Rule Change

Rule 135-9-.01 Requirements

Beginning October 01, 2020

New Definition - What Qualifies as "In Person"

Synchronous activities require participants and instructors to be present at the same time. These activities can be face-to-face or online.  Lectures, discussions, and presentations must occur at a specific time at which all participants are present.  It may be a virtual classroom, but must allow participants to ask and teachers to answer questions instantly, either face-to-face or through instant messaging.

Synchronous activities may include, but not be limited to, the following:

  • In-person (live): Participants are physically present at the location where the presentation, lecture, workshop, or seminar is being held and are present for the entire length of the activity;

  • Webinars: A presentation, lecture, workshop, or seminar that is transmitted via the internet and allows full participation between the participants and the presenter(s); or,

  • Video conferencing: Participants are in two or more locations in a virtual conference room and communicate as if they were sitting right next to each other.

Thirty-five (35) hours of continuing education are required to be obtained within the two (2) year biennial licensure cycle to renew each license, including associate level licenses. The biennial licensure cycle is the two (2) year period beginning October 1st of each even numbered year, and ending on September 30th of every subsequent even numbered year.​

  • A minimum of five (5) of the thirty-five (35) hours shall be specifically designated as continuing education in professional ethics relating to any of the specialties of professional counseling, social work, or marriage and family therapy. Ethics hours shall be obtained through synchronous activities only.

  • Of the remaining thirty (30) hours, a minimum of fifteen (15) shall be core hours and not more than fifteen (15) shall be related hours.

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