(1) A minimum of four hours of specialized continuing education (CE) relevant to impairment evaluation shall be obtained every four years.
(a) These hours shall be in addition to the CE required for the underlying chiropractic license.
(b) CE approved by the board must directly relate to impairment evaluation and shall be affiliated with national, regional, or state chiropractic associations, state licensing boards, academies, colleges of chiropractic, or education approved by the Federation of Chiropractic Licensure Board (FCLB) Providers of Approved Continuing Education (PACE).
(c) The department shall conduct a random audit of impairment evaluator certificate holders every four years to verify compliance with the requirements.
(d) A three-month extension will be provided for all licensees who fail to meet the continuing education requirements as a result of an audit. Failure to meet this extension may result in disciplinary action.
(e) Any impairment evaluator seeking a hardship waiver from the CE requirements shall apply to the board, in writing, as soon as possible after the hardship is identified and prior to the end of the period for completing the continuing education.
(i) Specific details of the hardship must be included.
(ii) The board must find that a hardship exists.
(iii) The waiver may be absolute or conditional.
(2) Persistent deviation from generally accepted standards for impairment evaluation may be grounds for disciplinary action, which may include revocation of the impairment evaluator certificate.
(3) Impairment evaluators must comply with ARM 24.29.1415. This rule is available at www.mtrules.org.
(4) Impairment evaluator licenses shall be renewed annually.