Except where otherwise stated in this chapter, "occupational experience" means work experience, paid in money, outside of education or teaching, that demonstrates success in the occupational emphasis areas and related areas specified in the category of practice for which the applicant is seeking licensure. At least 500 hours of work experience must be in one or more emphasis areas within the five-year period immediately before the date the license is to be issued.
Administrative, supervisory, and special needs staff of a local school district who do not teach in occupational program areas shall accumulate occupational experience, outside education or teaching, in a job or jobs specified in parts 3517.0100, 3517.0120, and 3517.0200 to 3517.2140 within the program emphasis areas or related areas.
Verification of occupational experience for a salaried employee must be provided on work verification forms by the applicant's employer. It must include place of employment, length and dates of employment, total number of hours employed, job classification, description of job duties, and a specific statement of success. If the employer has died or cannot be located because of a transfer, or if the business has closed, the same information may be verified by:
the applicant's immediate supervisor during the employment period; or
a coworker of similar status during the employment period and appropriate tax or social security records of the applicant.
If a supervisor or coworker verifies the experience, the applicant shall document reasonable previous efforts to obtain verification from the actual employer.
Applicants who receive W-2 salary forms as owners or managers of their own privately held corporations must be considered self-employed, and they are governed by part 3517.4100.
Verification of occupational experience is subject to Minnesota Statutes, section 122A.20, subdivision 1, clause (5) on submitting fraudulent evidence.
The personnel licensing section shall accept occupational experience obtained in the military if it is verified by a DD Form 214 and corresponding military assignment or review records that verify and identify the experience as within the emphasis areas or related areas in parts 3517.0200 to 3517.1440 or 3517.1800 to 3517.2140. Verified military experience shall be accepted for up to two-thirds of the total required occupational hours. The military hours may be applied toward hours in related areas, but not toward the required hours in the emphasis area and they do not meet the recency requirements. The remaining one-third of the required hours must be accumulated in the typical civilian setting for the category of practice sought in order to ensure that the applicant is familiar with the usual job environment for the specific category of practice.
11 SR 2407; L 1998 c 397 art 11 s 3
October 8, 2007