4758-13-02 Continuing education requirements for OCPSA, OCPS I and OCPS II.

(A) The following steps are required for renewal of a certificate to practice as an OCPS I or OCPS II.

(1) Completion of a renewal application documenting the following:

(a) A minimum of forty hours of continuing education credit within the two year renewal period. Documentation of these hours does not need to be submitted with the renewal application. If selected in a random audit process, documentation shall be required;

(b) A minimum of ten hours from foundation two: foundation in prevention of alcohol and other drug use/abuse/dependency. This includes current research, historical perspectives, theoretical approaches and current program models;

(c) A minimum of three hours of the total forty hours shall be in ethics education; and

(d) The remaining hours must be prevention related.

(2) Prevention specialists may be granted up to a maximum of twenty RCHs for authoring alcohol and other drug related prevention publications at the board's discretion.

(3) A maximum of ten RCHs may be granted for special language courses or workshops.

(4) A maximum of twenty RCHs may be granted for participation in in-service training programs. An in-service is one in which only agency staff participate. If the agency's in-service is open to individuals from outside the agency, there is no limit to the number of RCHs that can be earned.

(5) A maximum of ten RCHs may be granted for presenting a workshop or teaching alcohol and other drug prevention related courses.

(6) The board shall consider relevant education, training, or service completed during the current renewal period by a licensee or certificate holder who is a member of or spouse of a member of the armed forces of the United States or reserve components thereof, the Ohio national guard, the Ohio military reserve, the Ohio naval militia, or the national guard of any other state in determining whether a licensee has fulfilled required continuing education for that renewal period.

(B) The following steps are required for renewal of a certificate to practice as an OCPSA.

(1) Completion of a renewal application documenting the following:

(a) A minimum of twenty hours of continuing education credit within the two year renewal period. Documentation of these hours does not need to be submitted with the renewal application. If selected in a random audit process, documentation shall be required;

(b) A minimum of five hours from foundation two: foundation in prevention of alcohol and other drug use/abuse/dependency. This includes current research, historical perspectives, theoretical approaches and current program models.

(c) A minimum of one and a half hours of the total twenty hours shall be in ethics education; and

(d) The remaining hours must be prevention related.

(2) Prevention specialist assistants may be granted up to a maximum of twenty RCHs for authoring alcohol and other drug related prevention publications at the board's discretion.

(3) A maximum of ten RCHs may be granted for special language courses or workshops.

(4) A maximum of twenty RCHs may be granted for participation in in-service training programs. An in-service is one in which only agency staff participate. If the agency's in-service is open to individuals from outside the agency, there is no limit to the number of RCHs that can be earned.

(5) A maximum of ten RCHs may be granted for presenting a workshop or teaching alcohol and other drug prevention related courses.

(C) Renewal applications shall be completed, signed and filed with required fee to the board no less than thirty days prior to the certificates lapse date.

A member of the armed forces of the United States, the Ohio national guard, the Ohio military reserve, the Ohio naval militia, the national guard of any other state, or a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States who has served on active duty, whether inside or outside the United States, for a period in excess of thirty-one days may submit an application to the Board stating that the licensee or certificate holder requires an extension of the current reporting period because the licensee or certificate holder has served on active duty during the current or a prior reporting period . The licensee or certificate holder shall submit proper documentation certifying the active duty service and the length of that active duty service.

Upon receiving the application and proper documentation, the Board shall extend the current reporting period by an amount of time equal to the total number of months that the licensee spent on active duty during the current reporting period. For purposes of this division, any portion of a month served on active duty shall be considered one full month.

(D) The board shall send renewal reminders ninety days prior to the lapse date.

Effective: 07/07/2014
R.C. 119.032 review dates: 11/15/2015
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4758.20
Rule Amplifies: 4758.51 , 5903.12 , 5903.121
Prior Effective Dates: 6/13/04, 4/1/07, 11/15/10, 5/6/13