Let’s face it keeping up with your RCFE license’s on-going and continuing education requires a little preplanning. This is definitely something you don’t want to put off until the last minute. Every two-years before you can pay for your certification renewal, you will have to complete 40-hours of RCFE continuation education. Only 20 hours can be online, the rest will have to be in a physical classroom.
In 2020, we may find that online continuing education for your RCFE requirements is the new norm due to the CoronaVirus (Covid-19), but we haven’t had word on that yet. Currently, the law and the rules read; 40-hours, 20 of which can be online. The Great State of California does not allow for any deviation of their rules, if you don’t complete your on-going RCFE education classes on time, you lose your certification and you’ll have to start all over again as if you never had the certification. You don’t want to go there.
Why is the RCFE Certification On-Going Education Required?
Well, the answer is simple. Everything in this industry is constantly changing. New BMPs (Best Management Practices) are being discovered every day. New challenges are constant. Take for instance a natural disaster in Florida, a Hurricane, and the flooding that ensued causing elderly people to be evacuated at the last minute? Some didn’t get out and perished. Or, a similar event during the California Wildfires where not everyone could be saved in time.
We just talked about the CoronaVirus above. There was a residential care facility for the elderly in Kirkland WA were 26 folks contracted Covid-19, many died. Even though not all of these events were in California, you can bet that our CA regulators were looking at the situations and trying to figure out new protocols and ways to prevent that from happening here.
California also has Earthquakes and there are BMPs for how our industry is to deal with that. CA is also serious about superbug viruses in such residential care facilities for the elderly. Are you beginning to see why RCFE certification continuing education and RCFE license on-going education are so important?
Some people think the State of California is out-of-control with over-regulation. Still, when you think about it, the elderly in these residential care facilities are our parents and grandparents and one day it will be us that are cared for. Don’t you want the very best people involved in the care for the elderly? Of course, you do and so we hope we’ve answered your question because this is why RCFE certification continuing education is a state requirement.