|(a) Credit hours for courses are determined by the
methods set forth in paragraphs (1) - (7) of this subsection:
(1) TDI will award credit for certified classroom courses
at the rate of one hour for every 50 minutes of actual instruction
contact time. All classroom courses must be at least one hour of credit
in length. TDI will award credit for additional partial hours of instruction
contact time in half-hour increments with all periods of less than
25 minutes being awarded no additional credit and periods of less
than 50 minutes being awarded one half-hour of additional credit.
Instruction contact time is considered the amount of time devoted
to the actual course instruction and does not include breaks, lunch,
dinner, introductions of speakers, explanatory or preparatory instructions,
or evaluation of the course. TDI will not certify more than 24 credit
hours for any one classroom course.
(2) TDI will award credit for certified classroom equivalent
and self study courses as set forth in subparagraphs (A) - (D) of
(A) The provider must determine the number of course
hours by using either of the methods set forth in clauses (i) or (ii)
of this subparagraph.
(i) The provider may determine the number of course
hours by calculating the average completion time of the individual
course completion times of at least five licensees. If the provider
uses this method to determine the number of credit hours, the provider
must retain the names, current insurance license numbers, and completion
times of all licensees that were used by the provider. A provider
using this method may, at its discretion, issue certificates of completion
in the number of hours certified by TDI to the licensees involved
in the process and who completed the entire course.
(ii) The provider may determine the number of course
hours by calculating the average number of hours of the credit hours
assigned by all other states in which the course is certified or approved.
A provider may not use this method to determine the number of credit
hours unless the course is approved in at least three other states.
Providers may not include any hours allowed by other states for sales
and marketing topics in calculating the average.
(B) All classroom equivalent and self study courses
must be at least one hour of credit, 50 minutes, in length. TDI will
award additional partial credit hours in half-hour increments with
all periods of less than 25 minutes being awarded no additional credit
and periods of less than 50 minutes being awarded one half-hour of
(C) Providers may not use the final examination and
pre-tests for determining course hours or calculating an average.
(D) TDI will not certify more than 24 credit hours
for any one classroom equivalent course or 12 credit hours for any
one self study course.
(3) TDI will grant continuing education classroom credit
to licensees successfully completing qualifying college, law school,
and university insurance classroom courses, as determined by the college,
law school, or university. The number of classroom hours of continuing
education credit for college, law school, and university insurance
courses is the number of classroom instruction contact hours not including
examinations, which may be no more than 24 credit hours per course.
(4) TDI will grant 12 self study credit hours to licensees
successfully passing qualifying national designation certification
program examinations. Should the licensee also participate in and
successfully complete a certified or qualifying classroom or classroom
equivalent course in preparation for the national designation certification
program examination, the licensee must choose either the classroom
presentation or the national designation certification program examination
to count as credit towards the licensee's continuing education requirement.
(5) Licensees who teach any portion of a certified
continuing education classroom course may receive hour for hour classroom
credit up to the maximum number of credit hours for the course. Licensees
who teach courses may also be awarded an equal number of self study
hours as credit for course preparation.
(6) TDI will grant continuing education classroom credit
to licensees successfully completing qualifying courses certified
or approved for classroom, classroom equivalent, or participatory
credit by the continuing education authority of a state bar association
or state board of public accountancy on an hour for hour basis equal
to the credit hours assigned to the course by the certifying state
bar association or state board of public accountancy. The state bar
association or state board of public accountancy must determine what
constitutes successful completion of the course. TDI will not grant
licensees self study credit for any course accepted by a state bar
association or state board of public accountancy unless the self study
course is offered through a registered provider in accordance with
(7) TDI will grant licensees continuing education credit
for successfully completing courses certified or approved by the Federal
Farm Credit Insurance Corporation on an hour for hour basis as assigned
by the Farm Credit Insurance Corporation. The Farm Credit Insurance
Corporation must determine what constitutes successful completion
of the course.
(b) A provider must not issue certificates of completion
to a licensee for partial credit of any course, except to an instructor
teaching a portion of the course and who does not attend the full
(c) A licensee may not receive credit for teaching
or completing the same continuing education course more than once
within the same reporting period for compliance with the continuing
(d) Providers may advertise and link courses as parts
of a whole curriculum, but providers may not require a licensee to
purchase more than one continuing education course to receive the
credit hours approved for a single course.