Excerpt from the: Winter 2015 Newsletter
Continuing education audits continue to show a high failure rate. Many who have been licensed for over 10 years are failing the audit because they do not fully understand the renewal process. My position as the audit coordinator is to explain and inform licensees of any errors I find while reviewing their audit – I am always happy to answer questions. Some of the licensees who failed their audit in 2012 failed again in 2014 - many for the same reason.
While the Board has the authority to initiate formal disciplinary action it has elected instead to charge a failed audit fee in the hope licensees will not allow a similar situation to occur. The Board wants to avoid permanent discipline, which can stay with a licensee throughout his or her career.
As of March 2, 2015, licensees or registrants who renew without completing the required thirty (30) CEU hours, including 3 hours in ethics and 3 hours in supervision (if applicable) will be charged a Failed Audit Fee of $50.00 or $100.00. The Failed Audit Fee will be charged if an audit following renewal reveals missing CEU hours, or CEU hours completed after renewal (even if the licensee or registrant renewed early). The fee will be applied after the missing CEU hours have been completed and the audit closed. Rule 4757-1-05 (License Fees) authorizes the Board to charge the Failed Audit Fee.
(K) The first incident in which a licensee fails to complete his/her continuing education for renewal as defined in division (A)(10) of section 4757.31 of the Revised Code and as defined in paragraph(HH) of rule 4757-3-01 of the administrative Code, the fee shall be as enumerated in the sub paragraphs that follow. For a second incidence, refer to paragraph (C) of rule 4757-1-07 of the administrative Code.(1) For renewal of a license or registration with one to fifteen hours of continuing education less than required shall be fifty dollars;(2) For renewal of a license or registration with sixteen to thirty hours of continuing education less than required shall be one hundred dollars; and(3) For renewal of a license or registration with enough hours, but without the required ethics or supervision continuing education hours shall be fifty dollars.
When the failed audit fee has been issued the licensee’s status will change. They will be active to practice(according to the date of the license expiration) but their status will read “active in renewal – failed audit fee”. This status will remain until the fee is paid. If the fee goes unpaid the licensee or registrant will not be able to renew in the next renewal cycle. Similar to a caution letter, the fee, once paid, will not be considered discipline or count against their license.