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RULE §781.511Requirements for Continuing Education Providers

(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 providers.

(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 hours credited.

(f) The provider must document each program's compliance with this section, maintaining that documentation for three years.

(g) Commission 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 applicable fees.

(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 director.

(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.

Source Note: The provisions of this §781.511 adopted to be effective January 27, 2011, 36 TexReg 242; amended to be effective March 28, 2013, 38 TexReg 1977; amended to be effective September 19, 2019, 44 TexReg 5051

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