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RULE §140.413Counselor Intern Registration Expiration

A counselor intern's registration will expire if an applicant fails the LCDC licensure examination a fourth time or if an applicant does not complete one or more of the requirements for licensure as set forth in §140.408 of this title (relating to Requirements for LCDC Licensure) within five years from the date of registration, whichever date is earlier. In either case, the department will not issue a license. To re-register as a counselor intern after expiration of a counselor intern's registration, the individual must meet the requirements for subsequent registration set forth in this section.

  (1) An applicant whose registration has expired cannot offer or provide chemical dependency counseling services or represent himself or herself as a CI or graduate CI.

  (2) An individual whose CI registration has expired under this section may reapply for CI registration and licensure only after completing 12 semester hours or 18 quarter hours of course work at a career school or college or an accredited institution of higher education. The coursework must be related to chemical dependency counseling, psychology, sociology, counseling, mental health, behavioral science, psychiatric nursing, ethics, or rehabilitation counseling. The new application shall not be considered complete without an official college transcript documenting the required course work, a subsequent registration application form with the other items required under §140.404 of this title (relating to LCDC Licensure Application Standards and Counselor Intern Registration), and the initial LCDC application and background investigation fee. In addition, the applicant must pass the criminal history standards described in §140.431 of this title (relating to Criminal History Standards) at the time of re-registration and is subject to the applicable requirements of the following subparagraphs:

    (A) if an individual whose CI registration has expired applies to re-register within five years of the date of expiration of the individual's CI registration and the department grants the new application for CI registration, the individual must complete only the requirements for licensure that were not fulfilled during the individual's previous period of registration, and may take the examination an additional three times, if needed. The outstanding requirements for licensure must be completed within three years of the new date of registration. During this period, the applicant may provide chemical dependency counseling services as a counselor intern in accordance with the supervision requirements of this subchapter.

    (B) if an individual applies for re-registration as a CI more than five years after the individual's CI registration expired and the department grants the new application for CI registration, the applicant must complete all requirements of §140.408 of this title (relating to Requirements for LCDC licensure) during the new period of registration to become licensed, except that the applicant may rely on a qualifying degree obtained prior to the period of registration.

Source Note: The provisions of this §140.413 adopted to be effective September 9, 2008, 33 TexReg 7520; amended to be effective August 9, 2012, 37 TexReg 5788

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