§ 47.37. Reporting by licensee of hours spent in continuing education; continuing education audit and enforcement.

 (a)  Applicants for license renewal shall provide a signed statement certifying that the continuing education requirements have been met. The certification statement will be included on the application form for renewal of licensure.

 (b)  The Board will randomly audit licensees to ensure compliance with the continuing education requirements. A licensee selected for audit shall provide information to document the licensee’s completion of required continuing education. The information must include the following:

   (1)  The date attended.

   (2)  The clock hours claimed.

   (3)  The title of course or program and description of content.

   (4)  The school, hospital, medical center or organization which sponsored the course or program.

   (5)  The instructor.

   (6)  The location of course or program.

   (7)  The Board approval number assigned to the course or program unless the provider is preapproved under §  47.36(a) (relating to preapproved providers of continuing education courses and programs for social workers and clinical social workers).

 (c)  A licensee who, as a result of an audit, is determined to be deficient in continuing education hours is subject to formal disciplinary action under section 11(a)—(c) of the act (63 P. S. §  1911(a)—(c)) or the issuance of a citation under section 5(a) of the act of July 2, 1993 (P. L. 345, No. 48) (63 P. S. §  2205(a)) as provided in §  43b.24 (relating to schedule of civil penalties—social workers, marriage and family therapists and professional counselors).

 (d)  Notwithstanding other action taken as set forth in subsection (c), a licensee who is determined to be deficient in continuing education hours is required to make up deficient hours of continuing education and submit documentation containing the information in subsection (b) to the Board within 6 months from the issuance of a warning letter, the issuance of a citation or the imposition of discipline. Hours of continuing education submitted to the Board to make up for a deficiency may not be used by the licensee to satisfy the continuing education requirement for the current biennium.

 (e)  Failure to make up the deficiencies in subsection (d) will subject the licensee to additional disciplinary action under section 11(a)—(c) of the act.


   The provisions of this §  47.37 amended under section 18(a) of the Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors Act (63 P. S. §  1918(a)).


   The provisions of this §  47.37 amended December 22, 2006, effective December 23, 2006, 36 Pa.B. 7841; amended December 13, 2013, effective December 14, 2013, 43 Pa.B. 7282. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (332396) to (332397).

Cross References

   This section cited in 49 Pa. Code §  47.31 (relating to definitions).

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