20 hours every two years
Continuing education is required as a condition of registration to ensure continuing efforts on the part of Oregon environmental health specialists and trainees to remain current with new developments in environmental sanitation and to encourage diversified training and qualifications in the profession.
Environmental health specialists must complete 2.0 credits or 20 contact hours every two years as specified in Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 338-020-0030.
Continuing education must address subject matter related to environmental sanitation under OAR 338-005-0020(3).
Continuing education requirements apply whether the renewal applicant is living or working within Oregon or outside of the state so long as Oregon registration is maintained. Hours in excess of those required for the two-year reporting period shall not be carried forward and applied toward the succeeding two-year CEU renewal requirements.
Providers and pathways
Continuing education includes attendance or participation at an instructional program presented, recognized, or under the auspices of any approved permanently organized institution or professional organization or association.
- Continuing education shall be approved for participation or attendance at an approved instructional program presented, recognized, or under the auspices of any institution, agency, professional organization or association that conducts educational meetings, workshops, symposiums, seminars and other such activities where CEU credit is offered.
- Completion of established courses taken from a recognized college or university at the same rate of credit established by that institution.
- Professional courses that meet academic requirements in content, instruction and evaluation will be assigned CEU credit at the same rate as academic courses.
- Courses that do not meet standards as set forth in paragraphs (a) and (b) of this subsection, such as workshops, symposiums, seminars, laboratory exercises, or any applied experience with or without formal classroom work may receive credit at the rate of one (1) CEU for each 10 contact hours of attendance.
Licensees must attest, or declare, they have met continuing education requirements upon license renewal and are subject to periodic audits specified in OAR 331-415-0020.
Applicants for license renewal must submit the completed renewal form, with their signature affixed as attestation to completion of required continuing education hours. Documentation of continuing education hours earned must be provided to the HLO only when selected for audit.
HLO audits a percentage of registrants randomly for continuing education requirements. Practitioners notified of selection for audit of continuing education requirements must submit to the agency, within 30 calendar days from the date of notification, satisfactory evidence of participation in required continuing education.
Documentation of a certificate of completion of attendance at a program or course provided by the sponsor must include:
- Name of sponsoring institution/association or organization
- Title of presentation and description of content
- Name of instructor or presenter
- Date of attendance and duration in hours
- Course agenda
- Official transcript, diploma, certificate, statement or affidavit from the sponsor, attesting to attendance
Documentation verifying completion of all required continuing education shall be accumulated and held by the environmental health specialist for two years following any reporting period, or until notification of audit is received. Continuing education documentation must be available and provided to the HLO upon request.
If documentation of continuing education is invalid or incomplete, the registrant must correct the deficiency within 30 calendar days from the date of notice. Failure to correct the deficiency within the prescribed time shall constitute grounds for disciplinary action.
Misrepresentation of continuing education, or failing to meet continuing education requirements or documentation may result in disciplinary action, which may include but is not limited to assessment of a civil penalty and suspension or revocation of the registration.
Continuing Education: Frequently Asked Questions
- Registrants failing to obtain the prescribed number of clock hours and/or complete appropriate continuing education content must reapply and meet requirements listed in OAR 331-410-0065.
- Hours of continuing education that are obtained in excess of the minimum requirements will not be carried forward as credit for the subsequent registration renewal reporting cycle.
- Continuing education is required for renewal even if the environmental health specialist registration has been inactive, revoked or suspended during that period.
To obtain pre-approval of continuing education courses, please submit a completed continuing education approval request form to the HLO.
Contact HLO at 503-378-8667 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.