Mandatory Continuing Education Reviews
Any group or association proposing a mandatory continuing education requirement or a continuing competency requirement that includes mandatory continuing education, for any regulated occupation or profession, in any bill before the General Assembly, must first submit information concerning the need for such a requirement to COPRRR.
We review and analyze the evidence and the proposal and report in writing to the General Assembly as to whether continuing competency with mandatory continuing education or mandatory continuing education alone would likely protect the public served by the practitioners.
Mandatory Continuing Education Statute
Section 24-34-901, Colorado Revised Statutes - Proposed continuing education requirements for regulated occupations and professions - review by office of executive director.
(1) Before any bill is introduced in the general assembly that contains, or any bill is amended to contain, a mandatory continuing education requirement for any occupation or profession, the practice of which requires a State of Colorado license, certificate, or registration, the group or association proposing such mandatory continuing education requirement shall first submit information concerning the need for such a requirement to the office of the executive director of the department of regulatory agencies. The executive director shall impartially review such evidence, analyze and evaluate the proposal, and report in writing to the general assembly whether mandatory continuing education would likely protect the public served by the practitioners. Proposals may include, but need not be limited to: Information that shows that the knowledge base for the profession or occupation is changing; that mandatory continuing education of this profession or occupation is required in other states; if applicable, that any independent studies have shown that mandatory continuing education is effective in assuring the competency of practitioners. The proposal may also include any assessment tool that shows the effectiveness of mandatory continuing education and recommendations about sanctions that should be included for noncompliance with the requirement of mandatory continuing education. The provisions of this section shall not be applicable to:
(a) Any profession or occupation that, as of July 1, 1991, has mandatory continuing education requirements in place;
(b) Any bill that is introduced as a result of a legislative interim committee and that as introduced in the general assembly includes a mandatory continuing education requirement.
(2) This section is exempt from the provisions of section 24-1-136, and the periodic reporting requirement of this section shall remain in effect until changed by the general assembly acting by bill.