Chapter 135-9 CONTINUING EDUCATION
|(1)||Thirty five (35) clock hours of continuing education are required biennially to renew each license.|
|(2)||A minimum of five (5) of the thirty-five (35) hours shall be specifically designated as continuing education in professional ethics relating to any of the specialties of Professional Counseling, Social Work, or Marriage and Family Therapy. Ethics hours may be obtained from any of the sources listed in paragraphs (5) and (6) (a) - (d) below. Continuing education hours in professional ethics cannot be obtained through independent study, or online. Independent study is defined in paragraph (7) below.|
|(3)||Of the remaining thirty (30) hours, a minimum of fifteen (15) shall be core hours and not more than fifteen (15) shall be related hours.|
|(4)||A maximum of ten (10) hours of continuing education may be obtained online for each two-year renewal period.|
|(5)|| Core hours are continuing education hours
acquired in activities in the specialty in which the license is held; e.g. PC
core hours must reflect PC content, SW core hours must reflect SW content and
MFT core hours must reflect MFT content. Core hours may be obtained through
graduate level education, conferences, workshops, seminars, or on-line courses
approved for continuing education by organizations authorized to offer
continuing education credit. Such activities shall be sponsored, co-sponsored
or approved by:
Related hours are continuing education hours acquired in activities in a
specialty other than the one in which the license is held or in the allied
professions of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Nursing, Psychology, or Pastoral
Counseling. Related hours may be obtained from:
|(7)||Independent Study is limited to five (5) hours in activities such as: teaching a course, presenting a lecture, or conducting a workshop for the first time; listening to audiotapes; viewing videotapes; reading books or articles which may contain exit quizzes; editing or writing professional books or articles; and conducting professional research. The licensee shall submit an affidavit attesting to number of hours of independent study completed. No more than five (5) hours of continuing education shall be in independent study. Ethics hours may not be obtained through independent study, or online. Core hours may not be obtained through independent study.|
|(8)||The professional association, academic department, licensing or certification board, state, or local government agency, public school system or licensed hospital that sponsors, co-sponsors or approves the continuing education activity shall certify the number of clock hours of education content in each activity.|
|(9)||A Standards Committee may, in its discretion, accept continuing education hours obtained from sources substantially similar to those listed in (5) and (6) above.|
|(10)||No more than twenty (20) hours of continuing education shall be from any one course, workshop, or presentation. This limit does not apply to professional conferences which offer multiple presentations.|
|(11)||Any continuing education hour may be applied towards the renewal of a license in more than one specialty, provided that the continuing education hour meets the requirements set out in (5) or (6) above.|
|(12)||Continuing education hours earned in professional ethics exceeding the five required for renewal may be applied to meet requirements for core or related hours when they meet the requirements set out in (5) or (6) above.|
|(13)||If, at the Board's request, a licensee completes a peer review of an alleged violation of the law or the Board's Rules, the licensee shall satisfy the five (5) hours of continuing education required in professional ethics. Such a review must be submitted as a written report to the Board.|
|(14)||When the license is initially issued during the second year of the renewal period after October 1 of the odd numbered year the continuing education requirements are deemed, by the Board, to impose an undue hardship upon the licensee: therefore, no continuing education is required for renewal. At the next renewal cycle the licensee must comply with all continuing education requirements specified in the Board Rules, Chapter 135-9.|
Cite as Ga. Comp. R. & Regs.
Authority: O.C.G.A. §§ 43-1-25, 43-10A-5, and 43-10A-16.
Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. Sept. 5, 1989; eff. Sept. 25, 1989.
Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. Aug. 10, 1992; eff. Aug. 30, 1992.
Amended: F. Dec. 3, 1992; eff. Dec. 23, 1992.
Repealed: New Rule, same title, adopted. F. Apr. 10, 1996; eff. Apr. 30, 1996.
Amended: F. Dec. 9, 1997; eff. Dec. 29, 1997.
Amended: F. Jan. 5, 2001; eff. Jan. 25, 2001.
Amended: F. May 18, 2001; eff. June 7, 2001.
Amended: F. Aug 10, 2011; eff. Aug. 30, 2011.
Amended: F. Jan. 14, 2014; eff. Feb. 3, 2014.
|(1)||Each licensee shall maintain for three years their own record of the continuing education activities which they have completed. The Board will not maintain continuing education files for licensees.|
|(2)||Licensees shall attest, on their biennial license renewal application, that they have satisfied the continuing education requirements set out in Rule 135-9-.01. Documentation of these activities should be retained by the licensee and not sent to the Board. False attestation of satisfaction of the continuing education requirements on a renewal application shall subject the licensee to disciplinary action, including revocation.|
|(3)|| The Board
will audit a fixed percentage of the renewal applications. Licensees whose
applications are audited will be required to document their continuing
education activities. Except for independent study, such documents must be in
the form of a certificate of attendance, a statement signed by the provider
verifying participation in the activity, or an official transcript.
Documentation of independent study shall be in the form of an affidavit which
includes a description of the activity, the subject material covered, the dates
and numbers of hours involved.
Cite as Ga. Comp. R. & Regs.
Authority: O.C.G.A. Secs. 43-7A-26, 43-1-25, 43-10A-16, 43-10A-26.
Amended: F. Sept. 5, 1989; eff. Sept. 25, 1989.
Repealed: New Rule entitled "Documentation" adopted. F. Aug. 10, 1992; eff. Aug. 30, 1992.
Cite as Ga. Comp. R. & Regs.
Authority: O.C.G.A. Secs. 43-7A-26, 43-1-25, 43-10A-16.
Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. Aug. 21, 1990; eff. Sept. 10, 1990.
Repealed: F. Aug. 10, 1992; eff. Aug. 30, 1992.