|(a) The following definition is applicable to this
subchapter only. Approved distance training is defined as fire training
where instructors and students are primarily in different locations
and content is instructed primarily using the internet or an intranet.
Courses must be interactive. Distance training that serves as nothing
more than electronic text is not acceptable. Online courses must provide
the opportunity for the student to interact or ask questions via e-mail,
chat rooms or some other method of communication. Other computer-mediated
methods of instruction may be used to enhance instruction; however,
the primary delivery method must be through the internet or an intranet.
(b) A distance training provider must seek certification
as a training facility in each discipline for which it intends to
conduct certification training for fire protection personnel.
(c) In order to become a commission approved distance
training provider, the provider must submit a completed training facility
application with supporting documentation and fees. The application
will include descriptions and addresses of where the distance training
provider will have their course delivery and materials. A distance
training provider must provide documentation of its ability to meet
all minimum requirements for each discipline for which it seeks certification.
The documentation must also identify how students and instructors
will access resources required to complete the training.
(d) A distance training provider that applies for certification
as a training facility in a discipline that includes skills training
shall comply with Subchapter A of this chapter concerning minimum
standards, facilities, apparatus, protective clothing, equipment,
and live fire training utilized to teach and test the required skills.
|Source Note: The provisions of this §427.201 adopted to be effective January 27, 2002, 27 TexReg 481; amended to be effective May 26, 2005, 30 TexReg 3033; amended to be effective March 27, 2006, 31 TexReg 2696; amended to be effective August 10, 2009, 34 TexReg 5411; amended to be effective August 31, 2011, 36 TexReg 5383; amended to be effective May 20, 2018, 43 TexReg 3103