Polygraph examiner licensees must complete six hours of continuing education in courses approved by the department. These courses must be in one or more of the following topics:
- Polygraph Examiners Texas Occupations Code 1703; and Polygraph Examiners Administrative Rules, Title 16 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 88;
- Other laws and rules that regulate the conduct of Polygraph Examiners;
- Polygraph Examiner-related laws, such as history and development of polygraph, legal and ethical aspects of polygraph, physiology, psychology, interrogation and interviews, chart interpretation, question formulation and test construction, instrumentation, supervised testing and interviewing, and consulting and critique; and
- Business practices, such as insurance, polygraph examiner ethics, contracts, maintenance of trust accounts, and marketing.
Continuing education courses must be completed within the term of the license being renewed. For example, if a license expires on December 15, 2014 the continuing education courses taken to renew that license must have been taken between December 15, 2013 and December 15, 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.
Licensees may not receive continuing education credit for attending the same course more than once for one renewal period. Further, licensees must retain a copy of the certificate of completion for a course for one year after the date of completion. In conducting any inspection or investigation of the licensee, the department may examine the licensee’s records to determine compliance.
Please note that the reporting of continuing education hours is the responsibility of the continuing education provider. Licensees may check their hours from 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.