of continuing education within the five years preceding provision of supervision.  Recommends an initial requirement and then two or three CEU's per renewal for those wishing to be supervisors.

Agency's Plan

 In accordance with Virginia law, the petition was filed with the Register of Regulations and will be published on February 24, 2014 with a request for comment to be received until March 24, 2014.  The petition will also be posted for comment on the Virginia Regulatory Townhall at

 At the next meeting held after the close of the comment period, scheduled for April 25, 2014, the Board will consider the petition and any comment received to decide whether or not to initiate the rule-making process.  

Comment Period Began 2/24/2014    Ended 3/24/2014
Virginia Register Announcement Submitted on 1/23/2014
The Virginia Register of Regulations
Published on: 2/24/2014     Volume: 30  Issue: 13
Agency Decision Take no action [Transmittal Sheet]    
Response Date 6/20/2014
Decision Publication Date Published on: 7/14/2014     Volume: 30  Issue: 23
Agency Decision Summary

At its meeting held on April 25, 2014, the Board considered the petition and comment received and had a robust discussion on the issue. While there was some support for a review of the regulation, the Board voted to deny the petition because members did not believe the requirement is excessively burdensome but did feel that it is necessary to ensure adequate supervision of applicants.

Members noted that the requirement equates to 2.8 hours of CE per year, all of which may be counted towards the 30 hours of CE required for licensure renewal every two years. Additionally, the changes suggested by commenters did not appear to be significantly different from the current requirement. The Board further discussed the possible need for better communication with supervisors about the requirement and the types of courses that may be beneficial.

Contact Information
Name / Title: Elaine Yeatts  / Agency Regulatory Coordinator
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Henrico, 23233
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