As part of renewing his or her LSP license every three years, each LSP
shall demonstrate to the Board's satisfaction that he or she has earned
a minimum of 48 continuing education credits. These credits can be earned
only by successfully completing Board-approved courses or by attending
Regulations governing the approval of courses and conferences for continuing
education credit have been promulgated by the LSP Board at 309 CMR 3.09.
Who may submit requests for Board approval? Either a licensee
or a course provider may submit a request that a particular course be
approved for continuing education credit for LSPs. Only a conference sponsor
may submit a request that a conference be approved for credit.
To whom should requests be submitted? Requests for approval should
be mailed to:
Beverly Coles-Roby, Boards Executive Director
One Winter Street - 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02108
I. BOARD-APPROVED COURSES
To be designated as a "Board-approved" course, a course must meet
the following requirements:
Subject matter. To be approved for credit, a course or conference
must be reasonably likely to maintain or enhance an LSP's ability to
render competent, professional LSP services. Courses must contain content
that meets the Board's definition of either a "DEP Course," a "Regulatory"
course or a "Technical" course.
DEP Courses: Approved "DEP Courses" must be taught in whole
or in substantial part by personnel at the Department of Environmental
Protection ("DEP"), and DEP must have demonstrated, to the Board's satisfaction,
that the course subject matter is directly focused on regulatory and/or
technical topics that are reasonably likely to maintain or enhance the
ability of LSPs to perform, supervise and/or coordinate response actions
(i.e., site investigations, risk characterizations, or remediations)
in Massachusetts in compliance with applicable regulatory requirements.
To be designated as a "DEP Course," a course must also be proposed as
such by DEP and approved as a "DEP Course" by the Board.
Regulatory Courses: Approved "Regulatory" courses must have
educational content that is reasonably likely to maintain or enhance
the ability of LSPs to competently perform, supervise and/or coordinate
response actions (i.e., site investigations, risk characterizations,
or remediations) in Massachusetts in compliance with applicable regulatory
requirements. Approvable "Regulatory" courses must be directly focused
on an understanding of, and compliance with, the panoply of legal and
regulatory requirements applicable to the provision of LSP services
Technical Courses: Approved "Technical" courses must have educational
content that is reasonably likely to maintain or enhance the ability
of LSPs to competently perform, supervise and/or coordinate the scientific
and/or technical components of response actions (i.e., site investigations,
risk characterizations, or remediations) in Massachusetts. Approvable
technical courses are directly concerned with performing such activities;
however, if the technical subject matter of the course is more generally
focused, it should at least be demonstrably relevant to the scientific
and/or technical components of response actions at disposal sites in
General course requirements. To be considered by the Board for
approval as a continuing education course, a licensee or a course provider
must demonstrate that:
- adequate attendance records will be maintained;
- for courses not offered as part of a university or college curriculum,
at least one (1) contiguous hour of instruction will be provided;
- the course will be taught by competent instructors knowledgeable
in the subject matter to be presented; and
- a written outline or syllabus will be followed.
Requests for approval of courses. The Board strongly prefers
that requests for course approval be submitted at least two months before
the course is to commence. The Board meets only once a month and will
endeavor to act on a request within two months of its receipt. Requests
for retroactive approval of continuing education courses (i.e., courses
already commenced or completed by the time the Board meets to review
the requests for their approval) are disfavored but may be approved,
at the Board's discretion, if the provider has maintained a record of
attendance and the other requirements for course approval are met.
A complete request for approval of a continuing education course must
include the following information:
- Date(s), time(s) and location(s) of the course.
- The number of continuing education credits requested. (Generally,
the Board allows one credit for each hour of approved course instruction
actually attended by a licensee. Special rules apply, however, to
courses offered as part of a university or college curriculum. See
309 CMR 3.09(8).)
- A written course outline or syllabus.
- A written statement describing the course and establishing its
relevance to oil or hazardous materials assessment, containment,
or removal activities at disposal sites in Massachusetts.
- The credentials of the instructor(s).
- A statement that the sponsoring organization will maintain a record
of attendance and will follow the course outline or syllabus.
- The different credit options (if any) attending LSPs will have
for earning specified hours of continuing education credit.
- For all courses, including conference workshops,
a statement that the sponsoring organization will, at the completion
of the course, conduct an evaluation of the course instructor(s)
using, at a minimum, evaluations prepared confidentially by the
students attending the course and maintained in such a manner that
the identity of each student evaluator is not disclosed to the course
- Any other information which the Board requests of the licensee
or course provider to demonstrate compliance with the Board's continuing
education regulation at 309 Code Mass. Regs. 3.09.
II. BOARD-APPROVED CONFERENCES
LSPs may obtain credit on a 1-for-2 basis (i.e., 50% credit) for attending
Board-approved conferences, and they may obtain credit on a 1-for-1
basis (i.e., 100% credit) for attending Board-approved workshops or
mini-courses that occur at conferences, subject to the requirements
set forth below.
Requests for approval of conferences: To be approved as a "Board-approved"
conference, a sponsor must, prior to the conference, submit a request
for approval to the Board enclosing the following:
- A full description of the conference, including a description and
schedule for each of its sessions, workshops, and demonstrations.
- The date, time, and location of the conference.
- A statement that the sponsor will comply with all the requirements
set forth in 309 CMR 3.09(9)(c) and 3.09(9)(d), which require the
maintenance of a sign-in/sign-out log and describe the rules for calculating
- If the provider is seeking 1:1 credit for any workshops, all the
information required for approval of a course (above) must be submitted
for each such workshop.
For additional information. Please call Beverly Coles-Roby, the Board's
Executive Director, at 617-292-5985, or send him an e-mail