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Continuing Education Guidelines & Definitions

 

EFFECTIVE DATE:
A North Carolina Irrigation Contractors’ License is required by North Carolina General Statute 89G effective January 1, 2009.

HOURS REQUIRED:
In order for a licensee to qualify for license renewal as an Irrigation Contractor in North Carolina, the licensee must have completed ten (10) units of approved continuing education within the previous renewal period, January 1 – December 31. These ten (10) units must be a combination of 6 units of irrigation credits and 4 units of business credits. The North Carolina Irrigation Contractors’ Licensing Board shall approve all continuing education activities. Individuals who have passed the Board Exam are not required to obtain additional CEU credit in the year the exam was passed but is required to pay for and renew their license.

CARRYOVER:
Carry over credits are not allowed.

REPORTING:
Each year licensees shall be responsible for recording their continuing education electronically through the Board’s website at myaccount.nciclb.org. Continuing Education credits are reported on the honor system. Once the renewal period is over, the Board will randomly audit 10-20% of licensees. Licensees may provide proof of attendance at the time of recording their continuing education in preparation of being chosen for the audit, making them “audit ready”, or the licensee can wait until they receive an email informing them that they have been chosen for the audit. Erroneous or false information attested to by the licensee shall be deemed as grounds for denial of license renewal.

QUALIFIED CREDIT:
The Board encourages each licensee to vary the means by which the continuing education requirements are satisfied.  It is the policy of the Board that no course shall be repeated more than once in three years.  Check the course number to make sure that you have not taken the same course within a three year period.  Such requirements shall be fulfilled through active participation in courses, seminars, sessions, programs, self-directed activities and/or educationally related activities as approved by the Board. Each course, seminar, session or program to be recommended for approval by the Board shall have a direct relationship to the practice of Irrigation Contracting as defined in Chapter 89G of the General Statute of North Carolina and contain elements which will enhance the health, safety and welfare of the citizens of North Carolina. A full description of qualified credit can be obtained by referring to CEU Categories found on the website.

SPECIAL REQUEST:
The Board will consider any reasonable special requests from individual licensees for continuing education credits and procedures. The Board may, in individual cases involving physical disability, illness, or extenuating circumstances, grant a hardship or extension. An extension of the continuing education requirements shall be for a period of time not to exceed one year, except in the case of military obligations in which case the Board will grant exceptions as necessary. No extension of time shall be granted unless the licensee submits a written request to the Board.

SELF DIRECTED ACTIVITIES:
The Board will allow self-directed activities to fulfill the continuing education requirements of the licensee.  When submitted for review, the licensee must be aware that self-directed activities must be documented by the licensee within the current year reporting period.  Self-directed activities may include self-study courses, research, field studies, teaching of irrigation courses or workshops or tours as they relate to the profession of Irrigation Contracting.  Full-time academics may not include studies customarily associated with their usual university or college instructional teaching loads.

CONTINUING EDUCATION APPLICATION DEADLINE:
Continuing Education submissions are approved by committee once a month. Continuing Education submitted after October 1 cannot be guaranteed for approval within the license renewal year. If the Continuing Education is received on or before October 1, it will be evaluated in time to avoid delay in the renewal of your license. The window between the deadline for receipt of the Continuing Education and the renewal of license deadline will provide the licensee with the opportunity to:

  1. be notified that his/her Continuing Education activity has been approved or denied;
  2. resubmit the activity which has been given a deferred status (due to incompleteness or other reasons);
  3. submit other activities if any of the applicant’s initial submittals have not been approved.

FAILURE TO COMPLY:
Failure of a licensee to complete the continuing education requirements as set forth, or failure to file a report of completed continuing education, or failure to submit a written request for an extension shall be grounds for denial of license renewal and possible forfeiture of license.

An automatic extension is available for a licensee that does not complete the continuing education requirements within the previous renewal period of January 1 – December 31. Continuing Education may be earned between January 1 – March 1 of the new year with a $50.00 late fee and a reinstatement fee of $250.00.

BOARD DENIAL:
If the Continuing Education Committee does not approve the submitted Continuing Education in whole or part, the licensee will be so notified and will be granted 30 days by the Board to correct the deficiencies noted unless additional time is granted by the Board. If the Continuing Education Application is received after October 1, it will be at the discretion of the Committee as to how much time the licensee will be granted to correct the deficiencies.

APPEAL:

In the event of denial, in whole or part, of any Continuing Education Application the licensee shall have the right to submit a written appeal to the Board within 30 days of the date of notification of the denial. The appeal will be considered and the decision of the Board shall be final.


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