Effective Date of Rule: July 1, 2006.
Purpose: To implement the statutory requirements of chapter 18.210 RCW, requiring continuing education for licensed on-site wastewater treatment system designers and certified local health department inspectors.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 18.43.035.
Other Authority: Chapter 18.210 RCW.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 06-06-059 on February 28, 2006.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 13, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 13, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: April 27 [May 1], 2006.
George A. Twiss
Executive DirectorNEW CHAPTER 196-34 WAC
CONTINUING EDUCATION OF LICENSED PROFESSIONAL ON-SITE
WASTEWATER TREATMENT SYSTEM DESIGNERS AND CERTIFIED INSPECTORS
WAC 196-34-100 Purpose and effective date. The purpose of the continuing education requirement is to encourage licensed on-site wastewater treatment system designers (designers) and certificate of competency holders (inspectors), under Chapter 18.210 RCW, to maintain competency in their practice. On July 1, 2007 and thereafter, all designers and inspectors must meet these requirements as a condition of continued licensure/certification under chapter 18.210 RCW.
1. Professional Development Hour (PDH) - An hour engaged in a qualifying activity.
2. Continuing Education Unit (CEU) - Unit of credit customarily used for continuing education courses. One continuing education unit equals 10 Professional Development Hours.
3. College/Unit Semester/Quarter Hour - Completion of courses in college level curriculums satisfactory to the Board.
4. Qualifying Activity - Any activity that is related to on-site wastewater treatment systems or will help the designer or inspector to maintain their competency as an on-site wastewater treatment system professional.
5. Year - that 12-month period between the renewal and expiration of a credential for a designer or inspector.
6. Board - The Board of Registration for Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors.
|1. College hours:|
|a. Completion of 1 college semester hour||45 PDH|
|b. Completion of 1 college quarter hour||30 PDH|
|2. 1 Continuing Education Unit||10 PDH|
|3. For publication or presentation of each:|
|a. Authored technical paper or article||10 PDH|
|b. Authored book||30 PDH|
|4. Obtaining a patent||10 PDH|
|5. Membership in professional/technical societies or government committees or boards. (Not to exceed a total of 5 PDH/year)||2 1/2 PDH|
|6. For each hour of attendance in a professional or technical society meetings with an informational program. (Not to exceed a total of 5 PDH/year)||1 PDH|
|7. For each hour of attendance at meetings or hearings of the Board or On-site Advisory Committee. (Not to exceed a total of 7 1/2 PDH/year)||1 PDH|
|8. For each hour of preparation and subsequent presentation (*) of a professional development program at seminars, professional/technical meetings, conventions or conferences. (Not to exceed 10 PDH/year) (*) This credit does not apply to full-time faculty.||1 PDH|
|9. Completion of the continuing education requirements for maintaining a credential as a Registered Sanitarian.||10 PDH|
|10. For each hour of participation in committees of organizations whose purpose is to develop codes, standards, examinations and regulations.||1 PDH|
|11. For each hour of participation in an activity involving substantial and organized peer interaction, excluding time spent during regular employment. (Not to exceed a total of 5 PDH/year)||1 PDH|
|12. For each hour of participation in organized courses, including employer provided courses, on environmental health topics/first aid/safety, technical or management skills.||1 PDH|
|13. For each hour of participation in sessions or courses, sponsored by technical or professional societies, organizations or the Board.||1 PDH|
|14. For each hour of self-study. (Not to exceed a total of 5 PDH/year)||1 PDH|
|15. For each hour of work, outside normal duties of employment that involves participation in other recognized professional activities. (i.e. a designer working with a land surveyor) (Not to exceed a total of 2 PDH/year)||1 PDH|
1. Taking courses, specialized instruction or meeting performance criteria that were conditions of a board order.
2. Attendance or testimony at legislative hearings.
3. Attendance or testimony at city or county council meetings/hearings.
4. Attendance or testimony at civil or criminal trials.
5. Time spent fund raising for scholarships or other society purposes or lobbying for legislation.
6. Attendance at gatherings that are primarily social in nature.
7. Membership and/or attendance in service club meetings.
If an audit disqualifies credits that were reported to the Board by a designer or inspector and results in the licensee failing to complete the PDH requirements, the Board may require the shortage to be made up over a period of time established by the Board.
2. A designer or inspector who, through the course of an audit, is discovered to have falsified continuing education documentation to the Board is subject to disciplinary action by the Board.
The Board may grant waivers for:
a. Physical disability, prolonged illness, or other extenuating circumstances that pose a personal hardship.
b. Individuals who have been placed on active military duty for at least 120 days.