FROM THE DESK OF MABPCB BOARD PRESIDENT BRANDEE IZQUIERDO
We are aware that trainings are being canceled or postponed during this health emergency which may result in difficulties re-certifying credentials on or before expiration dates. In addition to this we understand that we will need to find innovative ways to continue your education and have set a few new standards in the wake of this pandemic.
Below you will find this information:
- For 90 days after the July 1st re-certification requirement, MABPCB will waive the extra lapsed fee for any certified professional who is late re-certifying their credential. When you are able, you will simply re-certify as normal (You have up to one year beyond your expiration date to re-certify your credential so there is no need to request an extension or waiver).
- An online training system is being established to meet the needs of the Maryland Peer Network. This system will allow full online learning opportunities to commence. All online learning will require a post test and a certificate of completion. Note: We will continue to update you as we identify these online learning opportunities. For example, we are working in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Certification Board to offer some of their trainings which have already been vetted by their educational committee. You can access the trainings by logging onto the PCB website at https://www.pacertboard.org/education (use the navigation bar on the left to search by Region/Location, In Person Training and or Online/Home Study)..
- MABPCB and BHA are working together closely to bring trainings to you. As many of you know, testing for Peer Certification is on hold. However, as we continue collaboration, training toward peer certification will continue to be a top priority. Please stay abreast of the latest updates from MABPCB and BHA and share with your networks.
- Organizational providers who wish to move their trainings to an online platform and have already had their trainings vetted by MABPCB must submit an “online transition” request to the board for approval.
- Finally, MABPCB will accept electronic submission of applications to eliminate delayed processing and to ensure our administrator has minimal contact in an effort to comply with current preventive measures set in place by the state.
Please stay safe and healthy. It takes a village and we will all get through this trying time together!