Registered Accessibility Specialists must complete eight (8) hours of continuing education to renew their registration. The continuing education hours must include four hours of instruction in department-approved courses in one or more of the following topics:
- Texas Government Code, Chapter 469 – Elimination of Architectural Barriers;
- 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 68 – Administrative Rules;
- Texas Accessibility Standards;
- Technical Memoranda as published by the Department; or
- Registered Accessibility Specialist Procedures as published by the Department.
Additional topics that may be used for the remaining four hours:
Other laws and standards-
- Americans with Disabilities Act Accessibility Guidelines (ADAAG) or any other accessibility guidelines proposed or adopted by the Access Board or United States Department of Justice;
- Americans with Disabilities Act;
- International Code Council/American National Standards Institute (ANSI) A117.1 Standard on Accessible and Usable Buildings and Facilities;
- Life Safety Code;
- Fair Housing Act;
- Business Practices; or
A registered accessibility specialist may receive up to four hours of continuing education credit per renewal for completing courses that are not approved by the department under Chapter 59, and that are offered by providers not registered with the department under Chapter 59, subject to the following conditions:
- The courses must be dedicated to instruction in one or more of the topics listed above;
- The courses must be offered by a college or university, professional organization, or government agency;
- The registered accessibility specialist must certify at the time of renewal the number of hours completed;
- The department has final authority to deny any hours of credit claimed by a registered accessibility specialist;
- Credit received under this criteria may not count toward the required four hours of instruction in department-approved courses.
Continuing education hours must be completed within the term of the current registration being renewed. For example, if a registration expires on January 15, 2014, the continuing education courses taken to renew that registration must have been taken between January 15, 2013 and January 14, 2014.
For a late renewal, the continuing education courses must have been completed within the one-year period immediately prior to the date of renewal.
A registrant may not receive continuing education credit for attending the same course more than once during the one-year period for which the course is approved. Further, a registrant shall retain a copy of the certificate of completion for a course for three years after the date of completion. In conducting any inspection or investigation of the registrant, the department may examine the registered accessibility specialist’s records to determine compliance.Please note that the reporting of continuing education hours is the responsibility of the continuing education provider. Registrants may check their hours at the Continuing Education Courses Look Up. If the hours have not been reported, the licensee should contact the provider first to ensure that the hours are reported. If the reporting issue is not resolved, they have the option of filing a complaint.