HELP us to spread the word about the importance of early renewal!
We have designed an informative poster and presentation that we need your assistance in distributing and displaying to help encourage DPR “A-L” license and certificate holders to submit their renewal applications early. These items are instrumental in getting the “call to action” message across to our licensees. They encourage licensees to renew early and register with their county earlier; and most importantly brings awareness that submitting early best ensures they will have a valid license come January 1, 2021! The poster and presentation are available on the DPR web site at the following links:
Note that due to the ability to receive continuing education (CE) hours without attending in-person classes, DPR is not considering an extension for 2020 renewals. There are currently many DPR-approved online and correspondence-style courses available that can be taken during the day, evening or weekends from home or the office to satisfy CE requirements: https://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/license/cont_ed_cfm/CE_Continuous_2020.pdf.
Many in-person courses have already been converted or are currently being converted to webinar format. We expect there will be more classes moving to online, smartphone, and tablet-friendly formats as the year progresses. Individuals can find these courses, which are available on a specific date and time, by checking the date-specific CE courses available (organized by month): https://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/license/cont_ed_cfm/classes.htm. Individuals should check DPR’s web pages often as new classes are approved weekly. In addition, DPR is currently developing a correspondence (text-based) CE course for 2020 that will provide 4 hours of “laws and regulations” CE for those who successfully complete it. We expect to have this course finalized and available in October.
DPR highly recommends renewing early and submitting renewal applications by November 1 in order to be issued a license or certificate by December 31, as the renewal process takes up to 60 days. Submitting before November 1 also allows DPR staff additional time to help resolve any issues that are identified during processing and before the license or certificate expires. For example, if someone is short CE hours DPR staff can contact the licensee giving them enough time to get the additional CE preventing them from having to retest in all categories, including laws and regulations.
Please help us get the word out ─ together we can make this renewal season a success!