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Virginia Administrative Code
Title 18. Professional And Occupational Licensing

18VAC120. Department of Professional And Occupational Regulation




Various separate licensing boards, each authorized to regulate the practice of one or more professions or occupations, are placed within the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation for administrative purposes. For each regulatory board, the director of the department acts as secretary and administrative officer, maintains all records, collects and accounts for all fees, and enforces all applicable laws and regulations. Code of Virginia, Title 54.1, Chapter 3. See the separate listings for these boards in this title under Architects, Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, Certified Interior Designers and Landscape Architects; Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors; Auctioneers; Barbers and Cosmetology; Branch Pilots; Cemetery; Common Interest Community; Contractors; Fair Housing; Hearing Aid Specialists and Opticians; Real Estate Appraiser; Real Estate; Professional Soil Scientists, Wetland Professionals, and Geologists; Waste Management Facility Operators; and Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators and Onsite Sewage System Professionals.

Each of these regulatory boards is authorized to (i) establish the qualifications of applicants for certification or licensure; (ii) examine, or cause to be examined, the qualifications of each applicant, including when necessary the preparation, administration and grading of examinations; (iii) certify or license qualified applicants as practitioners; (iv) levy and collect fees; (v) promulgate regulations necessary to ensure continued competency, to prevent deceptive or misleading practices by practitioners, and to effectively administer the regulatory system administered by the board; (vi) ensure that inspections are conducted relating to the practice of each practitioner certified or licensed by the board; (vii) revoke, suspend or fail to renew a certificate or license for just causes as enumerated in regulations of the board; (viii) receive complaints concerning the conduct of any person whose activities are regulated by the board; (ix) provide a respondent in a disciplinary case with notice of his due process rights; and (x) promulgate canons of ethics under which the professional activities of persons regulated shall be conducted. Code of Virginia, Title 54.1, Chapter 2.

In addition to its functions concerned with separate regulatory boards, the department is authorized to make regulations for (i) the licensing of boxing, martial arts, or professional wrestling events and those persons involved in such events as a promoter, matchmaker, trainer, boxer, martial artist or wrestler, as well as the authorization of approved sanctioning organizations to oversee amateur martial arts events and their participants (Code of Virginia, Title 54.1, Chapter 8.1) ; (ii) the licensing of polygraph examiners and the approval of schools in which courses of instruction in the detection of deception are taught (Code of Virginia, Title 54.1, Chapter 18); and (iii) the certification of natural gas automobile mechanics and technicians (Code of Virginia, Title 54.1, Chapter 23.4).


The department operates under the supervision of the Secretary of Commerce and Trade. Regulations are available from the department's offices at 9960 Mayland Drive, Suite 400, Richmond, VA 23233. Internet address:

Rev. 09/2018


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