|(a) A provider must be approved under this section
to offer continuing education programs.
(b) A person seeking approval as a continuing education
provider shall apply using board forms and include the continuing
education provider application fee. Governmental agencies shall be
exempt from paying this fee.
(c) Entities that receive automatic status as approved
providers without applying or paying fees include accredited colleges
and universities; a national or statewide association, board or organization
representing members of the social work profession; nationally accredited
health or mental health facilities; or a person or agency approved
by any state or national organization in a related field such as medicine,
law, psychiatry, psychology, sociology, marriage and family therapy,
professional counseling, and similar fields of human service practice.
Regarding entities that receive automatic status as approved providers
under this section, the board will not provide documentation of board-approved
status nor will the board include such entities in its roster of board-approved
(d) The applicant shall certify on the application
that all programs that the provider offers for board-approved credit
hours will comply with the criteria in this section; and the provider
will be responsible for verifying attendance at each program and provide
an attendance certificate as set forth in subsection (k) of this section.
(e) A program the provider offers for board-approved
credit hours shall advance, extend, and enhance the licensees' professional
social work skills and knowledge; be developed and presented by persons
who are appropriately knowledgeable in the program's subject matter
and training techniques; specify the course objectives, course content,
teaching methods, and number of credit hours; specify the number of
credit hours in ethics and values separately and as part of the total
(f) The provider must document each program's compliance
with this section, maintaining that documentation for three years.
(g) Department staff shall review the continuing education
provider application and notify the applicant of any deficiencies
or grant approval, assigning the continuing education provider approval
number which shall be noted on all certificates.
(h) Each continuing education program shall provide
participants an evaluation instrument which may be completed on-site
or returned via the web or by mail. The provider and the instructor
shall review the evaluation outcomes and consider those outcomes in
revising subsequent programs, keeping all evaluations for three years
and allowing the board to review the evaluations on request.
(i) The provider will supply a list of subcontractors
as part of the renewal process or upon request.
(j) To maintain continuing education provider approval,
each provider shall annually apply to renew provider status and pay
(k) It is the provider's responsibility to provide
each program participant with a legible certificate of attendance
after the program ends. The certificate shall include the provider's
name, approval number, and expiration date of the provider's approved
status; the participant's name; the program title, date, and place;
the credit hours earned, including the ethics hours credited; the
provider's signature or that of the provider's representative; and
the board contact information, which shall at a minimum, include the
board's name and web address.
(l) The provider is responsible for assuring that the
licensee receives credit only for time actually spent in the program.
(m) If the provider fails to comply with these requirements,
the board, after notice to the provider and due process hearing, may
revoke the provider's approval status.
(n) The board may evaluate any provider or applicant
at any time to ensure compliance with requirements of this section.
(o) Complaints regarding continuing education programs
offered by approved providers may be submitted in writing to the executive
(p) A program offered by a provider for credit hours
in ethics shall meet the minimum course requirements for an ethics
course approved by the board.