148.5193 Continuing education requirements.
Subdivision 1. Number of contact hours required. (a) An applicant for licensure renewal must meet the requirements for continuing education stipulated by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association or the American Board of Audiology, or satisfy the requirements described in paragraphs (b) to (e).
(b) An applicant for licensure 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 a continuing education sponsor within the two years immediately preceding licensure renewal. A minimum of 20 contact hours of continuing education must be directly related to the licensee's area of licensure. Ten contact hours of continuing education may be in areas generally related to the licensee's area of licensure.
(c) An applicant for licensure 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 a continuing education sponsor within the two years immediately preceding licensure 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 licensee's areas of licensure.
(d) If the licensee 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 a 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 a 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 1.0 contact hours of continuing education.
(e) Contact hours cannot be accumulated in advance and transferred to a future continuing education period.
Subd. 2. Continuing education provided by sponsors. The commissioner will accept continuing education provided by sponsors if the continuing education activity meets the following standards:
(1) constitutes an organized program of learning;
(2) reasonably expects to advance the knowledge and skills of the speech-language pathologist or audiologist;
(3) pertains to subjects that relate to the practice of speech-language pathology or audiology;
(4) is conducted by individuals who have education, training, and experience by reason of which said individuals should be considered experts concerning the subject matter of the activity; and
(5) is presented by a sponsor who has a mechanism to verify participation and maintains attendance records for four years.
Subd. 3. Repealed, 2000 c 460 s 66
Subd. 4. Earning continuing education contact hours through contact hour equivalents. (a) A licensee who teaches continuing education courses or presents or publishes for educational purposes may obtain contact hour equivalents according to paragraphs (b) to (d).
(b) The sponsor of the course must meet the requirements of subdivision 2.
(c) A licensee may not obtain more than six contact hours in any two-year continuing education period by teaching continuing education courses.
(d) A licensee may obtain two contact hours for each hour spent teaching a course. Contact hours may be claimed only once for teaching the same course in any two-year continuing education period.
Subd. 5. Repealed, 2000 c 460 s 66
Subd. 6. Records of attendance. (a) A licensee must maintain for four years records of attending the continuing education contact hours required for licensure renewal.
(b) An applicant for licensure renewal must submit documentation demonstrating compliance with continuing education requirements of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association or the American Board of Audiology or an equivalent, or 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 licensee. The form must be submitted with the renewal application under section 148.5191, subdivision 1.
Subd. 6a. Verification of attendance. An applicant for licensure renewal must submit verification of attendance as follows:
(1) a certificate of attendance from the sponsor with the continuing education course name, course date, and licensee's name. If a certificate is not available, the commissioner may accept other evidence of attendance such as a confirmation or statement of registration for regional or national annual conferences or conventions of professional associations, a copy of the continuing education courses indicating those attended, and an affidavit of attendance;
(2) a copy of a record of attendance from the sponsor of the continuing education course;
(3) a signature of the presenter or a designee at the continuing education activity on the continuing education report form;
(4) a summary or outline of the educational content of an audio or video educational activity if a designee is not available to sign the continuing education report form;
(5) for self-study programs, a certificate of completion or other documentation indicating that the individual has demonstrated knowledge and has successfully completed the program; or
(6) for attendance at a university, college, or vocational course, an official transcript.
Subd. 7. Verification of continuing education reports. The commissioner may request a licensee or continuing education sponsor to verify the continuing education to which the licensee attested. Documentation may come directly from the licensee, 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 licensee. A licensee 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 licensee 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 licensee.
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