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to the concepts being taught.
(B) Instruction records shall be maintained by the
course provider and instructor trainer for each instructor trainee
and shall be available for inspection by authorized department representatives
at any time during the training period and/or for license investigation
purposes. The instruction record shall include the trainee's name,
address, driver's license number, and other pertinent data; the name
and instructor license number of the person conducting the training;
and the dates of instruction, lesson time, and subject taught during
each instruction period. Each record shall also include grades or
other means of indicating the trainee's aptitude and development.
Upon satisfactory completion of the training course the instructor
trainer conducting the training will certify one copy of the instruction
record for attachment to the trainee's application for licensing and
one copy will be maintained in a permanent file at the course provider
(C) All student instruction records submitted for the
department approved specialized driving safety instructor development
course shall be signed by the course provider. Original documents
shall be submitted.
(D) Specialized driving safety instructor development
courses including the practical-teaching portion of the instructor
development course shall be offered at approved classroom facilities
of a licensed school. A licensed instructor trainer shall present
(E) Applicants shall complete 28 hours of training
in the specialized driving safety curriculum that shall be taught.
Of the 28 hours, 16 hours shall cover techniques of instruction and
in-depth familiarization with materials contained in the specialized
driving safety curriculum. The additional 12 hours shall consist of
practical teaching with students and shall occur after the first 24
hours have been completed.
(3) Continuing education courses.
(A) Each course provider will be responsible for receiving
an approval for a minimum of a two-hour continuing education course.
Each instructor currently endorsed to teach the course must attend
the approved continuing education course conducted by the course provider.
(B) The request for course approval shall contain the
(i) a description of the plan by which the course will
(ii) the subject of each unit;
(iii) the instructional objectives of each unit;
(iv) time to be dedicated to each unit;
(v) instructional resources for each unit, including
names or titles of presenters and facilitators;
(vi) any information that the department mandates to
ensure quality of the education being provided; and
(vii) a plan by which the course provider will monitor
and ensure attendance and completion of the course by the instructions
within the guidelines set forth in the course.
(C) A continuing education course may be approved if
the department determines that:
(i) the course constitutes an organized program of
learning that enhances the instructional skills, methods, or knowledge
of the specialized driving safety instructor;
(ii) the course pertains to subject matters that relate
directly to driving safety or specialized safety instruction, instruction
techniques, or driving safety-related subjects;
(iii) the entire course has been designed, planned,
and organized by the course provider. The course provider shall use
licensed driving safety or specialized driving safety instructors
to provide instruction or other individuals with recognized experience
or expertise in the area of driving safety or specialized driving
safety instruction or driving safety-related subject matters. Evidence
of the individuals' experience or expertise may be requested by the
(iv) the course contains updates or approved revisions
to the specialized driving safety course curriculum, policies or procedures,
and/or any changes to the course, that are affected by changes in
traffic laws or statistical data; and
(v) the department determines that any technology used
to present a continuing education course meets reasonable standards
for determining attendance, security, and testing.
(b) Course providers shall submit documentation on
behalf of schools applying for approval of additional courses after
the original approval has been granted. The documents shall be designated
by the department and include the appropriate fee. Courses shall be
approved before soliciting students, advertising, or conducting classes.
An approval for an additional course shall not be granted if the school's
compliance is in question at the time of application.
(c) If an approved course is discontinued, the department
shall be notified within five days of discontinuance and furnished
with the names and addresses of any students who could not complete
the course because it was discontinued. If the school does not make
arrangements satisfactory to the students and the department for the
completion of the courses, the full amount of all tuition and fees
paid by the students are due and refundable. If arrangements are not
made satisfactory to the students and the department, the refunds
must be made no later than thirty (30) days after the course was discontinued.
Any course discontinued shall be removed from the list of approved
(d) If, upon review and consideration of an original,
renewal, or amended application for course approval, the department
determines that the applicant does not meet the legal requirements,
the department shall notify the applicant, setting forth the reasons
for denial in writing.
(e) The department may revoke approval of any course
given to a course owner, provider, or school under any of the following
(1) Any information contained in the application for
the course approval is found to be untrue.
(2) The school has failed to maintain the faculty,
facilities, equipment, or courses of study on the basis of which approval
(3) The school and/or course provider has been found
to be in violation of the Code, and/or this chapter.
(4) The course has been found to be ineffective in
meeting the educational objectives set forth in subsection (a)(1)(A).
|Source Note: The provisions of this §84.503 adopted to be effective April 1, 2017, 42 TexReg 1400; amended to be effective March 15, 2018, 43 TexReg 1431; amended to be effective July 1, 2018, 43 TexReg 3875; amended to be effective September 1, 2020, 45 TexReg 6069; amended to be effective September 1, 2021, 46 TexReg 5394; amended to be effective May 1, 2022, 47 TexReg 2522