|(a) Renewal. The Commission may renew an individual's
Forensic Analyst or Forensic Technician License up to 90 days before
to the expiration of the individual's two-year license term.
(b) Expiration. A Forensic Analyst or Forensic Technician
License or renewed Forensic Analyst or Forensic Technician License
expires two years from the date the initial application was granted.
(c) Effective date. A renewed Forensic Analyst or Forensic
Technician License takes effect on the date the licensee's previous
(d) Application. An applicant for a Forensic Analyst
or Forensic Technician License renewal shall complete and submit to
the Commission a current Forensic Analyst or Forensic Technician License
Renewal Application provided by the Commission, pay the required fee,
attach documentation of fulfillment of Continuing Forensic Education
requirements set forth in this section, provide an updated copy of
the Commission's Proficiency Testing Certification form signed by
the licensee's authorized laboratory representative, and complete
the mandatory online legal and professional responsibility update
described in this section.
(e) Continuing Forensic Education Including Mandatory
Legal and Professional Responsibility Update:
(1) Forensic Analyst and Forensic Technician Licensees
must complete a Commission-sponsored mandatory legal and professional
responsibility update by the expiration of each two-year license cycle
as provided by the Commission. Forensic Technicians are not required
to complete any other continuing forensic education requirements listed
in this section.
(2) Mandatory legal and professional responsibility
training topics may include training on current and past criminal
forensic legal issues, professional responsibility and human factors,
courtroom testimony, disclosure and discovery requirements under state
and federal law, and other relevant topics as designated by the Commission.
(3) All forensic analysts shall be required to satisfy
the following Continuing Forensic Education Requirements:
(A) Completion of twenty-four (24) continuing forensic
education hours per 2-year license cycle.
(B) Sixteen (16) hours of the twenty-four (24) must
be discipline-specific training, peer-reviewed journal articles, and/or
conference education hours; if a licensee is licensed in multiple
forensic disciplines, at least 8 hours of discipline-specific training
in each forensic discipline are required.
(C) The remaining eight (8) hours may be general forensic
training, peer-reviewed journal articles, and/or conference
education hours that include hours credited for the mandatory legal
and professional responsibility training.
(4) Continuing forensic education programs will be
offered and/or designated by the Commission and will consist of independent,
online trainings, readings, and participation in recognized state,
regional, and national forensic conferences and workshops.
(5) Approved continuing forensic education hours are
applied for credit on the date the program and/or training is delivered.
(f) If an applicant fails to fulfill any or all of
the requirements pertaining to license renewal, continuing forensic
education and the mandatory legal and professional responsibility
update, the applicant may apply to the Commission for special dispensation
on a form to be provided on the Commission's website. Upon approval
by the Commission, the applicant may be allowed an extension of time
to fulfill remaining continuing forensic education requirements.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §651.208 adopted to be effective May 16, 2018, 43 TexReg 3106; amended to be effective December 16, 2018, 43 TexReg 7910; amended to be effective June 9, 2019, 44 TexReg 2850; amended to be effective December 30, 2019, 44 TexReg 8336; amended to be effective August 26, 2020, 45 TexReg 5931