Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 130-2-.12 - Continuing Education

(1) Number of Continuing Education Hours Required for Renewal or Reinstatement of License.
(a) Renewal after January 1, 2003. In order to renew a license after January 1, 2003, each licensee shall provide to the Board proof of completion of five (5) continuing education (CE) hours in a form acceptable to the Board. If audited, the licensee shall submit written proof from the CE provider of attendance and/or completion of each CE course submitted for credit.
1. Three (3) hours of the total five (5) hours must be satisfied by a course in health and safety developed by the Department of Technical and Adult Education (DTAE).
2. Two (2) hours of the total five (5) hours must be in a course previously registered with the Board in any of the following areas: industry or trade show, health and safety, industry trends, computer skills, business management, or the licensee's area of practice.
(b) Exemption from CE Requirements.
1. A licensee that meets any of the following exemptions shall not be required to complete the CE requirements set out in this Rule;
(i) Licensees who have held a license for 25 years or more and can submit documentation thereof to the satisfaction of the Board;
(ii) Licensees who submit to the Board proof of hardship based upon:
(I) Age; proof of attainment of age 65;
(II) Disability, medical or otherwise; a documented permanent disability, copy of an award letter of disability benefits such as Social Security, Railroad retirement or DD214;
(III) Illness; or temporary disability documented by the appropriate physician specialist stating the disability, anticipated duration and physical or mental limitation(s);
(IV) Other circumstances as the Board may determine on a case by case basis.
2. Licensees who claim an exemption shall submit to the Board a sworn, written statement, signed by the licensee before a notary public, setting out the facts supporting each exemption claimed. An exemption request form may be obtained from the Board or a written request may be submitted in a form otherwise acceptable to the Board.
(c) First Renewal of License. The holder of a license who is renewing a license for the first time shall not be required to meet the CE requirements.
(d) Reinstatement of a lapsed license. In order to reinstate a license after expiration, the applicant shall pay all fees required by law or rule, including the reinstatement fee, and shall submit documentation of completion of CE hours required for renewal. A license shall be issued upon completion of all requirements of the laws and rules.
(e) CE Requirements For Hair Designers: For the first license renewal period after September 1, 2010, the Board shall allow a maximum of five (5) hours credit for any CE courses taken between August 31, 2006 and September 30, 2008.
(2) Provider Registration of Continuing Education Courses.
(a) The curriculum of any CE course not developed by the DTAE or not offered as a course by any of the institutions listed in paragraph (2)(e) of this Rule must be registered with the Board and must comply with Board rules.
(b) Industry or trade show registration. Providers of industry or trade show courses that wish to register courses for CE credit must supply the following information to the Board prior to registration:
1. Date and location;
2. Form to be used as written proof of course attendance or completion for licensee participants.
(c) Course of study registration. Providers of courses of study that wish to register courses for CE credit must submit the following information to the Board prior to registration:
1. Outline of subject matter;
2. List of persons teaching;
3. Summary of qualification of teachers;
4. Number of hours for each course;
5. Date and location of course;
6. Form to be used as written proof of course completion for licensee participants.
7. Course evaluation form
(d) Internet, electronic or home study course. Providers of Internet, electronic or home study courses must submit the same information for registration with the Board as the providers of courses listed in paragraph (2)(c) of this Rule.
(e) Exempt courses. Courses in cosmetology, hair design, nail technology, esthetics, computers, business, or health and safety issues offered by schools under the jurisdiction of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, the Department of Technical and Adult Education, the Department of Education, or any accredited postsecondary institution shall satisfy the continuing education requirement without a request to the Board for approval or registration.
(f) The curriculum developed by DTAE in health and safety shall be revised as necessary to incorporate new developments upon request by the Board, interested parties or licensees. DTAE shall make the curriculum available to other providers of continuing education.
(g) Requirements for all course providers.
1. No private providers shall represent themselves as the Georgia State Board of Cosmetology or the Georgia Office of the Secretary of State. The prohibition against such representations shall include all promotional material including, but not limited to, provider name, course or business name, websites, advertisements, e-mails or mailings.
2. No testing of knowledge or skills shall be required as proof of completion of any CE course.
3. All licensees shall receive written proof from the course provider of attendance and completion of a CE course. The provider's registration number issued by the Board must be included on the certificate of completion.
(3) CE Courses Not Registered With the Board. Any licensee may request Board approval of an unregistered industry or trade show or other unregistered course of study for CE credit. The Board, in its discretion, may approve such course on a case by case basis. All licensees shall receive written proof of attendance and/or completion of CE courses from the provider; and the licensee shall submit such proof to the Board.
(4) Private providers of continuing education courses must include their registration number issued by the Board on all promotional material including, but not limited to information about courses, websites, advertisements, emails or mailings.
(5) CE providers must renew their registration by submitting a new CE provider application to the board beginning April of an even year.

Notes

Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. R. 130-2-.12
O.C.G.A. Secs. 43-10-2, 43-10-10.
Original Rule entitled "Continuing Education" adopted. F. June 19, 2002; eff. July 9, 2002. Repealed: New Rule of same title adopted. F. Mar. 29, 2007; eff. Apr. 18, 2007.

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