4765-19-04 Exemptions from continuing education.

(A) Pursuant to section 4765.31 of the Revised Code, the board may grant an applicant for renewal of a certificate to practice an exemption from compliance with the continuing education requirement. The board may grant a complete or a partial exemption from the continuing education requirement for reasons including, but not limited to, the following:

(1) The holder is on active military duty;

(a) A request for exemption from the continuing education requirements shall be made in writing and submitted to the board and shall include the following:

(i) The specific continuing education requirements for which an exemption is sought:

(ii) Justification for the exemption:

(iii) Signature of the certificate holder.

(2) Special hardship or unusual circumstances, as determined by the board:

(a) A request for exemption from the continuing education requirements shall be made in writing and submitted to the board at least one-hundred eighty days prior to the expiration of the certificate to practice and shall include the following:

(i) The specific continuing education requirements for which an exemption is sought:

(ii) Justification for the exemption:

(iii) Signature of the certificate holder.

(b) If a request for exemption is received fewer than sixty days prior to the expiration date of a certificate to practice, the board may consider the request if it determines there are extenuating circumstances affecting either the submission of the request for exemption in a timely manner, or the ability of the certificate holder to comply with the continuing education requirement.

(B) The board has full discretion in determining whether to grant a request for exemption from the continuing education requirement.

(C) The board shall provide written notice to the person requesting the exemption no later than sixty days after receipt of the request. If the board is unable to respond prior to the expiration date of an applicant's certificate to practice, it shall notify the certificate holder of whether, or to what extent, the applicant may continue to engage in activities for which a certificate to practice is otherwise required.

Replaces: Former 4765-8-11

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 03/13/2008 and 03/12/2013

Promulgated Under: 119.03

Statutory Authority: RC 4765.11

Rule Amplifies: RC 4765.31

Prior Effective Dates: 1-1-96; 4-28-02; 3-23-03