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RULE §402.103Training Program

(a) Definitions. The following words and terms, when used in this section, shall have the following meanings.

  (1) On-line training course--A training course developed by the Commission that is accessible on the Commission's website and may be taken at any time.

  (2) On-site training course--A training course conducted by a Commission employee held at a specified date, time, and location.

  (3) Primary training course--Comprehensive initial training required for all individuals who have never held a valid certificate of completion.

  (4) Continuing education course--Refresher training for individuals who have held a valid certificate of completion.

  (5) Certificate of completion--Documentation issued by the Commission certifying an individual's completion of the training program that is valid for two years.

(b) Training format. The training program is offered in two formats--on-site and on-line. Individuals may choose an on-site or on-line training course.

(c) Required training.

  (1) At all times the bingo chairperson and a designated agent of a unit must have a valid certificate of completion for the training program unless the organization is a member of a unit that designates a unit manager under §2001.437 of the Bingo Enabling Act. A designated unit manager must have a valid certificate of completion for the training program.

  (2) All individuals listed in paragraph (1) of this subsection who have not previously been issued a certificate of completion are required to take the primary training course.

  (3) Subsequent training requirements may be met by taking either a primary or continuing education training course.

  (4) As part of the terms of a Commission order, the Commission may direct one or more members of a licensed authorized organization to complete the primary or continuing education training course within a specified timeframe, regardless of whether or not the individual(s) has a valid certificate of completion.

(d) Optional training. Other individuals including operators, officers, directors, or members of a licensed authorized organization may take a training course.

(e) Content of the primary training course. The primary training course covers, at a minimum, the following areas:

  (1) Overview of the Bingo Enabling Act and Charitable Bingo Administrative Rules;

  (2) Conducting a bingo game;

  (3) Record keeping requirements;

  (4) Administration and operation of charitable bingo;

  (5) Promotion of a bingo game;

  (6) Bingo Advisory Committee; and

  (7) General information about the license application process.

(f) On-site training course.

  (1) Notice of the specified date, time and location of scheduled on-site training courses will be posted on the Commission's website.

  (2) A person attending an on-site training course should pre-register by:

    (A) completing an electronic submission form prescribed by the Commission located on the Commission's website; or

    (B) telephoning the Commission's headquarters location and providing the information requested on the form prescribed by the Commission.

  (3) To confirm attendance, each individual attending a training course must sign the attendance sheet provided by the Commission at the training course.

  (4) A person must attend a complete course to receive a certificate of completion.

  (5) The Commission instructor has discretionary authority to determine whether a person has attended a complete course in order to receive the certificate of completion.

  (6) All reasonable and necessary expenses or costs of attendance by any member of the licensed authorized organization may be paid from the licensed authorized organization's bingo bank account. Expenses and costs are limited to travel, lodging, meals, and materials.

  (7) In the event the Charitable Bingo Operations Division cancels the on-site training, reasonable effort will be made to notify persons who have pre-registered.

(g) On-line training course. Persons taking the on-line training course must:

  (1) complete the training modules as specified on the Commission's website; and

  (2) obtain a certificate of completion through the automated program on the website.

Source Note: The provisions of this §402.103 adopted to be effective February 10, 2009, 34 TexReg 809; amended to be effective January 28, 2010, 35 TexReg 480; amended to be effective September 13, 2012, 37 TexReg 7088; amended to be effective August 1, 2016, 41 TexReg 5505

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