DO I HAVE TO BEGIN ACCUMULATING CONTINUING
EDUCATION HOURS AND HOW MANY DO I NEED?
All New Hampshire certified Natural Scientists
must satisfactorily demonstrate 24 continuing
education hours per biennial renewal period. All
continuing education Hours must be earned in the
licensees renewal time frame. New licensees must
obtain 12 continuing education hours within
their first renewal period.
WHAT IS A CONTINUING
EDUCATION HOUR (CEH)?
Continuing Education Hour (CEH) is equivalent to
one contact hour.
HOW CAN I
EARN THE REQUIRED CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS?
Continuing Education Hour activities
must be relevant to the practice of Natural
Scientist and should include technical, ethical
or managerial content. CEH's may be obtained
through successful completion of college
courses, participation on committees of
professional or technical societies, on-line or
correspondence courses, seminars, workshops,
teaching, vendor demonstrations, in-house
trainings, patents, publication of technical
papers or professional/technical presentations
made at meetings, conventions, or conferences.
CEH's may also be earned by publishing a
professional journal or textbook and through the
award of patents. The criteria for continuing
education activities is outlined in
administrative rules Soil 403.02 and 403.03.
DO I HAVE TO SUBMIT MY
COURSES IN ADVANCE TO THE BOARD FOR APPROVAL?
The Board does not pre-approve courses. The Board is
relying on the professional judgment of the Natural Scientist to choose courses
which comply with the administrative rules, and enhances the professional
knowledge of the practice of Soil or Wetland Science.
HOW LONG MUST I KEEP DOCUMENTATION OF CONTINUING
The Natural Scientist will be
responsible for all record keeping. Documentation must be maintained for four
years. Copies of documentation may be requested by the board for random audit
purposes per Soil 403.04.
HOW DO I REPORT MY CONTINUING EDUCATION HOURS TO
form contains a statement that includes language regarding the
completion of continuing education requirements of Soil 403. Each Natural
Scientist is required to provide a signature attesting to the completion of
their continuing education.
ARE CARRY OVER CREDITS ALLOWED?
No, carryover credits
are not allowed.
IS IT EXPENSIVE TO COMPLY WITH THE
REQUIREMENT FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION?
That depends on your individual selections. The certified
professional will be responsible for choosing programs that will meet the needs
of their scope of practice; therefore it is up to the professional
of the natural
scientist to choose the programs that
would most benefit their practice. In-house trainings given by your employer or
vendor demonstrations may count towards or possibly fulfill your CEH
ARE THERE EXEMPTIONS TO THE CEH REQUIREMENT?
Licensees on temporary active duty in the armed forces of the United States
exceeding 120 consecutive days in a year are exempt. Licensees with proof of
disability, or other extenuating circumstances may be exempt, however they must
apply to the Board for their specific exemption, per Soil 403.05, 403.06.
HOW DO I KEEP TRACK OF THE COURSES
AND SEMINARS I HAVE ATTENDED?
need to maintain your own records of continuing education.
Due to limited file space at the Joint Board office if you send your proofs of
attendance in, it will be destroyed.
Please maintain your documentation in your
files; it will be needed if you are chosen for
I LET MY CERTIFICATION LAPSED OVER 12 MONTHS HOW DO I REINSTATE IT?
There is no reinstatement application for
Wetland and Soil Scientists. If your certification is lapsed for over 12 months,
your file will be destroyed and you will be required to reapply and be
WHERE DO I OBTAIN INFORMATION ABOUT CONTINUING EDUCATION
Soil and Wetland Scientist societies, colleges and universities, professional
trade organizations or your employer may have information about Continuing
HAVE AUDITS OF COMPLIANCE WITH CONTINUING EDUCATION
GUIDELINES BEEN CONDUCTED?
Yes, the first audit was conducted in May of 2013,
10% of Soil and Wetland Scientists were randomly chosen to provide proof of
compliance with Administrative Rules Soil 403.01, Continuing education. Audits
will then be conducted on a yearly basis.
HOW WILL NATURAL SCIENTISTS BE CHOSEN FOR THE AUDIT?
A neutral third party will be retained to query the
Board's database for a random selection of Natural Scientists. No Board members
or staff will participate in selection of professionals for the audit.
HOW ARE AUDITS CONDUCTED?
Natural Scientists randomly chosen for the audit are
notified by US mail of the requirement to provide verification to the Board of
24 Continuing Education Hours claimed on their renewal and are given
approximately 30 days to submit verification. Once verification is received it
is reviewed for compliance and the Natural Scientist is notified of the audit
ARE THE AUDITS OF OTHER BOARDS A SUCCESS?
Yes, the majority of licensees audited
submitted the requested documentation completely, accurately and in a timely
manner. Every effort was made to work with licensees chosen for audit to assist
them with providing proper documentation. Upon completion of the audits, the
majority of licensees audited are able to provide verification of compliance.
WHAT TYPES OF ISSUES ARISE DURING AUDITS OF OTHER
the 2013 Engineer
audit, several licensees failed to retain verification
records as required per Administrative Rule Eng 403.07 (c) and had to go back to
the course sponsors or organizations and request documentation be reissued.
There were no disciplinary actions as a result of the 2013 Engineer audit; all
licensees were in compliance!
In the 2014 audit, two licensees voluntarily
surrendered their certification for non-compliance
with the Board's continuing education program
WHEN WILL THE NEXT AUDIT BE CONDUCTED.
Audits are conducted on an annual basis.
The first audit was conducted in 2013. There
were no compliance issues as a result of the
first audit. The second audit begun in May 2014.
Compliance issues are noted above.
WHO DO I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?
You may submit questions to Bobbie Carter, Program
Specialist II at