All About WVBEC

About WVBEC in West Virginia

The West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling is the licensing and regulatory authority for professional counselors in West Virginia. The Board’s primary mission is to enforce licensure rules and ethical standards for professional counselors and therapists to protect and promote public health and welfare. This Board evaluates applicants for professional counselor and therapist licensure, issues professional counselor and therapists licenses, annually renews professional counselors and therapists licenses, grants approval for Approved Licensed Professional Supervisors (ALPS), approves continuing education providers and programs, receives and investigates consumer complaints regarding professional counselors and therapists, and levels disciplinary actions against professional counselors and therapists who are found to have violated state law or rules relating to the professional counselor license.
The Board of Examiners in Counseling was created by Acts, Chapter 138, Regular Session, 1986. The Board consists of seven members appointed by the Governor. The members include two counselor educators engaged in teaching counseling at an accredited institution of higher education, three practicing counselors, one practicing marriage and family therapist, and one individual that represents the public.

2021 Board Meeting Dates

  • February 12, 2021 – Via Zoom
  • April 16, 2021 – Via Zoom
  • May 21, 2021 – Via Zoom
  • July 30, 2021 – Via Zoom
  • October 1, 2021 – Via Zoom
  • December 3, 2021 – Via Zoom
Please note, if you wish to submit documents for Board review, the deadline is ten (10) business days before the scheduled meeting date.
Formal and electronic meetings begin at 10:00 a.m. and are typically held at the Board office located in Charleston, WV. To confirm the meeting information, please call 304-558-5494 thirty (30) days prior to the scheduled meeting date.
Purpose of Board meetings: To approve licensure of professional counselors and marriage and family therapists, review disciplinary matters and the Board’s fiscal status, approve previous meeting minutes and to discuss other business pertinent to the Board. Portions of the meeting that discuss complaints and disciplinary actions are closed to the public. Meeting agendas are available three (3) business days before the meeting; please contact the Board office for access.

Credentialing Committee Meetings

File materials presented at the Credentialing Committee meetings must be received in the Board office ten (10) business days before the scheduled meeting date.
Please allow seven (7) to ten (10) business days following the official Board meeting to receive notification of the Board’s approvals and or findings.
For more information, please review the information provided in “Becoming a Licensed Counselor or Therapist” tab.

Executive Order 23-20

Executive Order 23-20 expired as of June 30, 2021. If you were granted temporary permission to provide counseling services on or before that date, you must cease providing services in the state of West Virginia. To continue providing services, you will need to apply for full licensure by submitting an applicable Endorsement Application.

Board Minutes