.11 Exceptions from Any of the Requirements.

Before attending a program, a social worker requesting an exception from any of the requirements of this chapter shall provide:

A. Official documentation that confirms circumstances beyond the control of the social worker because of:

(1) A functional impairment or prolonged illness that has been diagnosed by a health care practitioner;

(2) Mandatory military service or deployment;

(3) A prolonged absence from the United States;

(4) An officially declared State of Emergency or disaster; or

(5) Financial hardship;

B. Documentation that describes the continuing education programs selected by the social worker considered equivalent to continuing education activities described in this chapter; and

C. An acceptable procedure for documenting the continuing education units.

D. The Board shall audit a social worker who has been granted an exception from the continuing education requirements.