New CE Implementation

FAQS ON CONTINUING EDUCATION (CE) REQUIREMENTS

The following information has answers to frequently asked questions about the new CE requirements taking effect July 1, 2012.  This will help you understand what is expected and how to handle the transitions required.

WHO IS REQUIRED TO TAKE CE AND WHEN AFTER 7/1/2012?

The following workers must complete 12 hours of CE by their birthdate.

  • All long term care (LTC) workers required to become certified as home care aides (HCA).  CE is only required after there has been a full year between the initial date of certification and the person's birthdate.  If a new certified HCA's birthdate comes before that full year, he or she must renew their certification but are not required to take CE.  CE (and certification renewal) would be required the next year by the person's birthdate. 
  • All long term care workers exempt from becoming certified as HCAs. 
  • Adult family home providers and administrators.
  • Assisted living facility administrators or designees.  An assisted living administrator with a current nursing home administrator license is exempt from this requirement.

Any LTC worker required to complete CE in 2012 must complete their CE requirements by their birthdate – NOT the calendar year.  A worker whose birthdate is:

  • Between 1/1/12 and 6/30/12 this year, must complete 10 hours of CE by 6/30/12.  If this does not happen, the worker cannot continue to work.
  • 7/1/12 or later this year, must complete his or her CE hours by their birthdate.  If this does not happen, the worker cannot continue to work.  If this worker completes 10 CE hours by 6/30/12, he or she has completed all required CE hours for 2012 and is not required to complete the additional two CE hours required after 7/1/2012. This worker should be encouraged to complete 10 hours of CE on or before 6/30/12.

Here are some examples showing how to handle the transition to birthdate for workers who have CE required in 2012.

  • Worker 1 has a birthdate August 2 and does not complete any CE by June 30th, 2012.  All 12 hours of CE must be completed by August 2nd.
  • Worker 2 has a birthdate October 4 and completes three hours of CE by June 30th, 2012.  Nine additional hours of CE must be completed by October 4th..  
  • Worker 3 has a birthdate May 15th and completes 10 hours of CE by June 30th, 2012.   CE requirements are met for this year. 
  • Worker 4 has a birthdate November 10th and completes 10 hours of CE by June 30th, 2012. CE requirements are met for this year.
  • Worker 5 has a birthdate February 10th and did not complete any CE by June 30th, 2012.  This worker cannot continue to work after July 1, 2012 until all CE requirements are met and must now complete 12 hours of CE.

2013 (and beyond) 
There are no extensions to complete CE in 2013 for LTC workers with birthdates early in the year.  All LTC workers must complete 12 hours of new CE by their birthdate in 2013 (and in all following years).  For example, a worker whose birthday is January 15:

  • Had until June 30th, 2012 to meet their CE requirements in 2012.
  • Must complete 12 hours by January 15th, 2013 to meet the 2013 CE requirement.

Encourage workers with birthdates early in the year to start taking CEs after 7/1/2012 to make sure the 12 hours are completed on time for 2013.

WHAT HAPPENS IF A WORKER DOES NOT MEET HIS OR HER CE REQUIREMENTS IN THE REQUIRED TIMELINE?

The person can no longer be employed as a long term care worker if they miss their deadline and cannot be reinstated as a long term care worker until he or she completes the CEs required on their own time and expense.

ARE THERE ANY LTC WORKERS EXEMPT FROM CE?

Yes, but only these specific  Individual Providers:

  • Caring only for their own biological, step or adoptive son or daughter.
  • Providing 20 hours or less of care for one person in any calendar month.

WHERE DO I FIND THE WACS RELATED TO CE?

Feel free to call us if you have any questions about CE.  We are currently in the process of submitting our courses for approval so you will have an online CE option for your staff.


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