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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

18VAC115-30-61. Prerequisites for certification by examination for substance abuse counseling assistants.

A. Every applicant for certification as a substance abuse counseling assistant shall pass a written examination approved by the board. The board shall determine the passing score on the examination.

1. If an applicant fails to achieve a passing score within two years of board approval to sit for the examination, the applicant shall reapply according to regulations in effect at that time.

2. An applicant who has applied twice and has not passed the examination shall not be approved to retake the examination, unless the applicant can provide evidence of extenuating circumstances for failure to pass the examination within the four-year period.

B. Every applicant for examination for certification by the board shall:

1. Meet the educational and experience requirements prescribed in 18VAC115-30-62 and 18VAC115-30-63; and

2. Submit the following to the board within the timeframe established by the board:

a. A completed application form;

b. Official transcript documenting attainment of a high school diploma, a general education development (GED) certificate, or a post-secondary degree;

c. The application processing and initial certification fee;

d. Verification of all health or mental health licenses or certificates ever held in Virginia or in any other jurisdiction. In order to qualify for certification, the applicant shall have no unresolved action against a license or certificate. The board will consider the history of disciplinary action on a case-by-case basis; and

e. A current report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB).

Statutory Authority

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

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 19, Issue 18, eff. June 18, 2003; amended, Virginia Register Volume 25, Issue 26, eff. October 15, 2009; Volume 36, Issue 11, eff. February 19, 2020.

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