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.