Continuing Education Program Review Committee
April 18, 2012
I. Committee Purpose
The Committee was created to review the existing continuing education
(CE) program to insure it fulfills the legislative intent for CE,
benefits licensees, and appropriately educates to protect the
public. To that end, the Committee will be holding four meetings
to review the entire program:
General Observations – April 18, 2012
Accreditation Agency Models – May 31, 2012
Continued Competency Model s – July 19, 2012
Recommendations - TBD
The Committee hopes to have legislation introduced in 2013, with
implementation beginning in 2014.
It was noted that SB 1183 has been introduced (which would require
continuing education providers other than accredited educational
institutions and certain other institutions to be approved by an
accrediting organization, and would delete the requirement for the BBS
to approve or revoke those providers). Nevertheless,
the Committee will be working, concurrently, on the process described
II. BBS Current CE Provider Requirements vs. Other
Department of Consumer Affairs Healing Arts Boards vs. Other
BBS staff first reviewed the current BBS requirements for CE and then
identified the concerns/limitations in the existing program:
;No authority to review subsequent coursework (i.e. no requirement
for providers to get BBS approval for new courses offered after the
original provider approval is granted)
No authority to audit providers
Confusion over self-study vs. online learning
Conflicts in expired provider renewals and how licensees may/may not
count hours obtained from expired providers
No CE credit for licensees who assist BBS with exam development
Staff noted that the BBS had 2460 approved, registered CE providers as
of August 1, 2011. The over-arching concern at this
time is the lack of accountability of providers to BBS since regulations
limit BBS authority.
BBS staff then reviewed the structure of the Dental, Psychology and
Pharmacy Boards to contrast with the structure of the BBS.
Dental Board approves courses only for specified, mandatory CE and
the Board approves providers for other courses; Licensees may take
non-mandatory courses from Board-approved providers OR from two
Psychology Board accepts CE credits from two accrediting agencies and
their approved sponsors.
Pharmacy Board accepts CE credits from two accrediting agencies and
from other DCA Board-approved providers.
Finally, BBS reviewed the structure of the Florida, Oregon, Arizona,
and Texas Boards.
Florida Board approves providers AND accepts CE from accrediting
Oregon Board only accepts CE from accrediting agencies.
Arizona Board does not approve providers or accrediting agencies; CE
credits are accepts from associations, agencies, etc.
Texas Board (MFT only) approves providers and will accept CE from
non-approved providers if requirements are met.
III. Next Meeting
The next meeting will be May 31, 2012.