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2015 Edition, Issue 1


Coursework Audits

In 2013, the coursework reporting requirement for California license renewal was streamlined as a result of the passage of AB 1746 (Chapter 240, Statutes of 2010). Licensees must certify completion of coursework (within the previous two years) at the time of renewal instead of submitting course provider documentation to the Board (as was required prior to 2013). Beginning January 2013, the Board also implemented an audit process and began to audit renewals to ensure licensee compliance with the coursework requirement.

The coursework requirement has not changed. Licensees are still required to complete five hours of coursework on disability access requirements, which must include information and practical guidance concerning the requirements imposed by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (Public Law 101–336; 42 U.S.C. Sec. 12101 et seq.), state laws that govern access to public facilities, and federal and state regulations adopted pursuant to those laws. Coursework must be presented by trainers or educators with knowledge and experience background in disability access requirements.

For the audit process, all licensees are required to retain records that document the completion of the required coursework for two years from the date of license renewal and must make those records available to the Board for auditing upon request. The records should include information such as course title, subjects covered, name of provider and trainer or educator, date of completion, number of hours completed, and a statement about the trainer’s or educator’s knowledge and experience background). A licensee who provides false or misleading information to the Board will be subject to an administrative citation, which may include an administrative fine, or to disciplinary action by the Board.

Information regarding the coursework reporting requirement is available on the Board’s website. Any questions regarding the requirement can be directed to the Board at (916) 574-7220.