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H.B. 174 Enrolled
8 LONG TITLE
9 General Description:
10 This bill provides for the licensing of vocational rehabilitation counselors by the
11 Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing.
12 Highlighted Provisions:
13 This bill:
14 . enacts the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors Licensing Act;
15 . provides definitions regarding a licensed vocational rehabilitation counselor and
16 the practice of providing vocational rehabilitation services;
17 . creates the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors Licensing Board and provides for
18 its duties and responsibilities;
19 . provides for licensing qualifications, for licensure by credential, for the term of the
20 license and its renewal, and for exemptions from licensure;
21 . provides grounds for the denial, suspension, or revocation of a license or
22 restrictions placed on a license issued under the act; and
23 . defines unlawful and unprofessional conduct as related to licensed vocational
24 rehabilitation counselors.
25 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
27 Other Special Clauses:
29 Utah Code Sections Affected:
31 58-78-101, Utah Code Annotated 1953
32 58-78-102, Utah Code Annotated 1953
33 58-78-201, Utah Code Annotated 1953
34 58-78-301, Utah Code Annotated 1953
35 58-78-302, Utah Code Annotated 1953
36 58-78-303, Utah Code Annotated 1953
37 58-78-304, Utah Code Annotated 1953
38 58-78-401, Utah Code Annotated 1953
39 58-78-501, Utah Code Annotated 1953
40 58-78-502, Utah Code Annotated 1953
42 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
43 Section 1. Section 58-78-101 is enacted to read:
47 58-78-101. Title.
48 This chapter is known as the "Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors Licensing Act."
49 Section 2. Section 58-78-102 is enacted to read:
50 58-78-102. Definitions.
51 In addition to the definitions in Section 58-1-102 , as used in this chapter:
52 (1) "Board" means the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors Licensing Board created
53 in Section 58-78-201 .
54 (2) "Licensed vocational rehabilitation counselor" means an individual licensed under
55 this chapter who is engaged in the practice of providing vocational rehabilitation services.
56 (3) "Practice of providing vocational rehabilitation services" means rendering or
57 offering to an individual, group, organization, or the general public vocational rehabilitation
59 (a) in public or private practice;
60 (b) for compensation; and
61 (c) involving the application of principles, methods, or procedures of the vocational
62 rehabilitation counseling profession, which include:
63 (i) vocational assessment;
64 (ii) vocational rehabilitation counseling and guidance;
65 (iii) vocational and other training services;
66 (iv) self-employment plans;
67 (v) job analysis; and
68 (vi) job placement.
69 Section 3. Section 58-78-201 is enacted to read:
71 58-78-201. Board.
72 (1) There is created the Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors Licensing Board
73 consisting of four licensed vocational rehabilitation counselors and one individual
74 representing the general public.
75 (2) The board shall be appointed and serve in accordance with Section 58-1-201 .
76 (3) (a) The duties and responsibilities of the board shall be in accordance with
77 Sections 58-1-202 and 58-1-203 .
78 (b) The board may also designate one of its members on a rotating or permanent basis
80 (i) assist the division in reviewing complaints concerning unlawful or unprofessional
81 conduct of a licensee; and
82 (ii) advise the division in its investigation of these complaints.
83 (4) A board member who has, under Subsection (3), reviewed a complaint or advised
84 in its investigation may be disqualified from participating with the board when the board
85 serves as a presiding officer in an adjudicative proceeding concerning that complaint.
86 Section 4. Section 58-78-301 is enacted to read:
88 58-78-301. License required.
89 (1) Beginning January 1, 2010, and except as provided in Sections 58-1-307 and
90 58-78-304 , a license is required to engage in the practice of vocational rehabilitation
92 (2) The division shall issue to an individual who qualifies under this chapter a license
93 to practice vocational rehabilitation counseling.
94 Section 5. Section 58-78-302 is enacted to read:
95 58-78-302. Qualifications for licensure -- Licensure by credential.
96 (1) Except as provided in Subsection (4), an applicant for licensure as a vocational
97 rehabilitation counselor under this chapter shall:
98 (a) submit an application in a form as prescribed by the division;
99 (b) pay a fee determined by the department under Section 63J-1-303 to recover the
100 costs of administering licensing requirements relating to vocational rehabilitation counselors;
101 (c) be of good moral character;
102 (d) provide satisfactory evidence of having earned a master's degree in rehabilitation
103 counseling or a related field;
104 (e) provide satisfactory evidence of having 4,000 hours of disability related work
105 experience under the supervision of a licensed vocational rehabilitation counselor, except as
106 otherwise provided in Subsection (2); and
107 (f) after January 1, 2011, meet the examination requirement established by rule by the
108 division in collaboration with the board.
109 (2) Beginning January 1, 2010, and ending December 31, 2010, an applicant is not
110 required to verify that the 4,000 hours of work experience required under Subsection (1)(e)
111 was done under the supervision of a vocational rehabilitation counselor licensed under this
113 (3) An applicant may satisfy the requirement of Subsection (1)(d) if, prior to January
114 1, 2011, the applicant provides satisfactory evidence of:
115 (a) having earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution;
116 (b) at least ten years experience in vocational rehabilitation counseling or a disability
117 related field;
118 (c) currently practicing vocational rehabilitation counseling in Utah; and
119 (d) holding a national certification as a:
120 (i) Certified Rehabilitation Counselor;
121 (ii) Certified Vocational Evaluator; or
122 (iii) Certified Disability Management Specialist.
123 (4) The division may issue a license under this chapter to an individual who is
124 licensed in another state or jurisdiction to practice vocational rehabilitation counseling if the
125 division finds that the other state or jurisdiction has substantially the same or higher licensure
126 requirements as this state.
127 Section 6. Section 58-78-303 is enacted to read:
128 58-78-303. Term of license -- Expiration -- Renewal.
129 (1) The division shall issue each license under this chapter in accordance with an
130 annual renewal cycle established by rule.
131 (2) Each license automatically expires on the expiration date shown on the license
132 unless renewed by the licensee in accordance with Section 58-1-308 .
133 (3) Each person holding a license under this chapter as a vocational rehabilitation
134 counselor shall complete in each period of licensure a program of qualifying continuing
135 professional education in accordance with standards defined by rule.
136 Section 7. Section 58-78-304 is enacted to read:
137 58-78-304. Exemption from licensure.
138 In addition to the exemptions from licensure in Section 58-1-307 , the following may
139 engage in the practice of vocational rehabilitation counseling subject to the stated
140 circumstances and limitations, without being licensed under this chapter if they do not use the
141 title of vocational rehabilitation counselor or are not directly represented or held out to the
142 public to be legally qualified to engage in the practice of vocational rehabilitation counseling
143 before the public in this state:
144 (1) an individual employed or supervised by a licensed vocational rehabilitation
145 counselor while carrying out specific tasks under the licensee's supervision; and
146 (2) a priest, rabbi, or minister of the gospel of any religious denomination.
147 Section 8. Section 58-78-401 is enacted to read:
149 58-78-401. Grounds for denial of license -- Disciplinary proceedings.
150 Grounds for the division to refuse to issue a license to an applicant under this chapter,
151 to refuse to renew the license of a licensee, to revoke, suspend, restrict, or place on probation
152 the license of a licensee, to issue a public or private reprimand to a licensee, and to issue a
153 cease and desist order to a licensee shall be in accordance with Section 58-1-401 .
154 Section 9. Section 58-78-501 is enacted to read:
156 58-78-501. Unlawful conduct.
157 In addition to the definition in Section 58-1-501 , "unlawful conduct" includes using
158 the title "vocational rehabilitation counselor" or any other title or designation tending to
159 indicate that the individual is a vocational rehabilitation counselor unless the individual has a
160 current license as a vocational rehabilitation counselor issued under this chapter.
161 Section 10. Section 58-78-502 is enacted to read:
162 58-78-502. Unprofessional conduct.
163 "Unprofessional conduct" includes, in addition to the definition in Section 58-1-501
164 and as may be further defined by rule, engaging in an act or practice in a professional capacity
165 which the licensee is not competent to perform through training or experience.
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