Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania ACT 31 Approved Training for All Mandated and Permissive Reporters
Act 31 of 2014 Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting CE Requirements.


Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Pennsylvania ACT 31Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting in Pennsylvania – 2 Hours
Course Curriculum: Click Here  | Mandatory for Renewal
PA CE Provider Number: CACE000073 | Program Number: CAPR000071
CE Course Number: BS000001 |  Electronic Reporting to DOS
$15
Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting Pennsylvania ACT 31Child Abuse Recognition and Reporting in Pennsylvania – 3 Hours
Program Announcement: Click Here | Mandatory for Initial License
PA CE Provider Number: CACE000073 | Program Number: CAPR000071
CE Course Number: BS000002 |  Electronic Reporting to DOS
$20
Pennsylvania Mandated Training Requirements (Act 31):

Pennsylvania ACT 31 of 2014 states that the Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs (BPOA), in conjunction with the Department of Human Services (DHS) is required to ensure that all persons applying for issuance of an initial license as a health-related licensee or funeral director (mandatory reporters under section 6311 of the Child Protective Services Law (CPSL) (23 P.S.§ 6311)) shall be required to complete 3 hours of DHS-approved training in child abuse recognition and reporting requirements as a condition of licensure.

Additionally, effective with the first license renewal after January 1, 2015, all health related licensees and funeral directors applying for the renewal of a license issued by the Board are required to complete at least 2 hours of Board-approved continuing education in child abuse recognition and reporting requirements as a condition of renewal.

Act 31 applies to all health-related licensees (except for licensees of the State Board of Veterinary Medicine), regardless of whether they are subject to the continuing education requirements of the applicable Board. For example, although licensed practical nurses have no independent continuing education requirement at this time, they are required to complete the Act 31 continuing education in child abuse recognition and reporting requirements.

Under Act 31, effective January 1, 2015, applicants for licensure by any of the health-related licensure Boards and the State Board of Funeral Directors must demonstrate that they have completed 3 hours of DHS-approved training in child abuse recognition and reporting. A list of DHS-approved courses is available at http://keepkidssafe.pa.gov/training/index.htm.

Under Act 31 current licensees of the health-related Boards and the State Board of Funeral Directors must complete 2 hours of Board-approved continuing education in child abuse recognition and reporting as a condition of renewal of a license after December 31, 2014. The Department of State/Board will accept at least 2 hours of Department of Human Services (DHS) approved training to meet this requirement, as well.

Act 31 (for both initial licensure and renewal) applies to all health-related licensees and funeral directors, regardless of whether they are subject to the continuing education requirements of their applicable Board. Initial licenses will not be issued and a license will not be renewed until the requirements under Pennsylvania ACT 31 have been met.

The 2 hours of child abuse recognition and reporting continuing education hours can be part of the total hours required to renew your license. For example: If you are required to complete 100 hours of continuing education in order to renew your license, do you not need to complete 102 hours in order to renew. However, you cannot substitute the 2 hours of child abuse recognition and reporting continuing education hours for any Board specific continuing education (i.e., ethics, public health, etc.)

The following Boards have indicated that they will allow licensees who complete a three (3) hour DHS approved course to apply the one (1) additional hour of the three hour course to meet the child abuse and/or Board required continuing education requirements for renewal. The 1 additional hour that will be accepted must be completed as part of one 3 hour course and cannot be a combination of separately completed child abuse recognition and reporting courses.

  • State Board of Chiropractic
  • State Board of Funeral Directors
  • State Board of Massage Therapy
  • State Board of Nursing
  • State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrator
  • State Board of Occupational Therapy
  • State Board of Optometry
  • State Board of Pharmacy
  • State Board of Physical Therapy
  • State Board of Psychology
  • State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors
  • State Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology

The following Boards have indicated that they will NOT allow licensees to utilize more than 2 hours of child abuse recognition and reporting coursework towards the Board’s continuing education requirements for renewal:

  • State Board of Dentistry
  • State Board of Medicine
  • State Board of Osteopathic Medicine
  • State Board of Podiatry

Pennsylvania ACT 31 (for both initial licensure and renewal) applies to all health-related licensees and funeral directors, regardless of whether they are subject to the continuing education requirements of their applicable Board. Initial licenses will not be issued and a license will not be renewed until the requirements under Act 31 have been met.

The new law applies to all health-related licensees and funeral directors, regardless of whether they feel that they come into contact with children in their profession or not. Applicants and licensees must still complete the requirements under Act 31. Requests for this type of exemption will not be considered a valid reason for exemption.

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