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Hawaii PT Continuing Education

How many continuing education hours are required during a reporting period?

Physical Therapists: PTs licensed in Hawaii are required to obtain at least thirty (30) units of approved continuing competence units in each two (2) year license renewal period.

New Licensees: For first-time license renewals, if the initial license was issued less than twelve  (12) months prior to the renewal date, no continuing competence units will be required for the first renewal period. If the initial license was issued more than twelve (12) months prior to the renewal date, the licensee shall be required to obtain fifteen (15) units of approved continuing competence units for the first renewal period.

Physical Therapy Assistants: PTAs licensed in Hawaii are required to obtain at least thirty (30) units of approved continuing competence units in each two (2) year license renewal period.

Due Date

December 31st.

How is contact hour defined?

One (1) continuing competence unit is equivalent to at least fifty (50) minutes of classroom or hands on instruction.

Can CE credits be carried over into the next reporting period?

N/A

Are there any specific courses that must be taken?

For each renewal period, a licensee's continuing competence units shall include the following:

  • Two (2) units in ethics, laws, and rules (jurisprudence), or some combination thereof; and
  • Four (4) units in life support for health care professionals; provided that such training shall be comparable to, or more advanced than, the American Heart Association's basic life support health care provider course.

What types of activities can be used for the continuing education requirements?

Continuing competence units shall be obtained from a provider or agency approved by the board, including but not limited to:

  • Continuing education courses, including home and self study courses, obtained from an agency recognized by the board;
  • College coursework from an educational institution accredited by the United States Department of Education or other agency recognized by the board; and
  • Other competence related activities approved by the board or an agency recognized by the board.

What type of courses or activities are not allowed?

N/A

What type of approval is needed for the courses?

2021 List of Board- Approved Continuing Competence

What are the reporting requirements?

At the time of renewal, each licensee shall submit evidence of completing the required continuing competence units to the board or agency designated by the board. Failure to present evidence of compliance at the time of renewal shall constitute a forfeiture of the license, which may be restored only upon written application and payment to the board of a restoration fee and proof of compliance with continued competence requirements.

Documentation requirements

Each licensee shall keep and maintain records showing that each course or activity for which credit is claimed has been completed.

These records shall reflect the title of the course or activity, the date taken or completed, and the record of participation.

Each licensee shall retain such documentation for a period of seven years after the course or activity concludes.

Each licensee shall provide copies of such documentation to the board or its designee within fourteen calendar days after being requested to provide such documentation.

Waiver

Prior to the expiration of a renewal period, a licensee may submit a written request to the board for an exemption from the continuing competence requirements.

The request for an exemption shall include the following information:

    • Evidence that, during the two-year period prior to the expiration of the license, the licensee was residing in another country for one year or longer, reasonably preventing completion of the continuing competence requirements;
    • Evidence that, during the two-year period prior to the expiration of the license, the licensee was ill or disabled for one year or longer as documented by a licensed physician, surgeon, or clinical psychologist, preventing completion of the continuing competence requirements; or
    • Evidence that, during the two-year period prior to the expiration of the license, a dependent family member of the licensee was ill or disabled for one year or longer as documented by a licensed physician, surgeon, or clinical psychologist, preventing completion of the continuing competence requirements.

The above exemptions shall not be granted for more than one renewal period. In the event a licensee cannot complete the continuing competence requirements during the two (2) year period after receiving an exemption, the licensee may only renew the license on an inactive status.

When a licensee is absent from the State because of military service for a period of one year or longer during the two (2) year renewal period, preventing completion of the continuing competence requirement, the board may provide an exemption from the continuing competence requirement for more than one renewal period.

Audit

The board may randomly audit a licensee's continuing competence units, and may establish guidelines for random audits.

References

H.R.S. §461J-10.1

H.R.S. §461J-10.13

H.R.S. §461J-10.14

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