Act 31 - How to become an approved CE Provider
ORGANIZATIONS, ENTITIES OR
INDIVIDUALS WHO WANT TO BE AN APPROVED TRAINING PROVIDER UNDER ACT 31
RELATING TO CHILD ABUSE RECOGNITION AND REPORTING FOR MANDATORY
The procedures to submit a course for DHS approval is set forth in the attachment entitled "Submission
Procedure to the Department of Human Services Regarding Course Approval
for Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Training for Mandated
Reporters." More information regarding DHS’s requirements for approved courses is found in the attachment entitled "Department
of Human Services Course Approval Outline for Child Abuse Recognition
and Reporting Training for Mandated Reporters."
Please note that under Act 31, effective January 1, 2015,
applicants for licensure by any of the health-related licensure boards
and the State Board of Funeral Directors must demonstrate that they have
completed 3 hours of DHS-approved training in child abuse recognition
and reporting. It is this pre-licensure training that requires only DHS
approval. No approval by the Department of State or any of its licensing
boards under the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs is
required. Applicants will be required to produce documentation
evidencing completion of the training as a condition of licensure.
Conversely, under Act 31 current licensees of the health-related
boards and the State Board of Funeral Directors must complete 2 hours of
Board-approved continuing education in child abuse recognition and
reporting as a condition of renewal of a license after December 31,
2014. Those organizations, entities and individuals that are seeking
"Board approval" must submit the required course materials to both DHS
and the Department of State’s Bureau of Professional and Occupational
Affairs as set forth in the attached "Submission Procedures."
approved course providers will be provided a secure sFTP site through
which to submit attendance/participation records electronically. Thus,
the ability to report attendance/participation electronically is a
condition of Board approval.