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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 18. Professional And Occupational Licensing
Agency 115. Board of Counseling
Chapter 30. Regulations Governing the Certification of Substance Abuse Counselors and Substance Abuse Counseling Assistants

18VAC115-30-111. Continuing education requirements.

A. Certified substance abuse counselors shall be required to have completed a minimum of 10 contact hours of continuing education in substance abuse and certified substance abuse counseling assistants shall be required to have completed a minimum of five contact hours of continuing education in substance abuse prior to renewal each year.

1. Continuing education hours shall be offered by an approved provider listed in 18VAC115-30-50 A or 18VAC115-30-62 A, and the course content shall be consistent with 18VAC115-30-50 B or 18VAC115-30-62 B.

2. Attestation of completion of continuing education is not required for the first renewal following initial certification in Virginia.

B. The board may grant an extension for good cause of up to one year for the completion of continuing education requirements upon written request from the certificate holder prior to the renewal date. Such extension shall not relieve the certificate holder of the continuing education requirement.

C. The board may grant an exemption for all or part of the continuing education requirements due to circumstances beyond the control of the certificate holder such as temporary disability, mandatory military service, or officially declared disasters upon written request from the certificate holder prior to the renewal date.

D. All certificate holders are required to maintain original documentation, including official transcripts showing credit hours earned or certificates of participation, for a period of three years following renewal.

E. The board may conduct an audit of certificate holders to verify compliance with the requirement for a renewal period. Upon request, a certificate holder shall provide documentation of credit hours or participation.

F. Continuing education hours required by disciplinary order shall not be used to satisfy renewal requirements.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-2400 and 54.1-3505 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 36, Issue 11, eff. February 19, 2020.

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