New Requirement to Renew on or After September 1, 2020 - Training Course on the Prevention of Human Trafficking
Note: To ensure they may renew on or after September 1, 2020, licensees are encouraged TO NOT wait until the last minute to complete this required training. One may complete this training any time during the current renewal period prior to renewal.
As of September 1, 2020, in order to renew, an OT or OTA must complete a training course approved by HHSC on the prevention of human trafficking, pursuant to HB 2059 of the 86th Leg. Session. This is a CE requirement for all license statuses and is required to restore a license expired one year or more.
In order to renew, a licensee must attest to having met CE requirements, which as of September 1, 2020, will include having completed this training.
The document accessed from the link above contains an introduction to the new requirement and brief overview of the steps to complete the SOAR to Health and Wellness course, the only course approved to meet this training requirement. The document also contains FAQs and detailed instructions.
Before registering for the course, licensees are encouraged to review at least the first part of the document, which contains this introduction and overview.
This OT page and others on this website will be updated on September 1, 2020 or soon thereafter to reflect the changes effective on that date; until then, further information may not reflect the coming changes.
CE changes that went into effect September 1, 2019
On September 1, 2019, CE rule changes took effect, including changes to the number of hours of continuing education required per renewal period.
Due to these changes, for renewals on or after September 1, 2019, 24 contact hours of CE are required.
In addition, activities approved or offered by AOTA or TOTA are pre-approved for CE credit for license renewal.
Please note that licensees are not required to take pre-approved CE. For courses from other providers, licensees are responsible for ensuring, for example, that such meet the definition of CE and are not an unacceptable activity as per §367.1, Continuing Education.
Refer to Chapter 367, Continuing Education, for further regulations all CE must meet.
Please read the OT Rules and Practice Act for CE information. Chapter 367 of the OT Rules details CE.
All Continuing Education taken for license renewal must meet requirements in Chapter 367.
Please see the additional resources and tabs below, in addition to the FAQ page.
Mentorship Agreement (pdf) - Optional form for those completing a mentorship experience for CE
* There is no maximum of contact hours that can be earned for the renewal period for the following: in-service educational programs, training programs, institutes, seminars, workshops, facility based courses, internet-based courses, conferences, and home-study courses with specified learning objectives. Hour for hour credit on program content only. Documentation shall include a certificate of completion or letter of verification.
* Documentation must identify the licensee by name, and must include the date and title of the course, the name and signature of the authorized signer, and the number of hours or contact hours awarded for the course.
When continuing education units (CEUs), professional development units (PDUs), or other units or credits are listed on the documentation, such must be accompanied by documentation from the continuing education provider noting the equivalence of the units or credits in terms of hours or contact hours. Such is not needed for AOTA CEUs, but be sure you know what such represent in hours or contact hours.
Remember that a contact hour is not the same as a learning credit, PDU, etc. When you renew, you must attest to your CE in contact hours.
* Information regarding categories of CE activities and the required documentation for each can be found in §367.2, Categories of Education. §367.3, Continuing Education Audit, provides further information regarding documentation.
For example, CE documentation includes, but is not limited to: an official transcript, AOTA self-study completion certificates, copies of official sign-in or attendance sheets, course certificates of attendance, certificates of completion, and letters of verification. In addition, when possible, licensees should keep supporting documentation that helps demonstrate how an activity meets CE requirements. For example, an official course description, syllabus, outline, and/or learning objectives may be useful if, for instance, the licensee is randomly selected for the CE Audit, as a certificate often lists just the name of a course and does not provide further information about its content.
* NBCOT Navigator® Activities. Licensees may earn CE for the completion of NBCOT Navigator activities. For such activities, 1 NBCOT CAU is the equivalent of 1 contact hour, no maximum. Documentation is a certificate of completion or letter of verification. Self-reflections and self-assessments, reading list and research portal activities, professional development plans, or similar activities are not eligible for CE credit.
* AOTA Benchmark. Licensees may earn CE for the completion of the AOTA Benchmark. Documentation is a certificate of completion or letter of verification indicating credit awarded. No maximum.