Senate committee approves Readshaw bill allowing carryover of continuing education credits

HARRISBURG, June 7 – The Senate Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure Committee approved a House bill Wednesday that would permit workers licensed under the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs who are subject to a continuing education requirement to carry over excess CE credits they earn to their next license renewal period, according to the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Harry Readshaw, D-Allegheny.

Readshaw, who is Democratic chairman of the House Professional Licensure Committee, said that by amending the current law to permit carryover of excess credits, H.B. 1343 would lend some flexibility to the continuing education process. 

“Carryover would allow licensees to create a cushion in the continuing education requirement by accumulating additional credits,” Readshaw said. “It would also permit them to choose classes without fear of paying for unused credits, which would give them the freedom to choose courses based on content, not on the number of credits provided.”

Readshaw added that carryover credits would be valid for one biennial renewal term only.

Currently, 23 of the state’s 29 licensing boards require some amount of continuing education for license renewal. Of those boards with a continuing education requirement, only one – psychology – currently allows carryover of excess credits.

The bill now heads to the full Senate for consideration.