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Virginia Administrative Code
10/4/2022

Part IV. Continuing Professional Education

18VAC160-30-190. Continuing professional education.

A. Each licensee shall have completed the following number of continuing professional education (CPE) contact hours during each renewal cycle. CPE provisions do not apply for the renewal of licenses that were held for less than two years on the date of expiration.

1. Class 1, Class 2, and Class 3 waterworks and wastewater works operators shall obtain a minimum of 20 contact hours.

2. Class 4 waterworks and wastewater works operators shall obtain a minimum of 16 contact hours.

3. Class 5 waterworks operators shall obtain a minimum of eight contact hours.

4. Class 6 operators shall obtain a minimum of four contact hours.

B. CPE contact hours completed during the license period immediately prior to the expiration date of the license shall be acceptable in order to renew the license. CPE contact hours completed during a licensing renewal cycle to satisfy the CPE requirements of the preceding licensing renewal cycle shall be valid only for that preceding license renewal cycle and shall not be accepted for any subsequent renewal cycles.

C. The licensee will not receive CPE credit for completing the same continuing education course with the same content more than once during a license period.

D. A licensee may receive CPE credit for teaching a course that otherwise meets the requirements of this chapter; however, additional credit shall not be given for subsequent offerings of a course or activity with the same content within the same licensing cycle. In addition, a licensee may receive two hours of CPE no more than once during a single licensing cycle for the initial development or substantial updating of a CPE course.

E. Safety subjects shall not count for more than one-half of the total required CPE hours.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-201 and 54.1-2301 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 33, Issue 11, eff. April 1, 2017.

18VAC160-30-200. CPE subject matter for waterworks operators.

A. The following course topics will be accepted for CPE credit for waterworks operators:

1. Waterworks operations;

2. Monitoring, evaluating, and adjusting treatment processes and systems;

3. Operating and maintaining equipment;

4. Security and safety procedures;

5. General science and mathematical principles;

6. Administrative processes and procedures applicable to licensure; and

7. Laws and regulations applicable to the profession.

B. Of the total 20 hours required, a minimum of five contact hours pertaining to utility management is required of Class 1 and Class 2 waterworks operators.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-201 and 54.1-2301 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 33, Issue 11, eff. April 1, 2017.

18VAC160-30-210. CPE subject matter for wastewater works operators.

A. The following course topics will be accepted for CPE credit for wastewater works operators:

1. Wastewater works operations;

2. Monitoring, evaluating, and adjusting treatment processes and systems;

3. Operating and maintaining equipment;

4. Security and safety procedures;

5. General science and mathematical principles;

6. Administrative processes and procedures applicable to licensure; and

7. Laws and regulations applicable to the profession.

B. Of the total 20 hours required, a minimum of five contact hours pertaining to utility management is required of Class 1 and Class 2 wastewater works operators.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-201 and 54.1-2301 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 33, Issue 11, eff. April 1, 2017.

18VAC160-30-220. Use of training credits and formal education for CPE credit.

Any course approved by the board for substitution as training credits or formal education semester hours, as provided for in Part V (18VAC160-30-240 et seq.) of this chapter, shall also be acceptable on an hour-for-hour basis for CPE contact hours. One semester hour of college credit shall equal 15 CPE contact hours, and one-quarter hour of college credit shall equal 10 CPE credit hours.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-201 and 54.1-2301 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 33, Issue 11, eff. April 1, 2017.

18VAC160-30-230. Maintenance of CPE.

A. For a period of at least two years following the end of the license renewal cycle for which the CPE was taken, the following evidence shall be maintained to document completion of the required hours of CPE:

1. Evidence of completion of a structured training activity, which shall consist of the name, address, and telephone number of the sponsor;

2. The dates the licensee participated in the training;

3. Description of the subject matter presented; and

4. A statement from the sponsor verifying the number of hours completed.

B. The board may conduct an audit of its licensees to ensure compliance with the applicable CPE requirements. Licensees who are selected for audit shall provide the necessary documentation stipulated in this section.

Statutory Authority

§§ 54.1-201 and 54.1-2301 of the Code of Virginia.

Historical Notes

Derived from Virginia Register Volume 33, Issue 11, eff. April 1, 2017.

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