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(1) Each respiratory care practitioner must complete 24 continuing education (CE) units in the preceding 24 months, by the renewal deadline in even-numbered years. One CE unit is equivalent to 50 minutes in length.

(2) Licensees shall affirm an understanding of their recurring duty to comply with CE requirements as a part of license renewal.

(3) The CE requirements do not apply until a licensee's first full year of licensure.

(4) The board/staff will not preapprove CE programs or sponsors. Licensees are responsible for selecting quality programs that focus on protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the public and contribute to licensees' professional knowledge and competence. Acceptable CE activities:

(a) contribute to the licensee's knowledge and professional competence;

(b) contain significant intellectual or practical content; and

(c) are germane to the profession of a respiratory care practitioner.

(5) Identical courses or programs may be submitted for CE credit only once every two years.

(6) The board may randomly audit up to 50 percent of renewed licensees.

(7) All CE must be documented to show proof of completion. Licensees must maintain CE records for one year following the renewal cycle reporting period and make the records available upon request. Documentation must include the following:

(a) licensee name;

(b) course title and description of content;

(c) presenter or sponsor;

(d) course date(s); and

(e) number of CE hours earned.

(8) Licensees found to be in noncompliance with CE requirements may be subject to administrative suspension.


History: 37-1-131, 37-1-319, MCA; IMP, 37-1-131, 37-1-141, 37-1-306, 37-1-319, 37-1-321, MCA; NEW, 1992 MAR p. 913, Eff. 5/1/92; AMD, 1993 MAR p. 2125, Eff. 9/17/93; AMD, 1994 MAR p. 3093, Eff. 12/9/94; AMD, 1998 MAR p. 2276, Eff. 8/28/98; AMD, 2000 MAR p. 1039, Eff. 4/28/00; TRANS, from Commerce, 2003 MAR p. 1286; AMD, 2007 MAR p. 1447, Eff. 9/21/07; AMD, 2015 MAR p. 22, Eff. 1/16/15; AMD, 2019 MAR p. 749, Eff. 6/8/19; AMD, 2019 MAR p. 2241, Eff. 12/7/19.

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