|(a) An LCDC license issued under this subchapter is
valid until the expiration date printed on the license, which is calculated
on a two-year renewal cycle from the date of original licensure. The
licensee is responsible for renewing the license in a timely manner.
The department will send the licensee a renewal notice, but failure
to receive notice from the department does not waive or extend renewal
(b) To renew a license, the LCDC shall:
(1) send a complete renewal application to the department;
(2) pay the renewal and renewal application fees as
set forth in §140.403 of this title (relating to Fees);
(3) meet the criminal history standards described in §140.431
of this title (relating to Criminal History Standards); and
(4) complete all required continuing education as described
in §140.418 of this title (relating to Continuing Education Standards).
(c) An LCDC who is otherwise eligible to renew a license
may renew an unexpired license by submitting a complete renewal application
and paying the required renewal fee to the department before the expiration
date of the license. The renewal application and fee must be postmarked
on or before the expiration date.
(d) If the LCDC's license has been expired for 90 days
or less, the person may renew the license by paying to the department
a fee in an amount specified in §140.403 of this title (relating
(e) If the LCDC's license has been expired for more
than 90 days but less than one year, the person may renew the license
by paying to the department a fee in an amount specified in §140.403
of this title.
(f) If the LCDC's license has been expired for one
year or more, the person may not renew the license. The LCDC may obtain
a new license by submitting to reexamination and complying, under
current standards, with the requirements and procedures for obtaining
an initial license.
(g) Notwithstanding in subsection (f) of this section,
the department may renew an LCDC license that has been expired for
one or more years without reexamination if the applicant was licensed
in this state, moved to another state, and is currently licensed as
an LCDC and in good standing in that state, with no pending disciplinary
actions or active sanctions against the license or LCDC, and has been
in practice in the other state for the two years preceding the date
the person applies for renewal. The person must pay to the department
a fee in an amount equal to two times the required renewal fee for
(h) An LCDC whose license has expired cannot offer
or provide chemical dependency counseling services as defined by the
KSAs or represent himself or herself as an LCDC.
(i) An LCDC who holds a master's degree or more advanced
degree shall complete at least 24 hours of continuing education during
each two-year licensure period. The 24 hours of education must include
the specific courses required in subsection (k) of this section and,
if applicable, in subsection (l) of this section.
(j) An LCDC who does not meet the criteria in subsection
(i) of this section must complete at least 40 hours of continuing
education. The 40 hours of education must include the specific courses
required in subsection (k) of this section and, if applicable, in
subsection (l) of this section.
(k) Continuing education hours must include at least
three hours of ethics training and a total of at least six hours of
training in HIV, Hepatitis C, and sexually transmitted diseases.
(l) If an individual's job duties include clinical
supervision, required hours of continuing education must include three
hours of clinical supervision training.
(m) An LCDC who teaches a qualifying continuing education
course shall receive the same number of hours as students attending
the course. Only one set of hours can be accrued for a single curriculum,
and no more than one half of the required amount of hours of continuing
education as set forth in subsections (i) and (j) of this section
shall be granted for courses taught by the LCDC.