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Chapter 112-2 RULES FOR CERTIFICATION AND TRAINING

Rule 112-2-.01 Qualifications

A qualified coroner is a person duly elected or appointed who, except for meeting the training requirements, meets all the qualifications set forth in O.C.G.A. 45-16-1. A qualified deputy coroner is a person duly appointed who, except for meeting the training requirements, meets all the qualifications set forth in O.C.G.A. 45-16-7.

Rule 112-2-.02 Certification of Coroners

(1) A qualified coroner shall make application for certification to the Council on a form approved by the Council. Such application shall become a permanent record of the Council. It is the responsibility of the coroner to keep the information on such application current during the period of certification.
(2) A qualified coroner shall successfully complete the next scheduled class for the basic training course provided by the Georgia Police Academy no longer than 180 days after such coroner's election or appointment.
(3) Such coroner shall cause the director of the Georgia Police Academy when said coroner has satisfactorily completed the basic training course to submit to the Council a verification on form approved by the Council that such coroner has completed the training requirements.
(4) Upon receipt of a completed application and verification, the Council shall issue a certificate of training.
(5) No coroner shall charge or collect any fee, charge, or cost of any kind for his services unless such coroner is properly certified.

Rule 112-2-.03 Certification of Deputy Coroners

(1) A qualified deputy coroner shall make application for certification to the Council on a form approved by the Council. Such application shall become a permanent record of the Council. It is the responsibility of the deputy coroner to keep the information on such application current during the period of certification.
(2) A qualified deputy coroner shall successfully complete the basic training course provided by the Georgia Police Academy as soon as possible after employment, but prior to assuming the duties of a deputy coroner or coroner.
(3) Such deputy coroner shall cause the director of the Georgia Police Academy when said deputy coroner has satisfactorily completed the basic training course to submit to the Council a verification on form approved by the Council that such deputy coroner has completed the training requirements.
(4) Upon receipt of a completed application and verification, the Council shall issue a certificate of training.
(5) No deputy coroner shall charge or collect any fee, charge, or cost of any kind for his services unless such deputy coroner is properly certified.

Rule 112-2-.04 Annual Training

(1) For each calendar year following the year of Initial certification, each certified coroner and deputy coroner shall complete 24 hours of additional training in approved courses in order to maintain such certification. It is the responsibility of the coroner or deputy coroner to submit evidence of completion of the required hours of additional annual training to the Council no later than December 31 of the year that the training was required. Approved annual training shall only be attended and credit provided once during the calendar year beginning each January 1 and ending December 31.
(2) Any coroner or deputy coroner who fails to obtain the required annual training or a waiver of the required training shall not continue to serve as coroner or deputy coroner and shall subject his/her certification to withdrawal pursuant to the procedure set forth in Chapter 112-4.
(3) A coroner or deputy coroner may have the requirement of annual training waived by the Council for personal illness or other providential cause. Such coroner or deputy coroner shall request such waiver from the Council in writing no later than December 31 of the year the training was required. If the request concerns personal illness, such request must be accompanied by a certification from a duly licensed physician. Such request shall be considered by the Council at its next scheduled meeting and the Council shall notify the coroner or deputy coroner of its decision within five (5) working days following the Council meeting. For purposes of this paragraph,"personal illness" means an illness lasting greater than six (6) months, and "providential cause" means an act of God or nature. The Council may waive the annual training requirement entirely or may require such training hours to be obtained in the following year along with the annual training hours required for such year.
(4) Anyone attending a coroner's basic or in-service course, other than a coroner, coroner-elect/appointed or deputy coroner, must have written permission from the coroner of the county of residence.
(5) Annual training attended by each coroner and deputy coroner shall be sponsored by the Georgia Coroner's Training Council at least three years out of each four year term. A request may be made for alternative training not sponsored by the Georgia Coroner's Training Council only one year out of each four year term. Alternative training shall be approved 45 days in advance of the attendance date by the Georgia Coroner's Training Council. Prior to approval a syllabus shall be forwarded to the Council for review.

Rule 112-2-.05 Schools; Courses; Curriculum; Instructors

(1) The Council shall formulate and promulgate a program of instruction for coroners and deputy coroners it deems necessary, which shall be designated as the Basic Course. The Basic Course shall be of such duration as the Council may provide and shall be scheduled at least twice a year.
(2) A Basic Course shall employ performance oriented instructional methods that provide opportunities for each coroner and deputy coroner to demonstrate successful achievement of established performance objectives.
(3) Course evaluation questionnaire shall be designed to reflect performance objectives.
(4) The Council shall regularly conduct an on-site observation of Basic Course training operations at each certified school. An on-site observation shall include, but not be limited to:
(a) observation of instruction conducted.
(b) a comparison of performance objectives with actual instructional content.
(c) a comparison of lesson plan content with actual instructional content.
(d) an administrative inspection to insure compliance with all adopted regulations.
(5) The Council shall review each Basic Course to assure that the courses contain current doctrine; that instructional units selected for training are valid; that training hours established for instructional units are apportioned approximately; and that performance objectives of the courses are consistent with those skills needed for effective duty performance at the basic level.
(6) Annual training shall be any training program of an ongoing nature which usually consists of a minimum of 24 approved credit hours. This shall include seminars and courses covered in successive days.
(a) The Annual training shall be obtained in such courses approved by the Council which are directed at refreshing or updating the skills and knowledge of coroners and deputy coroners.
(b) Any coroner or deputy coroner is eligible for recognition of completion of an approved course provided that the school or sponsor maintains accurate records of attendance for submission to the Council in such form as may be prescribed.
(c) A coroner or deputy coroner may miss up to 10% of the course hours without being required to make up the time missed. In the event that a coroner or deputy coroner should miss more than 10% of the course, he/she will make up the time missed.
(7) Instructors. The Council may approve of an instructor for Basic Training and Annual training. The Council may request such information as is necessary to determine the competency of the instructor. The Council may withdraw approval of an instructor by written notification to said instructor.