Chapter 220-4 CONTINUING EDUCATION
|(1)||Beginning with applications for renewal of licenses which expire on December 31, 1991, a registered forester must have completed twelve hours of acceptable continuing education during the two-year period immediately preceding each biennial renewal date as a condition for license renewal.|
|(2)||An applicant for license renewal who has been initially licensed in Georgia as a registered forester for one year, but less than two, at the date of license expiration must have completed six hours of acceptable continuing education during the period between initial licensure and the expiration date as a condition for license renewal.|
|(3)||An applicant for license renewal who has been initially licensed in Georgia as a registered forester for less than one year at the date of license expiration will not be required to complete any hours of continuing education prior to that first license expiration date as a condition for license renewal.|
|(4)||All applicants for biennial license renewal will report having completed the continuing education required in this section as part of the application for license renewal.|
|(5)||Failure to comply with the provisions of this section will result in nonrenewal of the registered forester license. Registered foresters whose licenses have expired for non-renewal are prohibited from identifying themselves as registered foresters and practicing professional forestry.|
|(1)||Responsibility for documenting the fulfillment of the continuing education requirements provided for in this section rests with the licensee, and the licensee must retain for a period of four years the evidence to support fulfillment of the requirements. Such evidence shall include evidence of completion of each course or program, a description of the contents of each course or program, and verification of the number of hours of each course or program; or, for other activities which meet the requirements, such documentation as to ascertain their completion.|
|(2)||The Board will verify on a test basis satisfactory completion of the requirements in this section. In doing so, the Board may require licensees to submit copies of the documentation described in paragraph (1) above to the Board and may require other information as it deems necessary to decide upon the acceptability of a course or program. In cases where the Board determines that the requirements have not been met, the Board may grant an additional period of time in which the deficiencies may be corrected.|
The Board may relax or suspend the requirements of continuing education for reasons of individual hardship or health of the licensee based on the licensee's written request and accompanying supporting documentation.
|(1)||Credit Hours. Credit accrues at a rate of one hour for each hour of actual contact. This shall be known as a contact hour or clock hour. Tour or field session activities will receive credit based on actual instruction time. For providers who measure continuing education activities in "Continuing Education Units" (CEU), one CEU is defined as 10 contact hours of continuing education. Credit will not be allowed for any program which in its entirety, including question and answer periods, lasts less than thirty minutes. However, credit may be rounded down to the nearest half hour, so long as it is at least one-half hour. Credit will not be given for time spent in introductory remarks, coffee and luncheon breaks, meals, travel time for tour or field session activities or business meetings where no organized course work is presented.|
|(2)|| The Board recognizes two types of
continuing education activities:
|(3)|| Categories. The Board recognizes
continuing forestry education categories in accordance with those of the
Society of American Foresters.
Minimum continuing education requirements for biennial license renewal are a total of 12 credit hours of continuing forestry education. A maximum of 3 credit hours may be obtained in Categories 2 and 3 Foresters who have held their licenses for less than two years but more than one year, as described in 220-4-.01(2), must obtain 6 continuing education hours.
|(1)|| Category 1.
Continuing forestry education hours may be obtained from the following
providers or through independent study, so long as they conform with the
requirements set out above. Providers described in paragraphs (a), (b), and (c)
below will not require prior Board approval.
|(2)||Category 2. Standards similar to those required for Category 1 providers are expected for Category 2 providers except that the professional societies will be other than forestry related. The Board will not approve any other providers but will accept Category 2 courses approved by other state licensing boards in the appropriate specialty areas, such as engineering or geology.|