Please read the OT Act and Rules for CE information. Chapter 367 of the OT Rules details CE.
All Continuing Education taken for license renewal must meet requirements in Chapter 367.
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Texas OT and OTA licensees are required to complete 24 contact hours of continuing education each renewal period in order to maintain licensure, and the CE must include an HHSC approved course on human trafficking that meets requirements as per the OT Rules. Licensees may earn more than the required minimum of CE hours. Refer to Chapter 367 of the OT Rules for further CE information and requirements. The licensee is solely responsible for keeping accurate documentation of all continuing education activities and for selecting continuing education as per the requirements in Chapter 367.
With the exception of the HHSC approved human trafficking course noted above, licensees are not required to take a course approved by a specific entity or take courses pre-approved by the Board. For the CE hours remaining after the HHSC approved human trafficking course, activities approved or offered by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) or the Texas Occupational Therapy Association (TOTA) are pre-approved for CE credit for license renewal. For courses from other providers, licensees are responsible for ensuring, for example, that such meet the definition of CE and are not an unacceptable activity as per §367.1, Continuing Education. Refer to Chapter 367 for further CE regulations.
Please note the following regarding the CE hours remaining after completing the required HHSC approved human trafficking prevention course and determining the CE credit earned for such according to the OT Rules.
* There are many ways to earn CE for free. Refer to §367.2, Categories of Education, for categories of continuing education. Many of the categories included in that section, including those concerning the supervision of OT and OTA students, presentations by licensees, and mentorship, may be completed for free. Refer to the section for further regulations regarding these categories, including with regard to the maximum amount of CE that may be earned from each. See the links above for further resources.
* There is no maximum of contact hours that can be earned for the renewal period for the following: in-service educational programs, training programs, institutes, seminars, workshops, facility-based courses, internet-based courses, conferences, and home-study courses with specified learning objectives. Hour for hour credit on program content only. Documentation shall include a certificate of completion or letter of verification.
* NBCOT Navigator® Activities. Licensees may earn CE for the completion of NBCOT Navigator activities. For such activities, 1 NBCOT CAU is the equivalent of 1 contact hour. No maximum. Documentation is a certificate of completion or letter of verification. Self-reflections and self-assessments, reading list and research portal activities, professional development plans, or similar activities are not eligible for CE credit.
* AOTA Benchmark. Licensees may earn CE for the completion of the AOTA Benchmark. Documentation is a certificate of completion or letter of verification indicating credit awarded. No maximum.
Documentation must identify the licensee by name, and must include the date and title of the course; the name of the authorized signer and either the signature of the authorized signer or the official seal, letterhead, or logo of the authorized signer if an area designated for a signature is not included; and the number of hours or contact hours awarded for the course.
When continuing education units (CEUs), professional development units (PDUs), or other units or credits are listed on the documentation, such must be accompanied by documentation from the continuing education provider noting the equivalence of the units or credits in terms of hours or contact hours. Such is not needed for AOTA CEUs, but be sure you know what such represent in hours or contact hours.
Remember that a contact hour is not the same as a learning credit, PDU, etc. When you renew, you must attest to your CE in contact hours.
Information regarding categories of CE activities, including additional categories and any limits concerning the number of contact hours that may be earned from and the required documentation for each, can be found in §367.2, Categories of Education. §367.3, Continuing Education Audit, provides further information regarding documentation.
For example, CE documentation includes, but is not limited to: transcripts, AOTA self-study completion certificates, copies of official sign-in or attendance sheets, course certificates of attendance, certificates of completion, and letters of verification. In addition, licensees may wish to keep supporting documentation that helps demonstrate how an activity meets CE requirements. For example, an official course description, syllabus, outline, and/or learning objectives may be useful if, for instance, the licensee is randomly selected for the CE Audit, as a certificate often lists just the name of a course and does not provide further information about its content.
As per §367.1(b)(4), licensees who submit their renewal with all required items prior to the month when their license expires may count CE completed during their license’s expiration month for their next renewal period. Please note that if you are you are counting CE activities as per §367.1(b)(4), you will need to renew with a paper renewal form.
Example: The license expires March 31, 2019, and the licensee wishes to take CE in March, 2019, for the next renewal in 2021, as the licensee has already earned enough CE for the 2019 renewal. The licensee would need to renew during the month or two preceding the birth month, i.e., renew in January, 2019, or February, 2019 (and verify the renewal on the Look up a License page). If the licensee does so, then s/he may begin earning CE in March, 2019, for the next renewal period, which would end March, 2021. However, the licensee will need to renew by paper in 2021.
Refer to the full Chapter 367 of the OT Rules for further CE regulations.
Refer to §371.2, Retired Status, of the OT Rules for additional information regarding CE requirements for those initiating or renewing retired status.