Chapter 276-10 CONTINUING EDUCATION
All applicants for biennial renewal of dispenser licenses shall submit proof to the Board of satisfactory completion of twenty (20) hours of Board approved continuing education relevant to the licensee's professional practice. The renewal period begins January 1st of every even number year to December 31st of the following odd number year, except that an initially licensed dispenser licensee shall be exempt from meeting the requirements of this Rule if, at the time of renewal, said dispensing licensee has been licensed for a period of time less than two (2) years. Continuing education hours completed by an initially licensed dispenser licensee, who at the time of renewal has been initially licensed for less than a two (2) year period, will not be available or "carried over" for credit to meet the requirement for the next biennial license renewal.
|(1)|| Courses offered by the following are
preapproved by the Board as means of acquiring the required continuing
education hours for license renewal subject to the specific categories as
outlined in paragraph 3 of this rule.
|(2)||All educational opportunities other than those offered by various state approved/sanctioned academies, societies and associations require prior approval from the Board within thirty (30) days prior to the scheduled date of such program. Applications for approval must include sponsor, date, location, subjects, scope, instructors, qualifications of instructors, and classroom hours for each subject.|
|(3)|| Of the required hours, two (2) must be in
the medical area (face-to-face only, NOT online), two (2) must be in
jurisprudence (Georgia laws and rules) and/or ethics, two (2) must be in
patient management. The remainder of hours may be obtained as product specific
or on the topic of practice building. Effective January 1, 2016, a hearing aid
dispenser must obtain a minimum of twenty (20) hours of continuing education
method of reporting continuing education hours to the Board, IF selected for a
Continuing Education Hours audit, shall be as follows: