Continuing Education for Registered Accessibility Specialists

Registered Accessibility Specialists must complete four (4) hours of continuing education to renew their registration. The continuing education hours must include 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
  • 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 building and life safety code related to egress, or
  • Building and life safety code related to egress

The courses must be dedicated to instruction in one or more of the topics listed above.

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.

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.