(1) Naturopaths must obtain 15 continuing education credits each renewal period except as provided in (9). At least five of the credits must be in naturopathic pharmacy. If the naturopath holds a naturopathic childbirth specialty certification as provided in ARM 24.111.510, an additional five credits per renewal period must be obtained in obstetrics. One hour of education (excluding breaks) equals one continuing education credit.
(2) No more than five continuing education credits per renewal period may be obtained through electronic or other nonlive means of program delivery.
(3) No more than three continuing education credits per renewal period will be approved for preparation of and for a single presentation of a program meeting the requirements of this rule.
(4) Continuing education programs will not be preapproved by the board or staff.
(5) In order to be approved, a continuing education program must:
(a) have significant intellectual or practical content;
(b) relate to substantive naturopathic medicine topics within the scope of practice for naturopaths in Montana, except as otherwise provided herein;
(c) be presented by person(s) qualified by practical experience and academic credentials; and
(d) issue certificates of completion (except nonlive programs) and program agendas/syllabi containing the following information:
(i) title and date(s) of program;
(ii) name(s) and qualification of presenter(s);
(iii) outline of program content;
(iv) credit hours of instruction;
(v) description of presentation delivery (i.e., live or nonlive); and
(vi) identification of sponsoring organization.
(6) Continuing education programs from other professions or academic disciplines are eligible for approval if substantially related to the role of naturopaths.
(7) In accordance with 37-1-131 , MCA, compliance with this rule shall be attested to by the naturopath on the renewal application except as provided in (8). The board will conduct random audits after each renewal period closes of 20 percent of all naturopaths with renewed licenses, for documentary verification of compliance. Documentary evidence of program completion must be maintained by the naturopath for a period of two years for audit purposes.
(8) Prior to the renewal date set by ARM 24.101.413, a naturopath may apply to the board for an extension of time to complete continuing education requirements for the period then concluding. The request must enclose a detailed plan for completion of the requirements. The board may, in its sole discretion and for good cause shown, grant an extension of time of a specific duration. If granted, the naturopath must submit documentary verification of compliance by the extension deadline set by the board.
(9) No continuing education credits are required for a naturopath renewing the naturopath's Montana license for the first time.
(10) Continuing education credit will not be approved for programs:
(a) relating to general business or economic issues other than workers' compensation; or
(b) primarily intended to educate the general public such as CPR and first aid other than programs relating to public health issues.