|(a) The purpose of this section is to establish the
continuing education requirements a licensee shall meet to maintain
licensure. The requirements are intended to maintain and improve the
quality of services provided to the public by licensed athletic trainers.
Continuing education experiences are programs beyond the basic education
required to obtain licensure which are designed to promote and enrich
knowledge, improve skills, and develop attitudes for the enhancement
of the practices of licensed athletic trainers, thus improving athletic
training care to the public.
(b) Hours required for continuing education. A licensee
must complete 20 clock-hours of continuing education during each two-year
period. The continuing education must include 2 clock-hours of training
in concussion management. In addition to the 20 clock-hours of continuing
education, a licensee must also successfully complete a cardiopulmonary
resuscitation (CPR) techniques course and an automated external defibrillation
course during each two-year period. The two-year period begins on
the first day following the license issuance month and ends upon the
expiration date of the license.
(c) Continuing education credit undertaken by a licensee
for renewal shall be acceptable if the experience falls in one or
more of the following categories:
(1) academic courses at a regionally accredited college
or university related to sports medicine;
(2) clinical courses related to athletic training and/or
(3) in-service educational programs, training programs,
institutes, seminars, workshops and conferences in sports medicine
or athletic training;
(4) instructing or presenting education programs or
activities without compensation at an academic course, in-service
educational programs, training programs, institutes, seminars, workshops
and conferences in athletic training or sports medicine not to exceed
five clock-hours each continuing education period;
(5) publishing a book or an article in a peer review
journal relating to athletic training or sports medicine not to exceed
five clock-hours each continuing education period;
(6) serving as a skills examiner at the state licensure
examination not to exceed one clock-hour of continuing education credit
for each examination date for a maximum of four clock-hours of credit
each continuing education period; or
(7) successful completion of a self-study program in
athletic training or sports medicine, not to exceed eight clock-hours
each continuing education period.
(d) Continuing education experience shall be credited
(1) Completion of course work at or through an accredited
college or university shall be credited for each semester hour on
the basis of two clock-hours of credit for each semester hour successfully
completed for credit or audit as evidenced by a certificate of successful
completion or official transcript.
(2) Parts of programs which meet the criteria of subsection
(c)(2) or (3) of this section shall be credited on a one-for-one basis
with one clock-hour of credit for each clock-hour spent in the continuing
(3) A clock-hour shall be 50 minutes of attendance
and participation in an acceptable continuing education experience.
(4) Successful completion of courses described in subsection
(c)(7) of this section is evidenced by a certificate of completion
presented by the sponsoring organization of the self-study program.
(5) Approval by the continuing education committee
must be obtained for each continuing education program as described
in subsection (c) of this section, unless continuing education credit
is granted by a national, regional or state health care professional
(6) Successful completion of courses related to athletic
training and/or sports medicine as described in subsection (c)(2)
and (3) of this section is evidenced by a certificate of completion
or attendance that is issued by the sponsoring organization of the
(e) Requests for approval of continuing education experience
should address the following criteria:
(1) relevance of the subject matter to increase or
support the development of skill and competence in athletic training;
(2) objectives of specific information or skill to
(3) subject matter, educational methods, materials,
and facilities utilized, including the frequency and duration of sessions
and the adequacy to implement learner objectives; and
(4) sponsorship and leadership of programs; including
the name of the sponsoring individual(s) or organization(s), and program
leaders or faculty if different from sponsors and contact person.
(f) The board shall employ an audit system for continuing
education reporting. The licensee shall be responsible for maintaining
a record of his or her continuing education experiences. The certificates,
diplomas, or other documentation verifying earning of continuing education
hours are not to be forwarded to the board at the time of renewal
unless the licensee has been selected for audit.
(g) The audit process shall be as follows.
(1) The department shall select for audit a random
sample of licensees for each renewal month. Licensees will be notified
of the continuing education audit when they receive their renewal
(2) All licensees selected for audit will furnish documentation
such as official transcripts, certificates, diplomas, an affidavit
identifying the continuing education experience satisfactory to the
board, or any other documentation requested by the board to verify
having earned the required continuing education hours. The documentation
must be provided to the department with the renewal form and payment.
(3) Failure to timely furnish this information or knowingly
providing false information during the audit process or the renewal
process are grounds for disciplinary action against the licensee.
(h) A licensee who has failed to complete the requirements
for continuing education may be granted a 180-day extension to the
continuing education period.
(1) The request for an extension of the continuing
education period must be made in writing.
(2) The subsequent continuing education period shall
end two years from the date the previous continuing education period
expired or upon the expiration of the license, not the date of the
end of the extension period.
(3) Credit earned during the extension period may only
be applied to the previous continuing education period.
(4) A license may be renewed upon completion of the
required continuing education within the given extension period, submission
of the license renewal form, and payment of the applicable late renewal
(i) A person who fails to complete continuing education
requirements for renewal and fails to request an extension to the
continuing education period may not renew the license. The person
may obtain a new license by complying with the current requirements
and procedures for obtaining a license.
(j) The continuing education committee may not grant
continuing education credit to any licensee for:
(1) education incidental to the regular professional
activities of a licensee such as learning occurring from experience
(2) professional organization activity such as serving
on committees or councils or as an officer;
(3) any continuing education activity completed before
or after the period of time described in subsection (b) or (h) of
this section; or
(4) performance of duties that are routine job duties
|Source Note: The provisions of this §871.12 adopted to be effective October 10, 2004, 29 TexReg 9370; amended to be effective September 8, 2005, 30 TexReg 5368; amended to be effective March 2, 2008, 33 TexReg 1547; amended to be effective June 25, 2013, 38 TexReg 3985