Request for Certification as an Approved Sponsor of Continuing Education Programs
The SC Planning Education Advisory Committee (SCPEAC), established pursuant to Section 6-29-1310 (et. Seq.) South Carolina Code of Laws, seeks proposals by providers of educational programs and/or courses to be reviewed and considered for certification by the Advisory Committee.
Title 6, Chapter 29, South Carolina Local Government Comprehensive Planning Enabling Act Of 1994, Article 9 requires a minimum of 3 hours of continuing education (CE) annually for those who are not exempt pursuant to Section 6-29-1350. Appointed officials (planning commissioners, board of zoning appeals members, or board of architectural review members) and professional employees (planning professionals, zoning administrator or official, or a deputy or assistant to the above) are required to comply with the educational provisions. See Section 6-29-1310 (et. Seq.) for further details.
Technology offers opportunities to enhance traditional learning models by increasing access to educational opportunities for officials or employees. Educational proposals from an array of providers and through different formats will be considered, dependent upon quality control provisions. All formats must include a Coordinator. See below for information on Coordinator qualifications; no self-educational methods are authorized.
Credit Hours are based on actual minutes of education including reasonable question and answer periods during the class. Note: Introductory remarks, business meetings, breaks, receptions, luncheons, etc. are not to be included in the computation of credit.
The Committee has determined that certain organizations provide conferences and training programs that meet the standards for continuing education and may be pre-approved as Sponsors of such programs. Sponsors do not need to gain separate approval for individual program offerings. List of Approved Sponsors.
Organizations wishing to become an Approved Sponsor should use the Application for Accreditation as a Sponsoring Organization of Continuing Education Programs. The Committee reserves the authority to audit and review programs of Approved Sponsors and to revoke the Approved Sponsor status if, in the sole determination of the Committee, the standards for continuing education programs are not being upheld.
All proposals will be reviewed by the Advisory Committee and applicants will be informed of the action taken with 30 days of receipt by the SCPEAC Chariman.Application for Accreditation as a Sponsoring Organization of Continuing Education Programs
Continuing Education Programs provided by approved Sponsors can be delivered in a variety of formats, including but not limited to: conferences; seminars; training sessions and programs; live remote broadcasts of conferences and seminars; taped rebroadcasts of conferences or seminars; audio tape presentations; web-based presentations; CD-ROMS; DVDs; or similar media under the following conditions.
- The training is conducted in a group or classroom setting. No self-study or home study is allowed.
- The subject matter of the continuing education training program must be consistent with the requirements of SC Code Sec. 6-29-1340(c).
- There must be a Coordinator present during all portions of the continuing education training program. See below for Coordinator Qualifications.
- Be in a position of authority
- Have a working knowledge of the subject material as it pertains to the jurisdiction
- Have knowledge of the jurisdiction(s) attending the presentation
- Be able to facilitate discussion
- Be able to confirm attendance of participants
- Coordinators need not meet the exemption requirements of the State Code
Note: State law requires certification of attendance.
We have provided a model for A Uniform Certificate of Attendance for use in the Continuing Education training. This is a suggested model to document attendance at the activities. See SC Code Sec. 6-29-1360. This is not a requirement but a suggested model.The model Uniform Certificate of Attendance.
Questions pertaining to any of these applications or general information should be directed to:
One Town Center Court
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928