VOLUME 46, ISSUE 11
ISSUE DATE: JUNE 2, 2014
LAW AND PUBLIC SAFETY
DIVISION OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS
AUDIOLOGY AND SPEECH-LANGUAGE PATHOLOGY ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Proposed Amendments:N.J.A.C. 13:44C-6.2
Allocation of Credit
Authorized By: Steve C. Lee, Acting Director, Division of Consumer Affairs.
Authority: N.J.S.A. 45:3B-24.
Calendar Reference: See Summary below for explanation of exception to calendar requirement.
Proposal Number: PRN 2014-075
Submit written comments by August 1, 2014, to:
Renee Clark, Executive Director
Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology Advisory Committee
Division of Consumer Affairs
124 Halsey Street
PO Box 45002
Newark, New Jersey 07101
The agency proposal follows:
N.J.A.C. 13:44C-6.2 requires licensed audiologists and speech-language pathologists to complete 20 credit hours of continuing education in order to renew licensure. The Director of the Division of Consumer Affairs (Division) proposes amendments to N.J.A.C. 13:44C-6.2, so that licensees who are renewing their license for the first time will not have to complete these continuing education credit hours.
The Director has determined that the comment period for this notice of proposal shall be 60 days; therefore, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 1:30-3.3(a)5, this notice is excepted from the rulemaking calendar requirement.
The proposed amendments will have a positive impact on newly licensed audiologists and speech-language pathologists. Such individuals will not have to complete continuing education during their first biennial renewal period of licensure.
The proposed amendments will have a beneficial economic impact on individuals who have just obtained their license as audiologists or speech-language pathologists. Such individuals will no longer be required to incur costs in order to complete continuing education requirements.
Federal Standards Statement
A Federal standards statement is not required because there are no Federal standards or requirements applicable to the subject matter of the proposed amendments.
The proposed amendments will not increase or decrease the number of jobs in New Jersey.
Agriculture Industry Impact
The Director does not believe that the proposed amendments will have any impact on the agriculture industry of this State.
Regulatory Flexibility Statement
Since the holders of audiology and speech-language pathology licenses are individually licensed by the Committee, under the Regulatory Flexibility Act (the Act), N.J.S.A. 52:14B-16 et seq., they may be considered "small businesses" for the purposes of the Act.
The proposed amendments do not impose any compliance, recordkeeping, or reporting requirements. Therefore, a regulatory flexibility analysis is not required.
Housing Affordability Impact Analysis
The proposed amendments will have an insignificant impact on affordable housing in New Jersey and there is an extreme unlikelihood that the rules would evoke a change in the average costs associated with [page=1323] housing because the proposed amendments concern continuing education requirements for new audiology and speech-language pathology licensees.
Smart Growth Development Impact Analysis
The proposed amendments will have an insignificant impact on smart growth and there is an extreme unlikelihood that the rules would evoke a change in housing production in Planning Areas 1 or 2, or within designated centers, under the State Development and Redevelopment Plan in New Jersey, because the proposed amendments concern continuing education requirements for new audiology and speech-language pathology licensees.
Full text of the proposal follows (additions indicated in boldface thus; deletions indicated in brackets [thus]):
SUBCHAPTER 6. CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS
13:44C-6.2 Allocation of credit
(a) [Applicants] Except as set forth in (b) below, applicants for biennial license renewal shall complete 20 credit hours of continuing education related to the practice of audiology or speech-language pathology in the preceding biennial renewal period.
(b) Licensees applying for their first biennial renewal are exempt from the continuing education requirements in (a) above.
[(b)] (c) A licensee may obtain continuing education credit hours from the following sources:
1. Giving a new seminar, webinar, teleconference, lecture, or in-service workshop related to the practice of audiology or speech-language pathology: one credit hour per each hour of actual presentation of the seminar, lecture, or workshop, up to a maximum of 10 credit hours.
i. As used in [(b)1] (c)1 above, "new" means that the licensee has never presented the seminar, lecture, or in-service workshop before in any setting;
2. Teaching a new undergraduate course related to the practice of audiology or speech-language pathology at a college or university accredited by a regional accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education, Office of Postsecondary Education, or new graduate course in a college or university accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association: six credit hours for each new course up to a maximum of 12 credit hours.
i. As used in [(b)2] (c)2 above, "new" means that the licensee has never taught the course before in any educational setting
3.-9. (No change.)