Readshaw’s bill allowing for carryover of continued education credits for professionals under BPOA passes House

HARRISBURG, April 11 – State Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny, today announced that H.B. 1343 has unanimously passed the House of Representatives and now moves to the state Senate for consideration. The legislation would permit the carryover of continued education credits for professionals licensed under Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs.

“Many professions require continuing education. Not allowing the carryover of those credits to the next licensing cycle impacts the choice of classes,” Readshaw said. “In addition, excess credits equals assurance the licensee will meet the continuing education requirement, so as not to have a permanent discipline record for lack of continuing education credits.”

Under H.B. 1343, which Readshaw authored, professionals required to maintain continued education credits would be able to accrue excess credits, but the carryover is only valid for one biennial renewal term.

“I’m confident this bill will allow professionals to choose classes that will impact their practice by allowing them to focus on class content more than the number of credits and eliminating the wasting of excess credits,” Readshaw said. “Also, it will help alleviate disciplinary action for lack of continuing education credits.”

The BPOA provides administrative and legal support to 29 professional and occupational licensing boards and commissions, including the licensing of physicians, engineers, accountants and real estate agents.