Requirements: 24 PDHs, including 2 hours in ethics, by June 30 of even numbered years.
May carryover a maximum of 12 PDHs to the next biennium for hours obtained above and beyond the required 24 PDHs.
Continuing education must consist of learning experiences which enhance and expand the skills, knowledge, and abilities of practicing professionals to remain current and render competent professional services to the public. Practitioners may pursue technical, nontechnical, regulatory, ethical, and business practice needs for a well-rounded education provided the education directly benefits the health, safety, or welfare of the public. Continuing education activities which satisfy the professional development requirement include, but are not limited to, the following:
(1) completing or auditing college-sponsored courses;
(2) completing self-study college or non-college-sponsored courses, presented by correspondence, Internet, television, video, or audio, ending with examination or other verification processes;
(3) participation in seminars, tutorials, televised or videotaped courses, or short courses;
(4) attending self-sponsored and prepared in-house educational programs;
(5) completing a study tour with a structured program resulting in a written or visual presentation by the licensee or certificate holder;
(6) presenting or instructing qualifying courses or seminars. Professional development hours may be earned for preparation time for the initial presentation;
(7) authoring published papers, articles, or books. Professional development hours earned may equal preparation time spent, may be claimed only following publication, and shall be given for authorship or presentation, but not for both;
(8) participating in professional examination grading or writing. A maximum of five professional development hours per biennium may be applied from this source. The hours from this source must have been earned during the biennium to which they are applied and shall not be used toward carryover;
(9) providing professional service to the public which draws upon the licensee’s or certificate holder’s professional expertise on boards, commissions, and committees such as planning commissions, building code advisory boards, urban renewal boards, or non-work-related volunteer service. A maximum of ten professional development hours per biennium may be applied from this source regardless of the number of boards, commissions, and committees the licensee or certificate holder serves. The hours from this source must have been earned during the biennium to which they are applied and shall not be used toward carryover; and
(10) patents, after they are granted, for a credit of ten professional development hours. The patent must have been granted during the biennium to which the hours are applied and shall not be used toward carryover.
Criteria. (a) Continuing education courses and activities must meet the criteria in paragraphs (b) to (f).
(b) There must be a clear purpose and objective for each activity which will maintain, improve, or expand skills and knowledge obtained prior to initial licensure or certification or develop new and relevant skills and knowledge.
(c) The content of each presentation must be well organized and presented in a sequential manner.
(d) There must be evidence of preplanning which must include the opportunity for input by the target group to be served.
(e) The presentation must be made by persons who are well qualified by education or experience.
(f) There must be a provision for documentation of the individual’s participation in the activity, including information required for record keeping and reporting.
“The Minnesota Board does not pre-approve courses and activities, however to the best of our knowledge this course/activity meets the continuing education requirements outlined in MN Statute 326.107. Final discretion is up to the Board