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Maine Speech Therapy Continuing Education
How many continuing education hours are required during a reporting period?
Speech-Language Pathologists: SLPs licensed in Maine are required to complete ten (10) hours of continuing education every year.
Duel Licensees: A dually-licensed speech-language pathologist and audiologist shall certify at time of license renewal to completion of sixteen (16) hours of continuing professional education every year.
New Licensees: A licensee whose initial license is issued during the first six (6) months of the one-year license term shall certify to completion of five (5) hours of continuing professional education during the preceding license term at time of first renewal. A licensee whose initial license is issued during the second six (6) months of the one-year license term need not complete any continuing professional education to be eligible for a first renewal.
SLP Assistants: N/A
How long is the reporting period?
One (1) year.
How is credit hour defined?
One hour of continuing education is earned for each hour of actual instructional time, excluding breaks, lunch and other non-instructional time.
Can CE credits be carried over into the next reporting period?
Are there any specific courses that must be taken?
What types of activities can be used for the continuing education requirements?
Live attendance at seminars, workshops, institutes and in-service training sessions. Attendance must be documented by a certificate of completion from the presenter or provider that includes the title, date and time span of the activity, the location where the activity took place, the name and credentials of the presenter and the number of hours earned; or other reliable written proof of attendance that is acceptable to the board.
Academic courses at an accredited institution of higher education. Completion must be documented by an official academic transcript.
Distance learning activities in which immediate interaction with the instructor is available. Completion must be documented by a certificate of completion from the instructor or provider that includes the title, date and time span of the activity, the URL of the provider, the name and credentials of the instructor and the number of hours earned.
Are there limitations on the types of courses that can be taken?
A maximum of four (4) hours of continuing education overall may be earned by participation in one or more of the following activities only:
What type of courses or activities are not allowed?
Continuing education credit will not be given to continuing education activities that do not directly relate to the practice of speech-language, pathology, audiology or hearing aid dealing and fitting. Examples of unacceptable content include, but are not limited to:
Content Requirement for Continuing Education Activities
To be recognized for credit, a continuing education activity must directly relate to the practice of speech-language pathology or audiology, depending on the license held by the renewing licensee. The following content areas directly relate to the practice of speech-language pathology and audiology:
What type of approval is needed for the courses?
What are the reporting requirements?
How long must continuing education records be retained?
02 643 ME. Code § 8
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