"Renewal" is two-part - A fee is due AND continuing education must be completed annually.
The renewal fee is $75. A "grace period" with fines was adopted by rule (read the revised language HERE).
The standard CA renewal period begins June 1 and ends July 31. No "early" renewals are accepted.
Required annual Continuing Education is SIX hours.
The Renewal Notice & CE Affidavit - ALL CA licenses expire July 31.
The OBCE mails the Chiropractic Assistant Renewal Notice and Affidavit to CAs by June 1 each year. By default, the Notice is mailed to the last-known employment address; otherwise, if none is on file, it is mailed to the CA's home address. Keep the Board notified of your changes!
The Notice is an "Invoice to Pay" the $75 renewal fee to the OBCE and an affidavit which states that you, the CA, has completed your required hours of Continuing Education. The CA must complete the Affidavit prior to returning it and the payment to the OBCE; however, do NOT sign and date the Affidavit until you have completed your CE!
IF you misplace the Renewal Notice and Affidavit that was mailed to you, or you did not receive it all, you may download the form here: Renewal Notice for CAs.
A 30 day grace period now exists (August 1 through August 31) immediately following the July 31 expiration date whereupon the chiropractic assistant may continue to practice for a short time. Any chiropractic assistant who has not renewed by September 1st, must cease practice.
A certificate that is not renewed on time (by July 31) may not be renewed except:
(a) Upon written application and payment to the board of the renewal fee plus a delinquent fee of $25 for renewals submitted between August 1st and August 31st of each year;
(b) Upon written application and payment to the board of the renewal fee plus a delinquent fee of $50 for renewals submitted on September 1st or later; and
(c) Upon compliance with or exemption from the requirements of ORS 684.092. (Submit CE)
A chiropractic assistant has up to one year following their July 31 renewal date to renew and reinstate their certificate upon meeting the provisions of (a) through (c) above. After 12 months, a person must restart the application process.
Continuing Education - SIX HOURS required annually
The Board has mandated specific CA CE for 2015-2016 license year (see details below)
General Note: Continuing education should be completed between August 1 and July 31. Do NOT wait until you receive your Renewal Notice & CE Affidavit to start looking for qualified seminars.
Policy Change: CAs who initially licensed between March 1 and May 31 of this same year are exempt from the "general" CE requirements; their renewal notice will reflect this exemption. However, in 2015 the Board has mandated that ALL NEW CAs must complete the TWO HOURS Vitals training at their first renewal. If you recieved a letter with your initial license telling you that you are exempt from CE, know that you DO have this two hour requirement to complete.
2016 Renewal and Mandated CE - For the 2015-2016 license renewal period (July 1, 2015 to July 31, 2016), ALL CAs must complete two (2) hours CE in Vitals plus every CA must complete 20 documented checks of each of the following: blood pressure, body temperature, pulse, and respiration. *A minimum of 10 people must be tested (i.e. a variety of people broadens the skill). The didactic portion will include lecture and demonstration.
The CAs supervising DC is responsible to verify by signature the successful completion of the two hours vitals training and the 20 practical checks. Use this PRESCRIBED FORM to record and certify completion of the CE and vitals checks.
These mandated hours are PART OF the CAs annual six hours,not an addition to the six. The hours are to be completed and reported to the Board by July 31, 2016
ALWAYS get documentation verifying that you attended/completed the CE activity from the sponsor of the program.
Throughout the year, use the OBCEs website to find continuing education options
. As noted on the site, the programs listed are not exclusive; if you find another program that interests you, feel free to contact the OBCE to find out if the program qualifies for CE credit (or read the Oregon Administrative Rule on CE 811-015-0025
).Payment & Mailing
Acceptable payment is by check, money order or cashier's check, or debit/credit card (VISA or Mastercard).
If paying by credit card (use this Credit Card Authorization form
Send your payment AND your Renewal Notice and Affidavit to the OBCE's Administrative Office in Salem:
OBCE, 3218 Pringle Road, SE, Suite 150 Salem, OR 97302-6311