For the purposes of this subchapter, the following terms have the following meanings:
(1) "Accredited university or college" means an institution of higher learning that is certified by its appropriate accrediting agency to meet that agency's prescribed standards.
(2) "Approved continuing education course" means any course, seminar or program of instruction that has been approved by the commissioner for presentation as part of the continuing education requirements for licensees.
(3) "Biennial cycle" means the 24-month period in which required continuing education must be completed. An initial cycle may be longer than 24 months.
(4) "Classroom setting" means a course format in which a body of students meets to study the same course materials under the direction of the same approved instructor.
(5) "Credit hours" means the value assigned to a course by the commissioner, upon review and approval of course materials and content outline.
(6) "Instructor" means an individual who meets the requirements set forth in ARM 6.6.4204, is identified by a sponsoring organization in a course submission, participates in course presentations, activities and discussions, and who may monitor the attendance and conduct of course participants or administer examinations.
(7) "Licensee" means an individual required to be licensed under Title 33, chapter 17, parts 2, 3, 4, or 5, MCA.
(8) "Proctor" means a person who monitors the attendance and conduct or the examination process for course participants, but who does not participate in course presentations, activities or discussions or complete any required examinations.
(9) "SBS" means the electronics system owned by the NAIC and enhanced in partnership with state insurance departments that provides a comprehensive, web-based application for use by state regulators.
(10) "Significant change" means a change in two or more of the following course elements:
(a) course goals or objectives;
(b) major course topic(s);
(c) course length;
(d) syllabus or course outline;
(e) teaching method, or
(f) examination method.
(11) "Self study" means those independent study methods taught outside the classroom setting through approved text, audiotape materials, videotape materials or another method of information exchange.
(12) "Sponsoring organization" means any group(s) or organization(s) and their agent(s) that submit courses for department review and offer or provide approved courses for continuing education credit to allow licensees to meet the requirements of 33-17-1203 and 33-17-1204, MCA, and are responsible for those course offerings, or any individual Montana insurance producer, adjuster, or consultant who submits a course pursuant to ARM 6.6.4203(14) for department review to allow that licensee to meet the requirements of 33-17-1203 and 33-17-1204, MCA.
History: 33-1-313, 33-17-1206, MCA; IMP, 33-17-1203, 33-17-1204, MCA; NEW, 1993 MAR p. 3004, Eff. 12/24/93; AMD, 1995 MAR p. 2793, Eff. 12/22/95; AMD, 1996 MAR p. 1661, Eff. 6/21/96; AMD, 2001 MAR p. 2457, Eff. 10/26/01; AMD, 2008 MAR p. 1455, Eff. 7/18/08; AMD, 2014 MAR p. 580, Eff. 3/28/14.