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49 Pa. Code § 21.509. Child abuse recognition and reporting course approval process.

§ 21.509. Child abuse recognition and reporting course approval process.

 (a)  An individual, entity or organization may apply for approval to provide mandated reporter training as required under 23 Pa.C.S. §  6383(b) (relating to education and training) by submitting the course materials set forth in subsection (b) simultaneously to the Department of Human Services, Office of Children, Youth and Families, and to the Bureau at the following addresses:

   (1)  Department of Human Services, Office of Children, Youth and Families, Health and Welfare Building, 625 Forster Street, Harrisburg, PA 17120; or electronically at

   (2)  Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs, 2601 North Third Street, P.O. Box 2649, Harrisburg, PA 17105-2649; or electronically at RA-stcpsl[lowbar]course[lowbar]

 (b)  Submissions must include all of the following:

   (1)  Contact information (mailing address, e-mail address and telephone number) for the agency/course administrator.

   (2)  General description of the training and course delivery method.

   (3)  Title of the course.

   (4)  Timed agenda and estimated hours of training.

   (5)  Learning objectives.

   (6)  Intended audience.

   (7)  Course related materials, including as applicable:

     (i)   Handouts.

     (ii)   Narrated script or talking points.

     (iii)   Interactive activities or exercises.

     (iv)   Videos and audio/visual content.

     (v)   Knowledge checks, quizzes or other means of assessing participant’s understanding of the material.

     (vi)   For online courses, a transcript of audio training.

   (8)  Citation of sources, including written permission to use copyrighted material, if applicable.

   (9)  Anticipated credentials or experience of the presenter, or biography of presenter, if known.

   (10)  Printed materials used to market the training.

   (11)  Evaluation used to assess participants’ satisfaction with the training.

   (12)  Sample certificate of attendance/participation, which shall include:

     (i)   Name of participant.

     (ii)   Title of training.

     (iii)   Date of training.

     (iv)   Length of training (2 or 3 hours).

     (v)   Name and signature of the authorized representative of the provider. The signature may be an electronic signature.

     (vi)   Statement affirming the participant attended the entire course.

   (13)  Verification of ability to report participation/attendance electronically to the Bureau in a format prescribed by the Bureau.

 (c)  The Bureau will notify the individual, entity or organization in writing upon approval of the course and will post a list of approved courses on the Bureau’s web site and the Board’s web site.


   The provisions of this §  21.509 added under section 2.1(k) of The Professional Nursing Law (63 P.S. §  222.1(k)); section 17.6 of the Practical Nurse Law (63 P.S. §  667.6); and 23 Pa.C.S. §  6383(b)(2).


   The provisions of this §  21.509 added March 25, 2022, effective March 26, 2022, 52 Pa.B. 1916.

Cross References

   This section cited in 49 Pa. Code §  21.508 (relating to child abuse recognition and reporting—mandatory training requirement).

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