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148.5193 Continuing education requirements.

Subdivision 1. Number of contact hours required. (a) An applicant for registration renewal must meet the requirements for continuing education according to paragraphs (b) to (e).

(b) An applicant for registration renewal as either a speech-language pathologist or an audiologist must provide evidence to the commissioner of a minimum of 30 contact hours of continuing education offered by an approved continuing education sponsor within the two years immediately preceding registration renewal. A minimum of 20 contact hours of continuing education must be directly related to the registrant's area of registration. Ten contact hours of continuing education may be in areas generally related to the registrant's area of registration.

(c) An applicant for registration renewal as both a speech-language pathologist and an audiologist must attest to and document completion of a minimum of 36 contact hours of continuing education offered by an approved continuing education sponsor within the two years immediately preceding registration renewal. A minimum of 15 contact hours must be received in the area of speech-language pathology and a minimum of 15 contact hours must be received in the area of audiology. Six contact hours of continuing education may be in areas generally related to the registrant's areas of registration.

(d) If the registrant is licensed by the board of teaching:

(1) activities that are approved in the categories of Minnesota Rules, part 8700.1000, subpart 3, items A and B, and that relate to speech-language pathology, shall be considered:

(i) offered by an approved sponsor of continuing education; and

(ii) directly related to speech-language pathology;

(2) activities that are approved in the categories of Minnesota Rules, part 8700.1000, subpart 3, shall be considered:

(i) offered by an approved sponsor of continuing education; and

(ii) generally related to speech-language pathology; and

(3) one clock hour as defined in Minnesota Rules, part 8700.1000, subpart 1, is equivalent to 1.2 contact hours of continuing education.

(e) Contact hours cannot be accumulated in advance and transferred to a future continuing education period.

Subd. 2. Preapproved continuing education sponsors. The commissioner will accept continuing education approved or sponsored by the Minnesota department of health, the Minnesota Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, the American Academy of Audiology, the Minnesota Academy of Audiology, the Academy of Rehabilitative Audiologists, the Acoustical Society of America, Twin Cities Clinical Speech-Language Pathologists, Minnesota Foundation for Acoustical Education and Research, or universities accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Subd. 3. Approval of continuing education sponsors. (a) Continuing education sponsors, unless preapproved under subdivision 2, must be approved by the commissioner according to paragraphs (b) to (e).

(b) Applications for approval must be submitted to the commissioner at least 60 days before the date of the first continuing education activity. Applications must be made in writing by the person or officer of the organization sponsoring the program. On receiving the commissioner's approval, continuing education activities of the sponsor related to speech-language pathology or audiology are approved for two years following the date of the commissioner's approval. To obtain approval, continuing education sponsors must submit the information described in clauses (1) to (5) on an application provided by the commissioner:

(1) The continuing education sponsor must describe the content of courses to be offered. The course content must contribute directly to the professional competency of the speech-language pathologist or audiologist, must be beyond the basic educational program leading to a degree in speech-language pathology or audiology, and must include subject matter related to current developments in speech-language pathology and audiology.

(2) The continuing education sponsor must describe the method of instruction for each course offered. The continuing education sponsor must describe for each course offered the teaching methods to be used, such as lecture, seminar, audiovisual, or simulation.

(3) The continuing education sponsor must outline specific written objectives that describe expected outcomes for the participants.

(4) The continuing education sponsor must state the number of contact hours of continuing education which may be obtained by completing a specified course, which must be a minimum of one hour.

(5) The continuing education sponsor must provide a resume of each instructor's qualifications with the application for approval by the commissioner. Instructors must be qualified to teach the specified course content based on their prior education, training, or experience.

(c) The continuing education sponsor must report to the commissioner, on a timely basis, any change in the course content or instructor.

(d) Continuing education sponsors must maintain, for a minimum of three years, a record of attendance for each course offered.

(e) To maintain approval as a continuing education sponsor, a continuing education sponsor must continue to comply with this section.

Subd. 4. Earning continuing education contact hours through contact hour equivalents. (a) A registrant who teaches continuing education courses may obtain contact hour equivalents according to paragraphs (b) to (d).

(b) The sponsor of the course must be approved by the commissioner.

(c) A registrant may not obtain more than six contact hours in any two-year continuing education period by teaching continuing education courses.

(d) A registrant may obtain two contact hours for each hour spent teaching a course if the course is sponsored by an approved continuing education sponsor. Contact hours may be claimed only once for teaching the same course in any two-year continuing education period.

Subd. 5. Continuing education activities offered by a sponsor not approved by the commissioner. (a) A registrant may seek approval of a continuing education activity offered by a sponsor who is not approved by the commissioner. The registrant must seek approval according to paragraphs (b) and (c).

(b) The registrant's request for approval must be made in writing to the commissioner, on forms available from the commissioner. A request for approval before the continuing education activity is attended must be made a minimum of 45 days before the first day of the continuing education activity. A request for approval after the continuing education activity is attended must be made within 45 days of the last day of the continuing education activity and must include verification of attendance. A registrant not complying with this subdivision will not receive approval for the continuing education activity.

(c) A registrant denied approval of a continuing education activity may make a written request to the commissioner, within 30 days of the commissioner's decision, that the advisory council review the commissioner's decision to deny the registrant's request for approval of continuing education. After reviewing a denial, the advisory council shall submit its recommendation to the commissioner.

Subd. 6. Evidence of attendance. A registrant must maintain records of attending the continuing education contact hours required for registration renewal. An applicant for registration renewal must submit the following information on a form provided by the commissioner: the sponsoring organization, the dates of the course, the course name, the number of contact hours completed, and the name and signature of the registrant. The form must be submitted with the renewal application under section 148.5191, subdivision 1.

Subd. 7. Verification of continuing education reports. The commissioner may request a registrant or continuing education sponsor to verify the continuing education to which the registrant attested. Documentation may come directly from the registrant, the continuing education sponsor, or from a national accrediting or certifying organization which maintains the records.

Subd. 8. Waiver of continuing education requirements. The commissioner may grant a waiver of the requirements of this section in cases where the requirements would impose an undue burden on the registrant. A registrant must request in writing a waiver of the requirements of this section. The request for a waiver must cite this section, the reasons for requesting the waiver, the period of time the registrant wishes to have the continuing education requirement waived, and the alternative measures that will be taken if a waiver is granted. The commissioner shall set forth, in writing, the reasons for granting or denying the waiver. Waivers granted by the commissioner shall specify in writing the time limitation and required alternative measures to be taken by the registrant.

HIST: 1996 c 363 s 11