BOARD OF LICENSURE FOR PROFESSIONAL GEOLOGISTS
CONTINUING EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
PART GEO 403 CONTINUING EDUCATION
Geo 403.01 Continuing Education Requirements
(a) A renewal application shall not be accepted for filing unless the licensee indicates on the renewal application, and under penalty of unsworn falsification, that he/she has completed the minimum required hours of approved continuing education required by 403.01 (b) and lists the specific basis for each credit.
(b) Each licensee shall obtain at least 24 hours of continuing education activities during the biennial renewal period as a condition of license renewal.
Geo 403.02 Continuing Education Requirements for New Licensees. New licensees shall obtain 12 continuing education hours for their first biennial renewal period.
Geo 403.03 Requirements for Reciprocity Licensees who are residents of jurisdictions other than New Hampshire shall meet the continuing education or equivalent
requirements of their resident jurisdiction. The requirements for the State of New Hampshire shall be satisfied when a non-resident licensee provides evidence of having met the continuing education or equivalent requirements of their resident jurisdiction. If licensees reside in a jurisdiction that has no continuing education requirements, the resident shall meet the requirements of the State of New Hampshire.
Geo 403.04 Reinstatement. In addition to the requirements set forth in Geo 401.05, an applicant for reinstatement shall obtain 12 additional hours of continuing education activity for a total of 36. Additional hours shall be for the current reinstatement period only; none may be carried over into the licensee’s subsequent biennial renewal period.
Geo 403.05 Continuing Education Requirements. Continuing education activities shall meet the following criteria:
(a) Continuing education activities shall be relevant to the practice of geology or no credit shall be awarded. Such continuing education activities may include technical, ethical, or managerial content;
(b) The content of each activity shall be well organized and presented in a sequential manner;
(c) The activity shall be led by persons who are qualified by education or experience and monitored by the sponsoring organization; and
(d) There is a provision for individual participant registration
which shall include information required for record keeping and reporting.
Geo 403.06 Continuing Education Activity Hours. Hours for continuing education activities shall be awarded as follows:
(a) A maximum of 2 continuing education hours per year shall apply to
activity on a state or national board of licensure;
(b) Courses/programs awarded one or more college semester credit
hours, with a passing grade where grades are issued, shall equal 15 continuing education hours per credit hour based on course credit established by the college or university;
(c) Courses/programs awarded one or more college quarter hours,
with a passing grade where grades are issued, shall equal 10 continuing education hours per credit hour based on course credit established by the college or university;
(d) Courses/programs awarded one or more continuing education
units by the course sponsor, with a passing grade where grades are issued, shall equal 10 continuing education hours per CEU;
(e) One hour of credit shall be awarded for each hour of continuing education in course work, seminars, or professional technical presentations made at meetings, conventions, or conferences for each hour of attendance;
(f) Field trips organized and run by professional and/or technical societies or in conjunction with meetings, conventions, or conferences shall be awarded one continuing education hour for each hour of duration, up to 8 continuing education hours per day.
(g) Teaching or instructing qualifying courses or seminars or
making presentations at technical meetings shall earn continuing education hours at a rate twice that of participants. Teaching credit shall be valid for teaching a course or seminar for the first time only. Teaching credit shall not apply to full-time faculty teaching courses that are part of their normal teaching load;
(h) Each professional journal article, published paper, published
geological map, or published geology text book shall equal 16 continuing education hours;
(i) Active participation in professional or technical societies shall equal one continuing education hour per year and shall require that the licensee serve as an officer and/or actively participate in a committee of the organization. Continuing
education hours shall not be earned until each year of service is completed and shall be limited to 2 continuing education hours per organization, with a maximum of 4 continuing education hours per renewal period;
(j) Continuing education hours shall not be awarded for any repeat activity attended or completed.
Geo 403.07 Record Keeping.
(a) Maintaining records to be used to support continuing education hours claimed shall be the responsibility of the licensee.
(b) Records shall contain at least the following documentation:
(1) A log showing:
a. The type of activity claimed;
b. Sponsoring organization;
d. Contact information;
f. Instructor's or speaker's name and title, and
g. Number of continuing education hours earned.
(2) Attendance verification records in the form of completion certificates
or other documents supporting evidence of attendance such as:
a. Signed attendance receipts;
b. Paid receipts;
c. A copy of a listing of attendees signed by a person responsible for course or program or the course or program provider;
(c) The licensee shall retain attendance verification records for a period of at least 3 years. Such documentation shall be made available to the board for random audit and/or verification purposes. Documentation shall support continuing education hours claimed. Failure to provide documentation for audit verification shall result in disciplinary action.
(d) Not less than 5 percent of the licensees shall be randomly selected each year by the board for compliance with Geo 403.01.
Geo 403.08 Exemptions. A licensee shall be exempt from the continuing education requirements as follows:
(a) A licensee serving on temporary active duty in the armed forces of the United States for a period of time exceeding 120 consecutive days in a year shall be exempt from obtaining 12 of the continuing education hours required.
(b) Licensees experiencing disability, illness, or other extenuating circumstances which would prevent the licensee from completing the required continuing education hours shall apply in writing to the board for specific exemption. Relevant supporting documentation shall be furnished to the board when necessary for a fair and informed determination by the board.
Geo 403.09 Waiver of Continuing Education Deadline. A licensee may request waiver of continuing education deadlines provided that a petition to that effect is filed at least 30 days before the expiration of the biennial continuing education period in question, or that late filing is justified by a showing of good cause. Good cause shall include accident, illness or other extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the licensee which actually prevents the licensee from satisfying the continuing education requirements. No waiver petition shall be granted which does not propose a specific timetable for completing specific activities that will eliminate the petitioner's continuing education deficiency.
Geo 403.10 Noncompliance. Failure to complete continuing education requirements in a timely fashion, or failure to submit documentation which establishes
that said requirements were so completed, shall after notice and opportunity for hearing, result in disciplinary action pursuant to Geo 402.02 unless a waiver petition has been timely filed and duly granted by the board.
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