Virginia Regulatory Town Hall
Department of Health Professions
Board of Social Work
Regulations Governing the Practice of Social Work [18 VAC 140 ‑ 20]
Acceptance of state examinations
Action 5792
General Information
Action Summary The Board is considering an amendment to licensure by endorsement that would allow acceptance of a state examination rather than the national examination, which is currently required for licensure in Virginia. A state examination would be acceptable only if another U. S. jurisdiction did not require the national examination at the time the social worker was initially licensed and if the examination was deemed to be a comparable level for the license being sought.
Chapters Affected Only affects this chapter.
Executive Branch Review This action will go through the normal Executive Branch Review process.
RIS Project Yes  [7043]
Associated Petitions for Rulemaking Deletion of requirement for passage of exam for endorsement
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
9358 NOIRA Stage complete. Comment period ended 02/02/2022.
9556 Fast-Track Stage complete. This regulation became effective on 10/27/2022.
Contact Information
Name / Title: Jaime Hoyle  / Executive Director
Address: 9960 Mayland Drive
Suite 300
Richmond, VA 23233-1463
Email Address:
Phone: (804)367-4406    FAX: (804)527-4435    TDD: ()-

This person is the primary contact for this chapter.