4723-26-04 Renewal of community health worker certificate.

(A) The board shall provide a renewal application, located at http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/forms.htm (revised January 2013), to every holder of a current, valid certificate, except when the board is aware that the individual may be ineligible for certificate renewal for any reason, including those reasons set forth in section 4723.092 of the Revised Code. Failure of the certificate holder to receive an application for renewal from the board does not excuse the certificate holder from the requirements of section 4723.85 of the Revised Code and this chapter.

(B) To renew a certificate to practice as a community health worker a holder of a current, valid certificate shall:

(1) ) Submit a completed renewal application on the form required by the board, located at http://www.nursing.ohio.gov/forms.htm (revised January 2013);

(2) Submit a renewal fee of thirty-five dollars; and

(3) Meet the continuing education requirements set forth in rule 4723-26-05 of the Administrative Code.

(C) If a completed renewal application is not postmarked, renewed on-line, or otherwise received by the board on or before March first of each odd numbered year, the application shall be considered late and a late fee of fifty dollars shall be imposed in addition to the thirty-five dollar renewal fee.

(D) A certificate holder may request that his or her certificate be placed on inactive status:

(1) At the time of renewal, by checking the appropriate box on the renewal application that indicates the certificate holder wants to place the certificate on inactive status; or

(2) At any time, by submitting to the board a written statement requesting that the certificate be placed on inactive status.

(E) The board may reactivate an inactive certificate if an individual submits to the board all of the following:

(1) Written notice requesting reactivation of the inactive certificate on the form required by the board;

(2) A reactivation fee in the amount of thirty-five dollars; and

(3) Documentation satisfactory to the board of having completed the continuing education requirements for renewal of a community health worker certificate as provided in rule 4723-26-05 of the Administrative Code.

(F) A certificate holder who has placed a community health worker certificate on inactive status is not required to pay a renewal fee unless the holder seeks to reactivate the certificate. If the certificate holder placed a certificate on inactive status after March second of the year in which the certificate was to be renewed, and notifies the board on or before March thirty-first of the same renewal year of the intent to reactivate, the certificate holder must still pay the late processing fee required by paragraph (C) of this rule.

(G) If a certificate to practice as a community health worker is not renewed by March thirty-first of each odd numbered year and the certificate holder has failed by that time to request that the certificate be placed on inactive status, the certificate will lapse.

(H) The board may reinstate a lapsed certificate to practice as a community health worker if the individual submits to the board all of the following:

(1) A written request for reinstatement on the form required by the board, located athttp://www.nursing.ohio.gov/forms.htm (revised 2013);

(2) Payment of the thirty-five dollar renewal fee plus a lapsed fee of one hundred dollars; and

(3) Documentation satisfactory to the board of having completed the continuing education requirements for renewal as provided in rule 4723-26-05 of the Administrative Code.

(I) When a community health worker certificate is inactive or lapsed, the individual shall not represent or imply to the public that he or she is certified by the board as a community health worker.

(J) An individual who continues to represent to the public that he or she is a certified community health worker during the time that his or her certificate is inactive or lapsed, may be subject to disciplinary action by the board in accordance with rule 4723-26-11 of the Administrative Code.

(K) A community health worker whose certificate expired due to the holder's service in the armed forces of the United States, or in the national guard or in a reserve component, shall be eligible for renewal and reinstatement without payment of the late application fee required by paragraph (C) of this rule and division (A)(13) of section 4723.08 of the Revised Code, and the reinstatement fee required by paragraph (H)(2) of this rule and division (A)(18) of section 4723.08 of the Revised Code if the following conditions are met:

(1) The certificate holder presents the board with satisfactory evidence that, not more than six months prior to the date the evidence is submitted to the board, the certificate holder was honorably discharged or separated under honorable conditions; and

(2) The certificate holder is not suffering a mental or physical impairment that may affect the individual's ability to provide safe care.

(L) A certificate holder, who submits a renewal application on April first or later, or whose certificate lapsed, due to the holder's spouse's service in the armed forces of the United States, or in the national guard or in a reserve component, shall be eligible for renewal and reinstatement without payment of the late application fee required by paragraph (C) of this rule and division (A)(13) of section 4723.08 of the Revised Code, and the reinstatement fee required by paragraph (H)(2) of this rule and division (A)(18) of section 4723.08 of the Revised Code, if the following are met:

(1) The certificate holder presents the board with satisfactory evidence that the holder did not renew their certificate because their spouse's military service caused them to be absent from the state of Ohio;

(2) The certificate holder presents the board satisfactory evidence that, not more than six months prior to the date the evidence is submitted to the board, the holder's spouse was honorably discharged or separated under honorable conditions; and

(3) The certificate holder meets the requirements for certificate renewal required by section 4723.85 of the Revised Code.

Replaces: Replaces former 4723-26-04

Effective: 02/01/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 10/15/2014
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4723.88
Rule Amplifies: 4723.85
Prior Effective Dates: 02/01/2005, 02/01/2010