PECS Certification Renewals

Review PECS Book 2018 for full details–below for the key elements.

Get enough professional development: average 15 contact hours or 1 semester hour of college work per year

  • Contact hours (in general)
    • At least 10 of the contact hours must be live training (including livestreamed) from other (credible) organizations
    • Up to 5 (annual average) may be non-live training or in-house training*
  • Contact hours (additional considerations)
    • *When someone has presented a session for another organization (e.g., SCACS), that session is considered as external even when they present it during training at their own school.
    • A session leader receives twice the contact hour credit for each session presented.
    • Sessions such as CPR count only for PE teachers and coaches.
    • MinistrySafe training counts only once for this purpose even though BJA requires a regular review of that training.
    • Extra hours completed during a certification period? Up to 15 contact hours from one period may be used for the next one instead.

Keep the documentation

  • CEU training certificates from training/convention
    • Note: For conventions, when you have a training certificate for the full convention, you can put the full training event on your log without listing sessions separately (e.g., SCACS 2023, 10 CEU’s …).
  • Updated college transcript (original from college)
  • BJA PD: When the title includes “BJA PD,” list each training on your log, but you won’t submit a training certificate. (PECS is using their documentation of their approvals for our sessions in lieu of having teachers submitting training certificates.)

Keep a log of that documented PD

Renew on time

  • See details in PECS Book 2018
  • BJA helps and pays for the initial certification; faculty/staff handle and pay for their own renewal. [Use slow mail or call 803-798-7558 to pay over the phone using your credit card and to arrange to email PDF’s.]
  • When not renewed before expiration
    • Late fee applies
    • If expired for more than a year, additional contact hours/college credits are required for recertification

BJA’s PD (to add to your personal log)