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The list of registered CE providers for Registered Accessibility Specialist is now available
For holders of a Registered Accessibility Specialist licenses expiring on or after March 1, 2009, eight hours of continuing education will be required to renew the license. The continuing education hours must include four hours of instruction in department-approved courses in one or more of the following topics:
- Texas Government Code, Chapter 469 – Elimination of Architectural Barriers;
- 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 68 – Administrative Rules;
- Texas Accessibility Standards;
- Technical Memoranda as published by the Department; or
- Registered Accessibility Specialist Procedures as published by the Department.
Additional topics that may be used for the remaining four hours:
Other laws and standards-
- Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) or any other accessibility guidelines proposed or adopted by the Access Board or United States Department of Justice;
- Americans with Disabilities Act;
- International Code Council/American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A117.1 Standard on Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities;
- Life Safety Code;
- Fair Housing Act;
- Business Practices; or
A registered accessibility specialist may receive up to four hours of continuing education credit per renewal for completing courses that are not approved by the department under Chapter 59, and that are offered by providers not registered with the department under Chapter 59, subject to the following conditions:
- The courses must be dedicated to instruction in one or more of the topics listed above;
- The courses must be offered by a college or university, professional organization, or government agency;
- The registered accessibility specialist must certify at the time of renewal the number of hours completed;
- The department has final authority to deny any hours of credit claimed by a registered accessibility specialist;
- Credit received under this criteria may not count toward the required four hours of instruction in department-approved courses.
Continuing education hours must be completed within the term of the license being renewed. For example, if a license expires on October 1, 2008, the continuing education courses taken to renew that license must have been taken between October 1, 2007 and October 1, 2008.
For a late renewal, the continuing education courses must have been completed within the one-year period immediately prior to the date of renewal.
Licensees may not receive continuing education credit for attending the same course more than once for one renewal period. Further, licensees must retain a copy of the certificate of completion for a department-approved course for one year after the date of completion and shall retain a copy of the certificate of completion for a not approved by the department for three years after the date of completion. In conducting any inspection or investigation of the licensee, the department may examine the licensee’s records to determine compliance.