The ultimate aim of continuing education is to ensure the highest quality professional care. The objectives are to improve and increase the ability of the hearing instrument fitter/dispenser, audiologist and speech-language pathologist to deliver the highest possible quality professional care and keep the professional abreast of current developments.
Continuing education consists of educational activities designed to review existing concepts and techniques and to convey information and knowledge about advances in hearing instrument fitting/dispensing, audiology and speech-language pathology fields as applied to the work setting.
(1) Continuing education requirement. Licensees must complete a minimum of thirty hours of continuing education every three years in the following categories:
(a) At least one hour on infection control.
(b) Courses, seminars, workshops and postgraduate programs offered by accredited educational institutions. These educational activities shall be recorded on an official transcript or certificate stating the number of continuing education units completed.
(c) Courses, seminars and workshops offering continuing clock or continuing educational units offered by profession-related organizations or industries. These units shall be accepted with proof of completion.
(d) Attendance at a continuing education program having a featured speaker(s) or panel, which has been sponsored or endorsed by a profession-related organization or industry.
(e) Participation as a speaker or panel member in a continuing education program which has been sponsored or endorsed by a profession-related organization or industry. A maximum of eight hours, including preparation time, may be applied to the total three-year requirement.
(f) Completion of a written, video, internet, or audio continuing education program which has been sponsored or endorsed by a profession-related organization or industry. Only programs with tests that are independently graded shall be accepted.
(2) General information.
(a) The effective date of the continuing education requirement shall be three years after the licensee's 2007 renewal date.
(b) The board shall not grant credit for preparation time, except as provided in subsection (1)(e) of this section.
(3) The board may grant an exception for continuing education requirements under certain circumstances including, but not limited to, severe illness. The licensee must submit to the board for review, a written request for exception. The board will approve or deny the request.
(4) This section incorporates by reference the requirements of chapter 246-12
WAC, Part 7.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 18.35.161 and 18.35.090. 07-07-065, § 246-828-510, filed 3/15/07, effective 4/15/07. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.280. 98-05-060, § 246-828-510, filed 2/13/98, effective 3/16/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.35.161(3). 93-07-007 (Order 342B), § 246-828-510, filed 3/5/93, effective 4/5/93.]