WAC 246-847-065: Continued Competency


Published: 2015

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Continued competency.









Licensed occupational therapists and licensed occupational therapy assistants must complete thirty hours of continued competency every two years. (1) A minimum of twenty hours must be directly related to the practice of occupational therapy as defined in RCW 18.59.020 and WAC 246-847-010. (2) Any remaining hours may be in professional development activities that enhance the practice of the licensed occupational therapist or licensed occupational therapy assistant. (3) Beginning January 1, 2014, as part of their continued competency, occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants are required to obtain at least three hours of training every six years in suicide assessment as specified in WAC 246-847-066. (a) Except as provided in (b) of this subsection, an occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant must complete the first training required by this section during the first full continued competency reporting period after January 1, 2014, or the first full continued competency reporting period after initial licensure, whichever occurs later. (b) An occupational therapist or occupational therapy assistant applying for initial licensure on or after January 1, 2014, may delay completion of the first training required by this section for six years after initial licensure if: (i) He or she can demonstrate successful completion of a three-hour training program in suicide assessment that was completed no more than six years prior to the application for initial licensure; and (ii) The training meets the qualifications listed in WAC 246-847-066. (4) The thirty continued competency hours must be obtained through two or more of the activities listed in this subsection. Documentation for all activities must include licensee's name, date of activity, and number of hours. Additional specific documentation is defined below: (a) Continuing education course work. The required documentation for this activity is a certificate or documentation of attendance. (b) In-service training. The required documentation for this activity is a certificate or documentation of attendance. (c) Professional conference or workshop. The required documentation for this activity is a certificate or documentation of attendance. (d) Course work offered by an accredited college or university, provided that the course work is taken after the licensee has obtained a degree in occupational therapy, and the course work provides skills and knowledge beyond entry-level skills or knowledge. The required documentation for this activity is a transcript. (e) Publications. The required documentation for this activity is a copy of the publication. (f) Presentations. The required documentation for this activity is a copy of the presentation or program listing. Any particular presentation may be reported only once per reporting period. (g) Interactive online courses. The required documentation for this activity is a certificate or documentation of completion. (h) Development of instructional materials incorporating alternative media such as: Video, audio and/or software programs to advance professional skills of others. The required documentation for this activity is a program description. The media/software materials must be available if requested during audit process. (i) Professional manuscript review. The required documentation for this activity is a letter from publishing organization verifying review of manuscript. A maximum of ten hours is allowed per reporting period for this category. (j) Guest lecturer for occupational therapy related academic course work (academia not primary role). The required documentation for this activity is a letter or other documentation from instructor. (k) Serving on a professional board, committee, disciplinary panel, or association. The required documentation for this activity is a letter or other documentation from the organization. A maximum of ten hours is allowed per reporting period for this category. (l) Self-study of cassette, tape, video tape, or other multimedia device, or book. The required documentation for this activity is a two page synopsis of each item written by the licensee. A maximum of ten hours is allowed per reporting period for this category. (m) Level II fieldwork direct supervision of an occupational therapy student or occupational therapy assistant student by site designated supervisor(s). The required documentation for this activity is a name of student(s), letter of verification from school, and dates of fieldwork. A maximum of ten hours per supervisor is allowed per reporting period for this category. [Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.442 and 18.59.130. WSR 14-05-016, § 246-847-065, filed 2/10/14, effective 2/15/14. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.59.130 and 18.59.090. WSR 05-24-105, § 246-847-065, filed 12/7/05, effective 1/7/06. Statutory Authority: RCW 43.70.280. WSR 98-05-060, § 246-847-065, filed 2/13/98, effective 3/16/98. Statutory Authority: RCW 18.59.130. WSR 92-18-015 (Order 300B), § 246-847-065, filed 8/24/92, effective 9/24/92; WSR 91-11-064 (Order 171B), § 246-847-065, filed 5/16/91, effective 6/16/91; WSR 91-05-027 (Order 112B), recodified as § 246-847-065, filed 2/12/91, effective 3/15/91; WSR 90-22-011 (Order 094), § 308-171-041, filed 10/26/90, effective 11/26/90.]

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