License Renewal FAQ: Residential Child and Youth Care Practitioners
When do I renew my certificate?
A Certified Residential Child and Youth Care Practitioner (“RCYCP”) must renew their certification every 2 years.
What do I need to renew my certification?
In order to qualify for renewal. RCYCPs must return the following documentation to the Board:
- Complete the online Renewal application
- The renewal fee is $50.00 (COMAR 10.57.03.03)
- Submit to the Board evidence of completion of a State and Federal Background Check using the Board’s Authorization and ORI number (the live scan form was included with the renewal information sent by email). The Board may not issue the certificate if the criminal history record information is not received.
- Complete a Child Protective Services Background Clearances Request form and mail to your local DHS office, it can take up to 30-45 days for Board staff to receive the CPS results. (Form was included with your renewal information sent by email).
- Evidence of completion of 20 continuing education units (certificates of attendance or completion must state the sponsoring organization, your name, and the total number of CEUs earned for the continuing education activity. There is a section within the online education to enter all CEUs and attendance dates.
- RCYCPs must maintain copies of certificates of attendance or completion of all continuing education programs, until the next renewal.
Please note that certificates of attendance or completion must state the sponsoring organization, your name and the total number of CEUs earned for the continuing education activity.
When will I receive my renewal notice?
At least 1 month prior to the expiration of your certificate, the State Board will send you a renewal notice by email. The State Board will also mail a renewal card by first class mail to your address of record. The renewal card will state the date that your certification expires, the date by which your renewal application must be received by the State Board for a renewal certificate to be issued, and the amount of your renewal fee.
When can I renew my certificate?
RCYCPs can began the online renewal process starting July 15. At 12:00 a.m. on October 1, the online renewal will no longer allow you to login to complete the online application.
What are the Continuing Education Unit Requirements for renewal?
RCYCPs are required to complete 20 CEUs within the 2-year period prior to their renewal date. Continuing Education is meant to foster improvement advancement, and extension of the RCYCP’s professional skill and knowledge relating to Residential Child Care Programs. Continuing education is meant to be training obtained above the minimum annual training requirements in COMAR 14.31.06 (F). Continuing Education may include academic coursework, workshop, seminars, symposiums, conferences, audiovisual self-study, etc.
The State Board will accept a maximum of 5 CEU credits per renewal cycle in the content area of behavioral management. Programs included in this content area are the State approved behavioral intervention trainings on the Governor’s Office for Children website. Continuing education may not include CPR or first aid.
What happens if I have not obtained the required Continuing Education Units for renewal?
The online renewal will not allow you proceed with your application unless you have completed the required continuing education. If you enter the CEUs completed you must have the documentation to prove that you completed the CEUs. The date listed on your CEUs must be consistent with the dates entered in the online renewal application. If you do not have the required continuing education, you should contact the Board immediately.
The Board will not consider an application completed until it has received all required materials. COMAR 10.57.03.01 (C).
Will there be an audit of Continuing Education Unit requirements?
Yes, the State Board conducts a random audit to assure compliance with continuing education requirements for renewal. RCYCPs must provide, upon request:
- documentation validating attendance at each program listed. Examples of documentation include: certificates of completion and transcripts for academic courses. If a certificate of completion is not available, the Board will accept the following documentation of the presentation: (a) dates on which the program was presented; (b) names of the presenters; (c) topics presented; and (4) an outline of the presentation.
Does the Board offer an inactive Status?
No. the State Board’s stature does not permit the election of inactive status. If a RCYCP chooses to not renew their certification, they must complete the Non-Renewed Status Notification form. This form is available on the State Board’s website.
What happens if I fail to renew my certification?
If you fail to renew your certificate by your expiration date, your certificate will expire by 12:00 a.m. midnight and you will be non-renewed and will have to complete a reinstatement application and pay an additional fee. There is no grace period.
Once your certificate expires, you are not eligible to practice as a Residential Child and Youth Care Practitioner, if you do, you are in violation of the Maryland Certification of Residential Child Care Program Professionals Act. The foregoing action constitutes a violation of the Health Occupation Article, Title 20 §§§20-401, 402 and 404 and COMAR 10.57.02 and 10.57.05. Further, pursuant to §20-405. “A person who violates any provision of this title is guilty of a misdemeanor and or conviction subject to a fine not exceeding $1,000 for the first offense and a subsequent violation of the same provision. The State Board considers these violations of the same provision. The State Board considers these serious violations and may refer to the State’s Attorney Office as appropriate.
If you fail to renew your certification, you will be required to submit to the Board a reinstatement application, evidence of satisfactory completion of your required CEUs and complete the State and Federal criminal history background check and the CPS Background Clearance.