4757-9-04 Clock hours for continuing professional education.

A "clock hour" is sixty minutes spent in a program meeting the requirements for renewal of a license or certificate of registration issued by the board. Clock hours exclude refreshment breaks, receptions and other social gatherings, and meals that do not include an acceptable program.

(A) Fifteen clock hours will be granted for one academic semester hour. Ten clock hours will be granted for one academic quarter hour.

(B) Ten clock hours will be granted for a journal article qualifying under rule 4757-9-06 of the Administrative Code. Thirty clock hours will be granted for a book qualifying under rule 4757-9-06 of the Administrative Code.

(C) Credit may be awarded for first time presentations at the rate of one and one-half hours for every hour of the actual, board approved, presentation, up to ten hours per renewal period.

(D) The number of clock hours granted for a program offered by an approved provider will be determined by the definition of clock hour in this rule.

(E) Counselors may earn up to fifteen hours of continuing professional education per renewal period in distance learning credit as defined in paragraph (A)(11) of rule 4757-9-06 of the Administrative Code. Social workers and marriage and family therapists may earn all hours of continuing professional education per renewal period in distance learning credit as defined in paragraph (A)(11) of rule 4757-9-06 of the Administrative Code.

(F) Counselors, social workers and marriage and family therapists may use up to twelve hours from the prior renewal period for their current renewal, only if they had an excess of hours over thirty hours from the immediate prior renewal. This practice is known as "banking" continuing education hours (CEUs). For example, a licensee earned forty-two hours of CEUs from May 20, 2007 to May 20, 2009. That licensee may use up to twelve hours of CEUs from the May 20, 2009 renewal toward the renewal due in May 20, 2011. If audited, the licensee shall provide proof of at least sixty total hours: forty-two hours of CEUs (or thirty plus whatever number are being banked) from May 20, 2007 to May 20, 2009; and at least eighteen CEUs (or the remainder needed to equal a total of thirty hours) from May 20, 2009 through May 20, 2011.

(1) Hours earned as a professional counselor may not be banked to renew a professional clinical counselor license.

(2) Hours earned as a social worker assistant may not be banked to renew a social worker license.

(3) Hours earned as a social worker may not be banked to renew an independent social worker license.

(4) Hours earned as a marriage and family therapist may not be banked to renew an independent marriage and family therapist license.

Effective: 04/01/2011
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 09/20/2012
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4757.10
Rule Amplifies: 4757.33
Prior Effective Dates: 5-22-86; 7-3-97; 7-10-00; 9-20-02; 9-20-07; 7-3-10