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"What is required between REP and PDP?"

"What is required between REP and PDP?"

"I know that the Re-licensing Education Requirements (REP) requires licensees to complete two courses every licensing cycle as a condition of continued licensing. The first cycle begins January 1, 2007. This means that licensees must complete two REP courses in 2007-2009 licensing cycle in order to renew their license in 2009. Now I have a little bit of confusion. My license will expire on December 23, 2007. Do I need to complete the two REP courses in 2006-2007? Furthermore, Professional Development program (PDP) requires licensees to complete 18 credits as a condition of continued REBGV membership. When does the first cycle of (PDP) begin? Do I need to finish 18 credits in 2006-2007 in order to re-license on December 23, 2007?"

There is lots of confusion about what is required between REP and PDP. Starting January 1, 2007 the Council’s REP requirement starts in effect. The two year cycle for the Council gives the licensee two years from their next license renewal date, meaning the clock starts ticking at the time of the license renewal. This is for anyone renewing starting January 1, 2007. So in this case, the license renews on December 23, 2007, so the requirement to have completed 12 units (two 6 hours courses) will be by December 23, 2009.

If your license were to renew on December 23, 2006, then the next renewal will be December 23, 2008 and from that date (2008) you have two years to complete your REP requirement which would give you until December 23, 2010.

The PDP requirements are to have completed 18 units by January 1, 2009, (three years to complete the initial cycle) then 18 units every two years thereafter. So the two programs (REP and PDP) tie together requiring you to have completed your first cycle by January 1, 2009. For example if your license were to renew on February 1, 2007 then REP gives you until February 1, 2009 but the PDP will require you to have completed all requirements by January 1, 2009 so that is the date you need to worry about. 

Finally, you should note that the Council has allowed BCREA and the Boards to keep track of the course completions. Royal Pacific will be offering PDP courses in various ways including a ‘training at sea’ session we are working on for next May. This will provide an opportunity to complete all your PDP requirements during a 7 day cruise, and the cost of the trip will be tax deductible. Stay tuned for further details.

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