Utah Admin. Code R590-142-7 - Course Requirements
(1) Except as permitted in Subsection R590-142-4(3), before offering a course for credit in Utah, a person must register as a provider and submit a completed continuing education course filing form and course outline for review by the commissioner.
(2) Upon receipt of a completed continuing education course filing form and course outline from a registered provider, the commissioner shall:
(i) approve a course as qualifying for credit in accordance with the standards of this rule;
(ii) issue a course number; and
(iii) assign the number of hours to be awarded to the approved course; or
(i) disapprove a course as not qualifying for credit; and
(ii) furnish an explanation of the reason for disapproval of the course.
(3) A new course offered by a registered provider must be submitted to and approved by the commissioner at least 30 days before being offered, except that post -approval of a course may be granted by the commissioner upon submission of a written request and supporting documentation of a course attended.
(4) A course advertisement shall not state or imply that a course has been approved by the commissioner unless written confirmation of the approval has been received by the registered provider.
(5) A department employee may attend a course at no cost for the purpose of auditing the course for compliance.
(6) The following course topics are examples of subject areas that qualify for approval if they contribute to the knowledge and professional competence of an individual licensee as a producer, consultant, or adjuster, and demonstrate a direct and specific application to insurance:
(a) a particular line of insurance:
(b) investments or securities in connection with variable contracts;
(c) principles of risk management;
(d) insurance laws and administrative rules;
(e) tax laws related to insurance;
(f) accounting or actuarial considerations in insurance;
(g) business or legal ethics; and
(h) other course subject areas may be acceptable if the registered provider can demonstrate that the course contributes to professional competence and otherwise meets the standards set forth in this rule.
(7) The following course topics are examples of subject areas that do not qualify for approval:
(a) computer training and software presentations;
(d) sales training;
(e) communication skills;
(h) personnel management;
(i) time management; and
(j) any course not in accordance with this rule.
(8) The following continuing education standards must be met for a course offered by a registered provider to qualify for continuing education credit:
(a) the course must have significant intellectual or practical content to enhance and improve the insurance knowledge and professional competence of a participant;
(b) the course must be developed by persons who are qualified in the subject matter and instructional design;
(c) the course content must be up to date;
(d) the instructor must be qualified with respect to course content and teaching methods;
(e) the instructor may be considered qualified if, through formal training or experience, the instructor has obtained sufficient knowledge to competently instruct the course;
(f) the number of participants and physical facilities for a course must be consistent with the teaching method specified;
(g) the course must include some means for evaluating the quality of the course content;
(h) the course must provide for a method to authenticate each student's identity; and
(i) the course must be taught in a manner that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. 12102, to enable licensees with a physical or mental disability to complete the continuing education requirements.
(9) The following are additional requirements for an interactive computer course of study offered by a registered provider that is not taught by a live instructor:
(a) the course shall provide one or more of the following types of exam questions at the end of each section of course material presented:
(i) multiple choice;
(ii) matching; or
(iii) true or false;
(b) the exam questions shall cover material from the applicable section of the course that was presented to the student;
(c) only upon completion of an exam and not before or during the exam, the course shall identify all incorrect responses and inform the student of the correct response with an explanation of the correct answer;
(d) the course shall require answering 70% of the inquiries for each exam correctly to demonstrate mastery of the current section before the student is allowed by the program to proceed to the next section or complete the course;
(e) in the event a student does not achieve the 70% correct response rate necessary to advance to the next section, the course shall generate a different set of inquiries for the section, which may be repeated as necessary on a random or rotating basis;
(f) the course shall provide a method to authenticate the student's identity on a periodic hourly basis, including upon entering, during, and exiting the course;
(g) the course shall provide a method to ensure that the amount of time necessary for a student to complete course instruction and exam is no less than the amount of credit hours approved for the course; and
(h) the course shall provide for a method to directly transmit the final course completion results to the registered provider or a printed course completion receipt to be sent to the registered provider for issuance of a completion certificate.
(10) A continuing education course may not be offered or taught by a person who has:
(a) a lapsed, surrendered, suspended, or revoked provider registration;
(b) a suspended or revoked insurance license; or
(c) been prohibited from teaching a course.
(11) Continuing education credit may not be granted for a course offered by a registered provider in which the course is:
(a) not approved by the commissioner; or
(b) offered or taught by a person who has:
(i) a lapsed, surrendered, suspended, or revoked provider registration; or
(ii) been prohibited from teaching a course.
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